The Pittsburgh Steelers at its height, in many ways, was a fundamentally physical organization and is viewed by the NFL as the antithesis of their premier franchise, the New England Patriots. One team is clearly a family run organization; the other is not. One team has a reputation for having its roots in a tough, blue collar working culture; the other team is not.
One team has been directly associated with scandals (e.g capital murder conviction, an arrest for indecent assault and battery, Spygate, Deflategate, Headsetgate on and on); the other team has not. One team over a decade, has been the direct beneficiary of the league’s rule changes while the other team has had to conform to those rule changes with many fines levied.
One team has been the direct and overwhelming target of NFL fines for hitting too hard, as well as minor dress violations over the last decade, while the other team has not. Both head coaches have mastered a cerebral understanding of the game, but exemplify a different manner of connecting to personnel. ‘The Patriots Way, encompasses Belichick’s quiet no-nonsense my-way-or-the-highway approach to coaching, while Tomlin allows players to express and be themselves and that has gotten his players into trouble over the years.