Steelers, Tomlin talking extension

Once the regular season starts, the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t talk about contract extensions for players.

For coaches, a different rule apparently applies.

According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, the Steelers and head coach Mike Tomlin have been discussing an extension of a deal that currently is set to expire after the 2010 season.

“Even if it doesn’t get announced until after the season, both sides are
very comfortable with the situation,” a Steelers source told Cole.  “I think
Mike feels very comfortable about what the Steelers are going to do for
him.  He’s not out there hanging, not sure what’s going to happen.”

Tomlin’s success and reputation could put him in position to command a huge salary elsewhere, if he wants it.  To stay in Pittsburgh over the long haul, he’ll have to accept the fact that other coaches with lesser accomplishments will be making more money than him, for pretty much the rest of his career.

35 responses to “Steelers, Tomlin talking extension

  1. If life was all about money than people like Karl Malone, Dan Marino, Charles Barkley, Barry bonds, Philip rivers, LT, etc … should be extremely happy and satisfied.
    Tomlin knows that life is not about money. He will have plenty of t and for a very very long time as coach of the steelers. In fact, I would argue that he will make more as a steeler head coach because he will be employed for much longer.

  2. If life was all about money than people like Karl Malone, Dan Marino, Charles Barkley, Barry bonds, Philip rivers, LT, etc … should be extremely happy and satisfied.
    Tomlin knows that life is not about money. He will have plenty of t and for a very very long time as coach of the steelers. In fact, I would argue that he will make more as a steeler head coach because he will be employed for much longer.

  3. Agreed with southern. Would like to see how he does when he’s not handed a championship team with two first class coordinators.

  4. Chuck Noll – 22 years as Steelers Head Coach
    Bill Cowher – 14 years as Steelers Head Coach
    Mike Tomlin has a SB win within 2 years of taking the job; he’s not going anywhere for a long, long time. That is what it means to be the Steeler Head Coach; it’s a commitment; the Rooney’s and the rest of the Steeler FO will stick with you through good and bad, and they’ve shown that.
    I don’t know Mike Tomlin personally, but especially after watching America’s Game for the 2008 Steelers the other night, it seems like he’d be happier with being part of the Noll/Cowher legacy than jumping ship for a few extra dollars.

  5. To those who disparage Mike Tomlin’s ability to win (without great coordinators and players):
    Name one Super Bowl winning coach who didn’t have great players and great assistants? Noll had Bud Carson (real inventor of the cover-2) and nine Hall of Famers. Shula had Arnsparger and several HOF’ers. Parcells had Bellicheck, LT and quite a few other players.
    49ers of the 80’s? HOF Coach + great players (Montana, Young, etc.).
    Cowboys of the 90’s? 2 Super Bowl winning coaches who won’t make the Pro Football HOF, and several HOF’ers.
    Great players go a long way to making great coaches (so said Mike Tomlin during one of his first press conferences as Steelers coach).

  6. I agree with Southern and Ace. Not only two first class coordinators but a stable of players assembled mostly by the previous coach and staff. Ownership is one of the best in the league to work for. Tomlin landed in Pittsburgh because he was meant too. He has proven he can lead that staff and team. He was intrusted and didn’t screw it up. Tomlin can live a comfortable life in Pittsburgh long term. He may never be the highest paid but he will be paid well and be with one of the most respected ownership in the league.

  7. Ace, you could very well be the biggest moron to ever post here. Tomlin decided to promote Arians (questionable) to the OC position, and kept LeBeau (VERY wise) as DC. He didn’t ‘inherit’ anyone. More so, the Steelers sucked ballz the year before he got the gig, so it was far from a championship team.
    Think before you post.
    Moron…..

  8. ‘a championship team with two first class coordinators’
    You mean a team that was 8-8 the year before and at one point was 2-6? Also, Bruce Arians is not a ‘first class coordinator’

  9. “…# ace says: September 12, 2009 1:06 AM
    Agreed with southern. Would like to see how he does when he’s not handed a championship team with two first class coordinators…”
    LeBeau definitely, but Arians?
    You’re joking ..right?

  10. ace says:
    September 12, 2009 1:06 AM
    Agreed with southern. Would like to see how he does when he’s not handed a championship team with two first class coordinators.
    ——————-
    wow..just wow.
    I’ve read this site for several years now, and according anyone not a Steelers fan, the Stoolers suck, our quarterback is average at best, and at least one of our coordinators needs to be fired for runing a piss poor o line.

  11. “…Would like to see how he does when he’s not handed a championship team…”
    Plenty of coaches over the years had inherited “championship teams” only to steer them straight into oblivion Tomlin did not. At least not yet. Coaching still matters.

  12. Ha ha! Yeah, that’s right, Tomlin has been riding the success from the previous coaching regime.
    2006, 8-8.
    Tomlin Hired
    2007, 10-6
    2008, 12-4 (against the league’s toughest schedule) Superbowl Champs

  13. -Blitzburgh1
    I’ve read this site for several years now, and according anyone not a Steelers fan, the Stoolers suck, our quarterback is average at best, and at least one of our coordinators needs to be fired for runing a piss poor o line. –
    That’s right. Consistency is not a requirement for Steeler bashing.
    It’s like when people denigrate Roethlisberger’s rookie season. They hold up Matt Ryan / Joe Flacco/ Vince Young / whatever other flavor of the month as having had a more remarkable rookie season than Roethlisberger’s 15-1 season by saying that he walked on to a complete team and didn’t have to do anything, completely ignoring the fact that the Steelers were 6-10 the year before with Tommy Maddox at QB (that’s why they were picking 11th in the first place). Roethlisberger was integral to the 9 game swing (he led a few 4th quarter come backs as a rookie- see the Cowboys game from that year), but it’s ignored.

  14. @Ace & Southern-
    Did you guys just start watching football? How can you say that Tomlin inherited two first class coordinators? He is the head coach, Arians was a wide receivers coach before Tomlin got there so it is suffice to say that he became the coordinator that he is today under Tomlin. LeBeau was always great no doubt but let’s give credit where credit is due. Tomlin is a first class coach that was discovered like a diamond in the ruff. Any team would take him. Look how all the owners are now trying to follow the Steelers lead by discovering the next great young coach like Tomlin. For those that say he inherited great coordinators and players. That has happened for years with other teams, it is up to the head coach to put it all together based on the team concept. Very few have been able to do so and keep it intact. My bet is on Tomlin to do it again and again. Belichick is another. Stop hating on Tomlin and just appreciate how great a coach the guy is plus he seems to be a pretty first class guy too.

  15. That is funny that someone (or even two) could actually think that Bruce Arians is a first class coordinator.
    As Katmanduu said, Arians wasn’t the OC before Tomlin arrived – Whisenhunt was.
    It seems the Steelers score most of the few points they do score when they run the no huddle (or when Arians isn’t calling the plays). Maybe they should just let Ben call all the plays.
    Tomlin did inherit a much more talented team than either Cowher or Noll, no one can argue with that. He also has made some “young coach” mistakes over the past 2 seasons which would have happened to anyone his age. However, he continues to improve as a coach, I think he’s the real deal and has done a great job.

  16. “…superfan99 says: September 12, 2009 9:16 AM
    Ha ha! Yeah, that’s right, Tomlin has been riding the success from the previous coaching regime.
    2006, 8-8…”
    I still blame Cowher for that mess that year.
    He was in the last year of his contract and knew he wouldn’t be returning. His “leadership” that year showed it. He got his ring, he just “phoned it in” that season.

  17. Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette disagrees with what is reported here.
    The facts that Ed states are a) they don’t discuss contracts during the season and b) the Steelers have a club option on Tomlin for 2011-2012, so he really has this season plus two more left under contract.
    Now who has more creditibility… a site that posts any and all rumors, or the long-time Steelers beat writer. Hmmm.

  18. Hey Rickies, does anyone know the names Ken Wisenhunt and Russ Grimm? Did any of you Tomlin haters notice that when Cowher left, so did they?

  19. ace said: : “Would like to see how he does when he’s not handed a championship team with two first class coordinators.”
    This is concrete proof that some people who post here have absolutely no idea what they are talking about.
    Wait – I think I see what happened here.
    Definition of OFFENSIVE:
    1 a : making attack : aggressive b : of, relating to, or designed for attack c : of or relating to an attempt to score in a game or contest; also : of or relating to a team in possession of the ball or puck
    2 : giving painful or unpleasant sensations : nauseous, obnoxious
    3 : causing displeasure or resentment
    Bruce Arians is certainly one of the top offensive coordinators if you choose definition 2 or 3.

  20. Dont forget as well that our secondary sucked under Cowher it was always our biggest weakness on defense for years .
    Tomlin came in and took the secondary under his wing and molded it into a top 5 in the league . Tomlin along with Lebeau made the defense even greater . A smart man knows what he has and doesnt rock the boat . Thats why the Steelers didnt convert into a 4-3 tampa 2 D .
    Tomlin is a very smart man . He knows what he has in the Steelers ( players coaches front office ownership ) AND THE BEST FANS IN THE NFL , LIKE US OR HATE US YOU ALL WISH YOU WAS AS SUCCESSFUL AS US .
    Give credit where its do . Remember only 22 of the 53 Steelers that won last year was on both teams . So 31 new players are from Tomlins influence . Not all our Cowher players or Cordinators were responsible .

  21. Florio: “To stay in Pittsburgh over the long haul, he’ll have to accept the fact that other coaches with lesser accomplishments will be making more money than him, for pretty much the rest of his career.”
    I just don’t get it. With the exception of a handful of teams/markets (Dallas, New York, Washington, Boston and Chicago) most NFL teams should pretty much be in the same shape given revenue sharing and salary cap considerations.
    The Steelers are a fantastic franchise that has made a point of dumping players who they believe may have started the “second half” of their careers and have, for the most part, avoided paying huge salaries to declining players. I see this more as a strategy rather than an indication that the club could not “afford” to pay declining players their last big contract. I fail to see why, if the Steelers believe it to be true, Tomlin cannot be payed the salary required of one of the top coaches in the league.

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