Terry Bradshaw: Mike Tomlin is ‘not my kind of coach’

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin watches the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field on Aug. 30.Photo Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Bradshaw: “Mike Tomlin is winning football games, but at the same time, Super Bowls are disappearing."

Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw has been very public with his criticism of the teams current head coach Mike Tomlin over the last few years.

The NFL television analyst was at it again recently, telling 97.3 The Fan in San Diego that Tomlin might get more out of his team if he altered his approach as a players coach.

I played for a tough sucker, and I was afraid of him, and we played our (expletive) off for him because we feared him, the 70-year-old Bradshaw said of his coach, Chuck Noll. I dont see that with this guy. Hes chest bumping and all that.

Im the head of the corporation, Im the CEO, Im the chairman of the board, Im talking to the stockholders telling them heres how were gonna do at the end of the quarter. Im selling this thing, and Im not delivering the goods, which is championships. Youve got to face the criticism. Im sorry, but hes not my kind of coach. Ive said it before, Ill say it again.

The Steelers won one Super Bowl in 2008 under Tomlins watch, although Bradshaw feels that number would be greater if the team had a better coach.

Mike Tomlin is winning football games, but at the same time, Super Bowls are disappearing, and thats my criticism, Bradshaw said. How can you have this great offense and you being a defensive guy, and I think that football team should have been in another Super Bowl or two. How could they not be?

And to lose at home to Jacksonville (in the AFC divisional round), I dont care how good of a run Jacksonville is on, I dont care how Jacksonville played New England in the championship game. You dont lose 45-42. Are you kidding me? In a championship game?

Bradshaw criticized Tomlin for offensive coordinator Todd Haleys departure in January. Pittsburgh promptly promoted wide receivers coach Randy Fichtner to offensive coordinator, while Haley later assumed the same position with the Cleveland Browns.

Bradshaw also famously referred to Tomlin as a great cheerleader guy in December 2016.

Bradshaw quarterbacked the Steelers from 1970-83 and won four Super Bowl titles. He is considered one of the top players in Pittsburgh history.

Noll had 193 career wins with the Steelers from 1969-1991.

As a comparison, Tomlin has never had a losing record. He is one of eight head coaches in NFL history to win at least 100 games in the first 10 years on the job.

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