NEW YORK (AP) -- Comments on the Pittsburgh Steelers by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (17)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 17) -- Playoffs missed on 40th anniversary of Immaculate Reception is sacrilege.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 21) -- Age, injuries, and inconsistent offense could not be overcome.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 15)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 15) -- Never saw this coming, a complete collapse for Tomlin and the Steelers losing five of their last six down the stretch.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 17) -- Not used to seeing a playoff concession speech by Mike Tomlin. But his team hasn't been right all season, so this is what he's left with.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 19) -- The Steelers lead the NFL in defense this season, but a paucity of sacks (33) and takeaways (16) have spelled their doom.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 19) -- 'Tis not the season to be jolly in Pittsburgh. Five losses in six games keep the coal industry in business.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 17) -- Mediocrity doesn't cut it with the Steelers, and that's why they'll soon be back.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 19) -- Steelers' story is like the Giants story a disappointment!
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 17)
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 18) -- Expect significant roster changes next year because of player age and salary-cap restraints. That should make for an emotional season-finale against visiting Cleveland.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 16) -- Be careful what you wish for, angry Steelers fans. Firing Mike Tomlin is not the answer.