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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin in the first half at Heinz Field on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 in Pittsburgh.

This article contains opinion.

 

Here is a quote from an article of mine published January 2019.

“No matter where the game is played, there will be a guaranteed sea of yellow Terrible Towels waving in the stands. It’s a sight so beautiful, I imagine the gates of Heaven floating upon a massive, faded-yellow Terrible Towel, and as you cross into the promised land, you hear an angelic echo of Myron Cope’s ‘Yoi, Double Yoi!’ ringing through your halo.” 

I wrote this 11 months ago, and if that isn’t the truest damn thing I ever said, I don’t know what is. 

The game was played in Phoenix; however, the stadium was filled with majority Steeler fans. That is the second time this season Pittsburgh fans have dominated the opposing stadium, the first of which happened in Los Angeles in Week 6. 

Since Devlin Hodges’ first start Week 6 against the Chargers, Pittsburgh has won six out of seven games. The success is a result of the standard: winning the Super Bowl in Pittsburgh. 

The players, coaches and fans are all on the same page when it comes to the drive for success. Although the last few seasons Pittsburgh has suffered overwhelming disappointment, there is a sense of a culture change this year. 

The Steelers under head coach Mike Tomlin have grown accustomed to losing “trap” games, or games in which Pittsburgh is heavily favored. That is not the case this year, as Tomlin has his team fired up to win no matter who the opponent is. 

We all know Tomlin was on the hot seat heading into this season, and now, he is a frontrunner for coach of the year. I noticed something very impactful during the game Sunday. After T.J Watt’s interception in the end zone, he ran to the sideline and immediately went to coach Tomlin to celebrate. 

The act demonstrated a bond between coach and player necessary for success. It is no question Watt is the frontrunner for defensive player of the year as well. I could list all the players on the defensive side of the ball for the Steelers and have something good to say. That is something Pittsburgh fans are not used to. 

The last time that a Steelers team had a dominant defense was 2010. Last time Big Ben had a good defense, he led the team to three Super Bowls. So, let’s all take a moment to send a prayer up to the Chief Art Rooney in hopes of a Ben Roethlisberger return next season. 

Although, it is so damn entertaining watching this defense win games. It is a constant flow of big play after big play. Hell, when Bud Dupree is performing like this, no one in Pittsburgh should be in a bad mood. 

The second best thing to a Super Bowl that Pittsburgh can achieve this season is serving Tom Brady a loss in the final game of his career this January. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though; there is a lot of football to be played. 

So do yourself a favor: sit down, shut up, crack open an Iron City and wave that Terrible Towel.

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