I don't think the team has gotten worse vs last year. I think Ben papered over a lot of the issues. First, I will say Ben was over the hill and it was the right time to retire after last season. He was too limited in his mobility and deep passing accuracy. However, his ability to make quick decisions and hit the open receiver allowed us to have 4th quarter comeback wins in most of the games we won last year. Without Ben scrapping the play book and "drawing plays up in the dirt" in the 4th quarter of those games, we would have only had 3-5 wins. I'm not sure what the answer is. There are too many problems to identify the main ones. Certainly a new offensive play calling philosophy is needed. I would say benching Najee at least for a game or two to get him right also makes sense. Getting TJ back will paper over issues on the defense much like Ben did for the offense during his HOF career. Whether Tomlin should go is a tough one. Maybe it's time for a fresh start with this rebuild. He's been here for about as long as Cowher was. Things tend to get stale after awhile. Tomlin hasn't lost the locker room but maybe he's not the right coach to develop a young team and help them achieve their maximum potential.