What coaches (NFL, NCAA) would you consider as replacements here? And what would happen if tomorrow, we implemented the following changes:
*Omar Khan replaces Kevin Colbert as GM.
*John Mitchell replaces Mike Tomlin as HC.
*Mike Munchak is promoted to assistant HC.
*Keith Butler replaces Dick LeBeau as DC.
*Randy Fichtner replaces Todd Haley as OC.
TBH, don't know enough about a couple of those guys to offer any sort of informed opinion.
What I would say though, I think they need some new eyes with fresh perspectives and previous experience, not guys that have been position coaches for years (a couple of them in Pittsburgh) that get a bump because they're in the right place at the right time.
Despite what people say about the coaching, I think where they need their biggest changes is in the talent evaluation department. Whether it's the GM, player personnel people, director of football administration or football operations from top to bottom, this is where it starts and it's what they've been severely lacking.
IDGAF if you hire Jesus Christ himself to coach them, you can't coach a player to be talented. Like you said (see sig stating the obvious), they suck because their drafts have been the suck. Can't make lemonade from shit. Couple that with piddly FA acquisitions here and there and well, you've got an 8-8 product if you're lucky; probably be more like 5-11 if they didn't have a top 10 QB...who hasn't exactly been razor sharp so far this year either, BTW.
Fix the guy(s) that scout, research, study and pick the talent and you'd see a significant improvement on this team. Just look at teams like the Hags and the Niners. It's not like Carroll and Harbaugh showed up and sprinkled some magical pixie dust on the guys on the roster and they became good. They had some nice players, but they followed that up with solid drafts and good supplemental FA moves.
Shit, I remember when Carroll picked Bruce Irvin in R1 2 or 3 years ago and many (myself included) eyerolled that it was a terrible pick, he was reaching to fill a need, guy didn't understand how things are done in the NFL, etc.
Yeah...several home run draft picks later...