In the wake of that loss, which dropped Mike Tomlin's team to a middling 3-3, former Steelers coach Bill Cowher and wide receiver Hines Ward spoke out. Cowher, who coached the team from 1992 to 2006, said his former team had "gotten soft." Ward spoke with disbelief about how the once-bruising Steelers had become a "finesse offense."
"I don't worry about that; that's elevator music," Tomlin said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Love those guys, but those guys are on the outside looking in."
"Hopefully, we carry the baggage or the stench of that one for some time and use it as positive fuel," Tomlin said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Ward believes the Steelers are "very close to hitting that panic button." We're not sure Ward remains close enough to the organization to know that to be true, but Tomlin's comments on Tuesday tell us he's shifting into a different mode with his players. Start winning, or start facing the consequences.