Every fan loves that feeling when you catch the head coach in a mistake. Guys like Mike Tomlin make a gazillion dollars and have legions hanging on their every word. How cool are you and I if we could do the job better? I daresay that most of us do it in much the same way: We pick some detail like a blown timeout or a stupid call Pittsburgh Steelers Hoodie , emphasize his role in that decision, and then (rightly) point out that he got it wrong while we were yelling the right answer out loud at our TV. We win. He loses. All is right with the world, except for suffering through the consequences of that blankety-blank blunder.Every honest fan also knows that it’s also a combination of fantasy and envy when push comes to shove. If we know enough to see the mistake, we also know that all these details are little more than a typo in a really big article. They matter, but Coach Tomlin’s skill at attracting, managing and retaining strong personalities in the coaching room matters a whole lot more. So do his ability to manage number-nerds in the front office, egos at every level, and story-hungry reporters desperate for a headline. The sheer number of vital, do-or-die tasks may be the hardest part of the job. That said, there are two particular coaching challenges that may be the most important of all. Alas, but I doubt you’ll ever hear a question asked about either one, let even find a coach who’d give the details we’d really need to hear. Here’s the first:1.“Coach Tomlin, you’ve got some young players like Artie Burns and Brian Allen who haven’t managed to ‘get it’ at the NFL level. You’ve also got some young men who seem to be finally – finally! – turning that corner, like Bud Dupree and Sean Davis. I get that everyone is unique but you’ve been at this a long time. You’ve got to have some teaching tricks that have both worked and failed more often than I’d think. What are the carrots and sticks that have worked for you and your Steelers? Open up a bit and share!”It’s hard to succeed in the NFL and just as hard to keep succeeding after you first start moving up the depth chart. The instant you do, world renowned experts respond by poring over every snap you’ve ever played Merril Hoge Color Rush Jersey , looking in ultra-slow motion for any flaw an opponent could exploit. Imagine if people did that to you in your job? Eek, eepers and egad. And then if other people put your every lapse on looping reruns for prime time, national TV.It would have driven me batty even if I had that level of native talent. For one, I’m a private person and public humiliation would send me into a rage. Strike one. I’m also a man who screams at himself in private. When I search for perfection it always involves some choice adjectives about the fool who made [those] errors. But we all know what happens to NFL players who carry one bad play in to the next one. Strike two. I also get angry at being frustrated, and what could be more frustrating than discovering you’ve got some tiny, subtle, deeply ingrained habit that opponents have learned to target? The proverbial “hole in your swing”? Not much. Strike two-and-a-half. Not a great way to start my new career!This is getting embarrassing so let’s pick on Artie Burns instead. I’ve read, watched and asked a lot of questions about the young Mr. Burns and all that research has convinced me he suffers from one of two problems, or maybe a bit of both. First, he may be the version of me who gets so wrapped up overthinking things that it creates the occasional “Doh!” moment where thought and reality lose their link. You know, like imagining he’s got Safety or Linebacker support against Tyler Boyd even though he’d never make that mistake in a classroom. How the heck do you “coach up” a pure, mental blunder? If you yell at the kid he’ll only push that much harder at himself, and that could make the “Doh!” moments even more common. But how can he learn if you shrug it off and say, “It’ll be okay” like Mommy patting your booboo? I have no answer but Coach Mike is a famous expert. “Coach, can you share?”Second Franco Harris Jersey , it’s possible that Artie he has some tiny set of habits that helped in college but hurt in the pros. This is one I’ve dealt with in another context, so I can give a concrete example. Fact #1: if you glide forward as you throw a jab, your hand speed and your foot speed will combine; and since feet are faster than hands, a boxer can more than double the speed of his punch by stepping in as he throws it. Fact #2: top level boxers have skills and reflexes so amazing that they can time that movement well enough to hit you as you move; which more than doubles the impact of fist on face, and leads to deleterious results. Thus a little bit of lunging - especially smooth and subtle lunging - will definitely help you climb the ladder toward success. But the same habit will get you killed against the champions you want to face at the top.FWIW I know of only two answers to this dilemma in the martial arts context: you must either be such a dominant physical genius that no one can match your speed (and then quit before you age), or you must tear down the habits that got you to success and then rebuild a sounder foundation (while surviving the dip as you abandon what used to work). Good frickin’ luck with either if you’re already competing at the top of the world.I’m actually a pretty good teacher for this kind of thing. I can both see and teach the essential body dynamics. But Mike Tomlin and his coaches are among the best in the world at it. “Coach, can you share?”It really is hard to overcome failure in the NFL regardless of your natural gifts. [Cough cough] Justin Gilbert [cough]. It may be even harder to conquer the problems that come with success.2.“Coach, you’ve got a lot of first contract players who have shined right away, like Juju Smith-Schuster, TJ Watt, and others we could name. You drafted them very young and some have never had to overcome the failures that chased the men we critiqued above. How are you going to help them mature as pros and deal with the problems of success?”We all remember what happened to Ben. Enter from stage left: A young bachelor as rich as Croesus, famous as an all-star QB, leading an NFL team of grown men, and forced to choose among the beautiful women begging for his attention鈥?Exit on stage right: A young man drowning in disgrace who barely avoided jail time. I’m not throwing stones. I’ve often admitted how likely I would have been to fail in much the same way. The point is this: Big Ben nailed the how-to-win part, but he flunked the how-to-deal-with-winning follow up. And he isn’t alone in that kind of situation. Pick your diva receiver https://www.steelerssportshop.com/Rod-Woodson-Jersey , spoiled brat runner, crazy man linebacker, or what-have-you and you’ll see the same thing play out with disturbing regularity. How could it be different? Add it up: (i) men who are far too young to have true emotional maturity; (ii) a national stage to fill their heads with constant praise; (iii) the undefeated ego of someone who’s always won regardless; (iv) pockets with infinite money; and of course (v) pants bursting with [you know what]. Do the math and make your prediction. It’s amazing how many of them actually stay grounded.Speaking of which, what does that really mean? “Stay grounded” and “remember your roots” are awful pieces of advice – downright absurd! – for a lot of the young men we’re talking about. Antonio Brown grew up on the “Street Of Death” in Miami’s worst slum, without a father, evicted at 16 by his mother, and often living out of a car while trying to get through High School. Many of the “friends” who helped him then are the very sorts of people an NFL star needs to avoid. With the proviso that he also has to shun the sort of snobbery that forgets what brought him out of that pit.Catch-22 much? [And no, that is not a play call!]Nor is AB the only one. Artie Burns could give him a run for his money. Chuks Okorafor formed his character as an immigrant/refugee on the run from dire poverty in at least three different African hellholes. At least he had a family. None of these are unique stories in the NFL, or even particularly odd. We could make a list as long as your arm from all-stars alone.Yes, the Steelers front office is both famous for and obsessive about “character” issues. Even so, talent and need can both have trump cards to play (Martavis Bryant, Chris Rainey), it isn’t possible to get that right every time, people can change for the worse as well as the better, and late round picks (hi AB!) may blossom in both talent and problems. As the old saying goes Rocky Bleier Color Rush Jersey , you can’t play NFL football with a team of choir boys. So I would love to ask Coach Mike this question too. “How do you help these kids to deal with success? My sincere compliments on your track record to date, but please share some tricks of the trade.”No one will ask the questions. I doubt he’d be willing to answer them, at least not on camera. But if I ever get him talking over a dinner table it’s this sort of thing I’d most want to explore. I truly believe his answers could make me a better man. So much focus has been on Rob Gronkowski and the Pittsburgh Steelers inability to stop tight ends from tearing apart their defense. The issue is, no one is talking about running back James White. While no one will dispute that Gronk can burst a game wide open with his ability to get open and make spectacular catches, it is James White who keeps the chains moving game in and game out, and finds his way to the end zone.Gronkowski, the five-time Pro Bowler, has had another injury-plagued season that has cost him not only games, but effectiveness. Looking at Gronk’s stats for 2018, and for his career, puts into perspective the year he is having.4.3 receptions per game: Second worst since his rookie season.63.7 yards per game: Lowest since his rookie season.14.8 yards per receptions: Lowest since 2014.3 touchdowns: Tied for fewest in his career.Through 10 games Gronkowski has two games over 100 yards and zero games with multiple touchdowns. He has not had games where he has taken over a game and part of that is because of what White has done so far in 2018.White is the quintessential multi-faceted NFL back that keeps defensive coordinators up at night. He is not a big pounding back, but has the power to run through tackles even at 205 pounds. No, White does most of his damage through his elusiveness. His 2018 stat line for the season is not flashy, nor does it scare someone just looking at the raw numbers. His 80 carries for 342 yards, 4.3 yards per carry Terry Bradshaw Jersey , is nothing special. White has 76 receptions for 674 yards (8.8 yards per reception) shows his value and the trust Tom Brady has in him.Two stats that were left out above that should have Steelers fans worried, touchdowns and first downs. White is tied for twelfth among NFL players with 10 total touchdowns, six receiving and four rushing. Out of White’s 156 touches, 44 have garnered a first down. That is 44 drives that continued and kept the ball with the Patriots.To put the touchdowns and first downs into perspective, here is what James Conner and Todd Gurley amassed so far in 2018.Gurley: 312 touches, 19 touchdowns, and 70 first downs. That is one first down for every 4.46 touches and one touchdown per 16.4 touches.Conner: 263 touches, 13 touchdowns, and 63 first downs. One first down for every 4.17 touches and one touchdown per 20.2 touches.When crunching White’s numbers you see he finds the end zone every 15.6 touches and nabs a first down every four touches.While White does not have the name recognition of Gronk, but that doesn’t mean he should be discounted and forgotten. The Patriots have many weapons which White leads in touchdowns and receptions as he is an often used weapon of choice for the sixth highest scoring team in the NFL. Keeping No. 28 in check will not be an easy task for defensive coordinator Keith Butler, and his defense that has given up the 26 most points in 2018. If the Steelers do not keep White in check, he may extend the Steelers current three-game losing streak in 2018 and the five-game losing streak the black-and-gold have against the Patriots.