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Report: Steelers limited partners want Mike Tomlin fired

John Tomase
January 16, 2018 - 4:20 pm

Patriots fans love to gloat when Steelers coach Mike Tomlin mismanages the clock, like he did in November's last-second loss to New England, and again in Sunday's shocking 45-42 defeat to the Jaguars in the playoffs.

It turns out some members of Steelers ownership have had enough.

According to a report in ProFootballTalk, the team's limited partners are so incensed over the loss to the Jaguars -- particularly the way the Steelers frittered away the final 47 seconds while needing two scores -- that they plan to lobby owner Art Rooney to fire Tomlin. Writes PFT:

"The limited partners, who became involved nearly a decade ago as member of the Rooney family sold their interest in the team after acquiring gaming interests that violate league policy, have no authority over the management of the team, but they have a pipeline to owner Art Rooney. Per the source, they plan to utilize it."

There's no sense that Rooney shares their desire, and as the story notes, the limited partners don't have a say in the day-to-day operation of the team. But after 11 seasons that have included two trips to the Super Bowl and a title in 2008, perhaps Tomlin's shortcomings are wearing thin on some of the men whose investment at least gives them an audience with the actual ownership.