Is Steelers’ Coach Mike Tomlin one of the great NFL coaches?

No practice, no problem.

At least that’s how the Steelers made it look as they cruised to a 36-10 victory over the Bengals on Sunday. The win took the Steelers to a perfect 9-0 record for the season, and it’s time to start whispering about – if not discussing – the possibility of an unprecedented 17-0 season. And all this in a week in which Mike Tomlin’s team was forced to practice without their quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger spent the week leading up to the game in self-quarantine, attending practice via his iPad, after tight end Vance McDonald tested positive for Covid-19. Steelers’ Coach Mike Tomlin adjusted. The Steelers coach held a limited Friday practice and instead held a long walk-through on Saturday when Roethlisberger was activated from the Covid list and the team had a final chance run through the gameplan in person. It worked, offering a timely reminder of the thing that separates the coach from the vast majority of his peers: Droning excellence…

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