There seems to be a national narrative starting that Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin should be on the hot seat if he suffers a losing season in 2022.

Tomlin, who has never had a losing season as a head coach since taking over in Pittsburgh from Bill Cowher in 2007, is under fire for the way he’s handled the Steelers’ quarterback situation.

Pittsburgh entered the season with free agent addition Mitch Trubisky as the starter.

Tomlin was seemingly committed to playing Trubisky over rookie Kenny Pickett, the Steelers’ first-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.

But after Trubisky proved to be ineffective over the first few weeks of the season, Tomlin decided to go to Pickett in the second half of Pittsburgh’s loss to the New York Jets this past Sunday.

On Tuesday, Tomlin announced that Pickett will be the Steelers’ starting quarterback moving forward.

It’s understandable that Tomlin gave Trubisky a few games to find his footing before making a change. Because once Tomlin went to Pickett, it immediately meant that it would be tough to go back to Trubisky. There’s no putting the genie back in the bottle.

Not everyone, however, agrees with that logic.

There are plenty of folks out there calling for Tomlin’s seat to get warm.

I don’t get it. The man who hasn’t had a losing season despite being a head coach for 15 years should be on the hot seat because of one tough season (there’s a lot of season left, by the way)?

That’s just plain ignorant. Tomlin is one of the best head coaches the sport has ever seen. And he’s still a great coach — he just doesn’t have the same quarterback talent as some of his fellow head coaches. As we all know, it’s all about the quarterback in the NFL.

Until Tomlin has that quarterback, then he’s probably going to struggle a bit — that’s just life in the NFL.

Regardless of the quarterback situation, the last thing anyone needs to be talking about is Tomlin on the hot seat. There are a lot of NFL teams that would absolutely love to have Tomlin leading their franchise.

The Steelers are fortunate to have Tomlin leading the charge. And they shouldn’t take it for granted.

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