To any outsider looking in, you would consider the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2015 season a big success given the circumstances.
The Steelers lost star running back Le'Veon Bell to injury not long after he came back from a suspension, then had to deal with the loss of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for much of the season - with Michael Vick and Landry Jones being forced to deputize.
The Steelers made it out of the AFC North and even beat the Bengals in the wildcard game before losing to the Denver Broncos in a close game. But that wasn't enough for head coach Mike Tomlin, who considers the season a failure.
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Tomlin revealed that the team entered the year with genuine Super Bowl hopes, and so concluding the season with a loss in the divisional round of the postseason is a disappointment.
“I’m disappointed. That’s just an honest answer. I think we all are," Tomlin said, via TimesOnline.com
"We appreciate the support that we get from others, the acknowledgment of the fight and all of that. But, we go into the journey with that understanding, that it’s going to be difficult, that’s it’s going to be a fight, that a fight is going to be required," Tomlin went on to add.
"We set out to be world champion. That was our goal. We meant it. It’s not us this year, so there’s disappointment.”
It's been six years now since the Steelers last won the Lombardi Trophy and the veteran head coach is desperate to get back to the Super Bowl. He'll have to wait 12 months to get his wish now though.
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