Pittsburgh has been a Steelers town since the early 1970’s when a laughingstock of a franchise finally got it right- by hiring Chuck Noll as head coach in 1969 and letting him build a dynasty. People like winners and winning. The Steelers have won six Super Bowl Championships. The Steelers though better get with it- the last three championships won by Pittsburgh teams have been by the Penguins in hockey. The Steelers have been competitive this decade but haven’t been back to the Super Bowl since the one following the 2009 season. I am a Steelers- Penguins and Pirates fan. As much as I love the Steelers and Penguins- my first love was the Pirates and they still are. It has been 38 years since they last won the World Series. The Pirates winning one more is what I long for. Pittsburgh fans are like most fans- irrational. They have high expectations.
An amazing thing about the Steelers- after the 1968 season they fired head coach Bill Austin. They hired an assistant coach from the Baltimore Colts Chuck Noll as their new head coach. Noll’s Steelers won four Super Bowls in his first dozen years. His last decade wasn’t as successful but wasn’t an embarrassment either. He retired. Bill Cowher took over and the Steelers were competitive again- winning a Super Bowl in Cowher’s next to last year. Cowher retired. They hired Mike Tomlin as head coach- he has taken the Steelers to two Super Bowls- winning one. Since 1968 when they fired Bill Austin the Steelers have not fired a head coach- 48 seasons. Stability and patience is what has made the Steelers a great sports franchise.