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Steelers, Mike Tomlin agree to three-year contract extension

The Pittsburgh Steelers like to keep their coaches around for a long time, and Mike Tomlin will be no different.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Tomlin has reached an agreement with the Steelers on a three-year contract extension through the 2014 season.

Tomlin’s previous contract covered the 2010 season, with a team option for 2011, and paid him an average of $2.5 million a year. There’s no word on the financial terms of his new contract.

Tomlin was hired as the Steelers’ coach in 2007 and has gone 31-17 in three regular seasons and won a Super Bowl. Tomlin succeeded Bill Cowher, who was coach from 1992 to 2006, and Cowher succeeded Chuck Noll, who was coach from 1969 to 1991.

Steelers president Art Rooney II said in January, “I think [Tomlin is] going to be our coach for a long period of time.” Now Rooney has backed that up.

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  1. SoFlor Steeler says: Jul 13, 2010 7:56 AM

    big mistake – as a lifelong Steeler fan this is awful – Tomlin needs to prove he is winner – not someone who takes a team that was ready to win and cashes in. He was personally responsible for not having the team ready to play in at least three games last year IMHO…

  2. steelforce43 says: Jul 13, 2010 8:03 AM

    Finally, some good news this off season.

  3. FAS says: Jul 13, 2010 8:03 AM

    A nice reward for coddling a serial rapist.

  4. drumbug71 says: Jul 13, 2010 8:07 AM

    Does anyone know how the tenure of this contract compares with Noll or Cowher? 3 years doesnt seem like a long time…

  5. Kaz says: Jul 13, 2010 8:10 AM

    Smart to get that signed now during the Steelers fall from grace. We’ll see if he is still the coach in three years. I doubt it. Take a look at the coaching career of Gruden.

  6. ItalianArmyGuy says: Jul 13, 2010 8:14 AM

    He should get a babysitting-bonus for dealing with wayward quarterbacks.
    Welcome back Tomlin, we barely missed you

  7. Chapnasty2 says: Jul 13, 2010 8:19 AM

    He didn’t win a Superbowl, he took over a Superbowl team built by Bill Cowher. That being said…… I think he is a great coach. Not that what I think ever matters or anything.

  8. tomdog says: Jul 13, 2010 8:21 AM

    Just another smart move by the 6 time champs.
    Good for the STEELERS,and good for coach Tomlin.

  9. Tomthebombtracy says: Jul 13, 2010 8:27 AM

    Stability, thy name is the Steelers.
    The last three Steelers coaches have won Super Bowls….the first two of those bowed out on their own. The last three Bengals and Browns coaches have won….never mind!
    Kevin Colbert’s new deal will be announced soon so the Steelers have the stability. If the can be just one game behind the leaders after Ben’s hiatus, look out. That SB 40 run they were 7-5 and on the outside looking in before winning 8 straight.
    It’s not how you start, it’s how close.

  10. mgjnsc says: Jul 13, 2010 8:28 AM

    Hurray!!! Great job coach! Keep up the good work!
    And for you naysayers, he did in 2 years what took cowher many many many many many many years!

  11. digitalbath says: Jul 13, 2010 8:29 AM

    unleash hell coach!!,,,or more like unleash a luke warm glass of water,has the foot been removed from his mouth yet??

  12. JoeFlaccosUniBrow says: Jul 13, 2010 8:38 AM

    I hate the Steelers, but good move. 3 years is a good length. If he tanks it in 2 consecutive years, they can eat 1 year of the contract. 1 year is nothing to write off. Had they given him a 5 year contract, that would be questionable.
    If a player has a 5 year contract and they don’t like Tomlin, they can pack it in for a year thinking they can get him fired. The extension assures the inmates that he will be around longer then they will so they better fall in line.
    As much as I like all things that are negative to Arm-Pittstown, they are a model franchise.

  13. i'm president charlie! says: Jul 13, 2010 8:40 AM

    Yeah just like Jim Caldwell took over Tony Dungy’s team and won a Super Bowl right?
    There is a difference between having a winning record during the regular season, making the playoffs, winning a few playoff games, losing in the Super Bowl, and WINNING a Super Bowl.
    Its easy to say that Coach Tomlin had all the parts in place to win it all, but actually leading a group of men to the top of the mountain means he deserves A LOT of credit. Chances are the people that say this kind of stuff have never actually watched their team hoist Lombardi .
    Y U SO MAD?

  14. BaltimoreSports says: Jul 13, 2010 8:42 AM

    Not sure if I agree with this move. Even as a biased Ravens fan, after the Superbowl win I feel the Steelers organization has taken a slight decline since he started. I would have seen how he performed this year under the challenges of Ben’s suspension.

  15. Raven Maniac says: Jul 13, 2010 8:47 AM

    mgjnsc: I did not know it took Cowher many many years to have somebody else build his team for him so he could step in and look like he did it all by himself?!
    I will admit one thing, Cowher was a great coach. I had the utmost respect for him as a coach. But Tomlin is a far cry from a good coach.

  16. Tomthebombtracy says: Jul 13, 2010 8:50 AM

    Cowher’s critics like to point out that he was something like 1-4 in AFC championship games at home and that despite gaudy regular season records he was outcoached in the playoffs.
    And he put his foot in his own mouth many times with proclamations and especially malaprops.
    Props to the Steelers and Tomlin.

  17. The Real Shuxion says: Jul 13, 2010 8:52 AM

    Wait, the Steelers have 6 titles?
    Jeez you fans should boast more about that and use that in every argument. Because nobody really knows that they have 6 titles. Since you are all so silent about it.

  18. CKL says: Jul 13, 2010 8:53 AM

    Part of the way I judge a head coach is how he develops assistant coaches and how well his assistant coach hires work out. Since Tomlin had a built in OC and DC (who happens to be one of the best DCs in the NFL) when he took over and he appears to be fairly hands off on gameday I can’t say how much he has to do with the team’s success. I personally cannot stand to listen to the guy…he tries to use $60 dollar words/phrases (and they usually make no sense in his contexts) when a good old $3 one would do. It’s like he’s trying to show off his vocabulary not speak to his audience. That smacks of being more concerned with his image than his message. Or to put it plainly…he’s all foam and no beer.

  19. pghguyy33 says: Jul 13, 2010 8:56 AM

    bad move he hasnt proved himself on the field or off by keeping his players in line. i dont think any of the off the field antics would have happend if cower were still the coach.

  20. Latrobe says: Jul 13, 2010 8:58 AM

    This is very disappointing – I would have extended for one year (2011). Any credit Tomlin received for leading the Steelers to a Super Bowl title, when a title-ready team was in place, was offset by his poor performance in 2009. I mean, he had no clue how to stop that 6-game skid against the dregs of the league. He hasn’t proven himself, yet. Also, Tomlin’s draft picks aren’t setting the world on fire and, as a result, panic has set in and now we’re settling for retreads (Randl El, Foote, others). In the end I guess six years, in the Steelers scheme of things, makes for a short-time coach.

  21. Latrobe says: Jul 13, 2010 9:11 AM

    I need to have Deb’s considered opinion about this . . . where are you Deb?

  22. GRpatriot says: Jul 13, 2010 9:11 AM

    Tomlin 2.5 mil. BB 7.5 Mil. I guess you get what you pay for?

  23. football genius says: Jul 13, 2010 9:17 AM

    He is a below average coach but if they keep the assistants around him they can hide that. Rooney’s couldn’t have egg on their face so they had to do it. This will be a very telling year for him

  24. browns365 says: Jul 13, 2010 9:18 AM

    Browns fans across America should hail this extension as C-town’s best off season move. Forget about cutting our 2 headed quarterback monster, forget about stabilizing our front office with competent, seasoned football minds, forget about wrapping up Josh to a long term deal lets instead rejoice and celebrate like “hell hath no fury” with the knowledge that “Mr Cool” will be snoozing on the sidelines for 5 more seasons. Here’s hoping our hero Ben ” Watch my back while I am in the stall” Rothlesberger falls off the wagon and has a cold one over this great news. Out.
    browns365

  25. doe22us says: Jul 13, 2010 9:20 AM

    back to commenting after a month long absence watching the World Cup… One thing never changes Haters, Haters all over the place.. Hate, Hate, Hate… ridiculous

  26. Bdrunk says: Jul 13, 2010 9:33 AM

    Tomlin is a bit suspect, but I think 3 years is fair. He gets more time to prove he can lead a team, and if he fails then the suffering is kept to a minimum.

  27. HamBurghlar says: Jul 13, 2010 9:35 AM

    @im president charlie!: “Yeah just like Jim Caldwell took over Tony Dungy’s team and won a Super Bowl right?
    There is a difference between having a winning record during the regular season, making the playoffs, winning a few playoff games, losing in the Super Bowl, and WINNING a Super Bowl.
    Its easy to say that Coach Tomlin had all the parts in place to win it all, but actually leading a group of men to the top of the mountain means he deserves A LOT of credit. Chances are the people that say this kind of stuff have never actually watched their team hoist Lombardi .
    Y U SO MAD?”
    Amen brotha… A team can have multiple Pro Bowl players/Prolific O/Great D but if there isn’t a coach there to make decisions for the TEAM, they ain’t goin nowhere. Good signing to show you have faith in your team leader among all the bull$hit that’s going on in the offseason. Now, we’ll see what he can do with what he’s got now and he needs to help them more to avoid losing streaks like last year, but here’s to having him at the helm for 10+ years like the others. This is why the Steelers are the cream of the crop in the NFL.
    Also, this just in, the Steelers have 6 rings. Just letting people like @Shuxion know what’s up.

  28. robert ethen says: Jul 13, 2010 9:37 AM

    There have been unconfirmed rumors that Tomlin stopped scowling briefly after signing the contract. But it’s hard to tell behind the aviator shades.

  29. flake13 says: Jul 13, 2010 9:38 AM

    A title-ready team was in place for Cowher most of his 14 years…yet he only won 1.
    I know that “if ands and buts were candy and nuts” etc…BUT…
    If Burnett catches an easy interception at end of Raiders game: 10-6 [playoffs] and…
    If Farrior makes a tackle to end the first Bengals game: 11-5 [Division Title] and…
    If Jeff Reed makes a kick or Holmes catches an easy TD pass against bears: 12-4 [Division title with a bye]
    I could go on, but I’m getting nauseous…
    Watch those games again, the debacle that was last season rests squarely on the players. Every game [except the 2nd Browns game, where they were not prepared] the players were in position to win…and they didn’t make the game-winning play

  30. Choirdrunk says: Jul 13, 2010 9:42 AM

    Even as a Ravens fan I gotta admire the way the Steelers operate. Loyalty and stability are hallmarks of the franchise.
    A three year extension, for what I’m guessing is a very reasonable salary for a superbowl winning coach, is just another smart move by the most successful of NFL franchises.
    I’m a bit surprised all these vocal Steelers fans are hating on their organization’s move. As a Ravens fan, I know not to question Ozzie Newsome on draft day. Some of you people need to learn to respect the Rooneys when it comes to management decisions.

  31. Burning River says: Jul 13, 2010 9:42 AM

    Tomthebombtracy says:
    “Stability, thy name is the Steelers.”
    —————–
    OK, Shakespeare… I think “self-destructive” fits better, don’t you? “Stability” means that this year, your Steelers are assured of having the basement of the AFCN all to themselves.
    But, of course, Mr. Tomlin will still get his dollars.

  32. Tony Snow says: Jul 13, 2010 9:47 AM

    Where are all the Seahawks fans??? Cowher didn’t win a superbowl, the refs did! LOL! So how could Tomlin cash in? How come the Seahawks haven’t made it back to the Superbowl? You can’t have it both ways…unless you’re saying both are great coaches! :)

  33. Flaccodelic says: Jul 13, 2010 9:49 AM

    “Stability, thy name is the Steelers.”
    Lameness, thy name is Tomthebombtracy.

  34. highjak78 says: Jul 13, 2010 9:54 AM

    Awesome! The decline of the Squeelers will be a fast downhill slide as long as this JOKE is their coach! This guy was lucky to have Dick LeBeau as his D coordinater – without him he wouldn’t win 5 games a season! I can’t wait till the Browns make him cry again this year! Great Move ‘Burgh – keep diggin’ that ditch! I have to admit, beating the Steelers is fun, but watching them tear the team down BY THEMSELVES is GREAT!

  35. Burning River says: Jul 13, 2010 9:55 AM

    @Latrobe says:
    “…he had no clue how to stop that 6-game skid against the dregs of the league.”
    ————–
    Yep…those”dregs” are a bitch, aren’t they? ESPECIALLY when the smack-down comes by way of CLEVELAND…right? RIGHT???
    Get used to it.
    And maybe, just maybe, it didn’t have a thing to do with your coach. Isn’t it more likely that the Pittsburgh players simply weren’t up to the challenge?
    Yep…that sounds more likely…

  36. SteelerfaninTexas says: Jul 13, 2010 10:01 AM

    The Steelers have become a victim of their own “Rooney Rule”. What ever happened to hiring the best candidate. We let the best candidates for the job walk right out of the offices (and lost a 9 year pro bowl guard over it) who then took a rebuilt team to the super bowl with a 38 year old QB.
    Two wrongs don’t make a right. When our DC decides to retire, the team will have even bigger issues than now. Our OC doesn’t have the ability to produce a high powered offense, nor keep the lead in the 4th qtr with a run oriented, time consuming drive.
    I do think that Tomlin inherited a talent rich super bowl “proven” team (with depth), and within two years, reduced the quality of the team to the point where it can’t make the playoffs. He wasn’t ready for the job, and that inexperience continues today.

  37. Chapnasty2 says: Jul 13, 2010 10:02 AM

    @ president charlie
    I have watched my team hoist 3 out of their 5 Lombardi’s. If Caldwell had Bob Sanders like Tomlin had Polomolou (or however you spell it) Caldwell might have gotten his ring. You might not like it but it’s true.

  38. Beezer says: Jul 13, 2010 10:23 AM

    Mike Florio and Rosenthal would have written this article but MDS was forced to when both men had to go home and change their pants.
    Florio called Mike Tomlin a top 3 head coach so it was a great move by the Steelers.

  39. flake13 says: Jul 13, 2010 10:27 AM

    GRpatriot says:
    Tomlin 2.5 mil. BB 7.5 Mil. I guess you get what you pay for?
    I’m pretty sure that Belichik’s first deal with the Pats wasn’t for 7.5 million a year, you toad!
    Let’s face it, you have to steal a lot of championships to make 7.5 million a year.
    And let’s not forget to deduct the $500,000 he got fined for being a slimy, adulterous, camera-cheating weenie. So the discrepancy in paychecks isn’t as huge as it might seem

  40. i'm president charlie! says: Jul 13, 2010 10:27 AM

    @Chapnasty2 – You ‘MIGHT’ be right about Bob Sanders. Going along with your logic Tomlin and the Steelers ‘MIGHT’ not have suffered the losing streak at the end of the year and made the playoffs if Polamalu wasn’t hurt the majority of last season.

  41. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Jul 13, 2010 10:29 AM

    Keeping his chin-strap that on-point at all times is easily worth 2-3 years at 5 mil per.

  42. Brock Landers says: Jul 13, 2010 10:29 AM

    I think this had to be done. It gives him the time to prove that he can put together a winning team. He’s been the coach for 3 seasons, and took Cowher’s team to the playoffs in ’07, something that Cowher couldn’t do in ’06. Then he won the Super Bowl in ’08 with the same team that won in ’05. My beef with Tomlin, is that I think the team showed no heart last season, and in the ’07 season. The ’07 team had the talent to go all the way. Yes, I know that was the year of the 18-1 Patriots, but they were on the decline toward the end of the year. I think that if the Steelers showed a little more heart, they would have beaten the Jags, and went on to beat the Pats. Lack of heart reflects poorly on the coach. I’ll give Tomlin a pass on that year, due to the fact that it was his first year. Last year was a mess, period. So, I think the ’08 season has given him the right to an extension. From here on out though, he has a lot to prove.

  43. Bdrunk says: Jul 13, 2010 10:30 AM

    Burning River says:
    July 13, 2010 9:55 AM
    @Latrobe says:
    “…he had no clue how to stop that 6-game skid against the dregs of the league.”
    ————–
    Yep…those”dregs ” are a bitch, aren’t they? ESPECIALLY when the smack-down comes by way of CLEVELAND…right? RIGHT???
    Get used to it.
    And maybe, just maybe, it didn’t have a thing to do with your coach. Isn’t it more likely that the Pittsburgh players simply weren’t up to the challenge?
    Yep…that sounds more likely…
    —————————
    Yeah man that was quite a beatdown. A 13-6 beatdown. Gratz on beating the Steelers by the largest margin of victory all season, and hey, i’d rather be 5-11 than 18-1* .

  44. flake13 says: Jul 13, 2010 10:37 AM

    browns365
    You’re right…
    This Tomlin extension, coupled with that horrifying news earlier this week that we’re going to have to try and defend that legendary combination of Delhomme to Engram has everyone down here in the ‘burgh’ pretty despondent.
    [I hope you guys do realize that If you didn't have Josh Cribbs you wouldn't have won a single game in 5 years...]

  45. Law-Deezie says: Jul 13, 2010 10:45 AM

    Some of you people are killing me with the statement: “he already had a superbowl team built for him”….let’s not forget the year prior to Tomlin taking over the Steelers did not make the playoffs!!!!!!!
    Quit “HATING” and playing “Monday Morning QB”….
    You DO NOT make it to that level by being a piss poor person and/or coach….give the guy a little credit….damn!!!!!

  46. RealisticSteelerfan says: Jul 13, 2010 10:47 AM

    @BrockLanders,
    Tomlin has NEVER been blown out (Titans-Big Ben brain fart game). We lost to the Jags in 07 because Big Ben has FIVE turnovers. Who wins under those conditions? 5 Turnovers and we STILL were in the game. Shall I refresh your memory as to how Rashean Mathis was Bens favorite receiver in the 1st half? NOT PREPARED? I don’t think YOU are prepared to argue the facts.
    Uh we didnt win with the SAME team in 05. SORRY. NO porter, Randle El,Hope etc. In 05 where was Harrison (special teams), Woodley and Timmons? Tomlin has drafted his butt off. The Steelers will be good for years to come, WATCH.
    The Steelers showed no heart? Ahhhh we lost a BUNCH of close games so that means we have no heart? WOW LOL

  47. HandsofSweed says: Jul 13, 2010 10:47 AM

    In 3 seasons (2007-09), including postseason, a Mike Tomlin-led football team has lost by more than 7 points a grand total of 3 times.
    In 2007 vs the 18-1 Patriots (34-13).
    In 2008 vs the 11-7-1 Eagles (15-6).
    In 2008 vs the 13-4 Titans (31-14).
    In the same time frame, future Hall-of Famer Bill Belichick has lost 5 games by more than 7 pts.
    (Chargers, Saints, Dolphins, Steelers, Ravens).
    Jeff Fisher lost 11 times by 7 pts or more in that time frame, including two separate 3 game streaks!
    Even likely HOFer Tony Dungy (who only coached during Tomlin’s 1st two seasons of 07 and 08) lost 3 games by at least 7 or more, including 2 in a row!
    (Bears, Packers, Titans)
    Likely HOFer Mike Shanahan, who also only coached in two of Tomlin’s 3 seasons, lost 13 times by 7 or more.
    You can say what you want, but his teams have competed and been prepared to compete during his tenure. Mike is not perfect, but neither are Belichick, Dungy, Fisher and Shanahan. (profootballreference.com).

  48. FrankoBollo says: Jul 13, 2010 10:55 AM

    At least Ben doesn’t steal guys wives like Belichick.

  49. Chapnasty2 says: Jul 13, 2010 10:56 AM

    @ Chuck
    I agree, I am not bashing Tomlin really, I am just saying he was put in a very good position and it was really his team to screw up and he was able to keep it together.

  50. RealisticSteelerfan says: Jul 13, 2010 11:06 AM

    @Handsofsweed,
    Great post. I forgot about the Pats game and the great Tomlin interview afterwards “Coach Tomlin do you think they ran up the score?” Coach Tomlin: “It’s their job to try to score and its our job to try and stop them. If this is the standard, then we have a long way to go”
    The Eagles game was still winnable. Leftwich hit Nate Washington in the endzone and he dropped a TD. The Titan game (another Ben 5 turnover game). We had that game as well. Game was closer than the final score indicated. The late pick 6 and Ben fumbling on the Titan 1, killed us.

  51. RealisticSteelerfan says: Jul 13, 2010 11:09 AM

    @Chapnasty,
    “A good situation?” You mean like John Gruden? Dungy left him a better team. He ultimately won one and got fired. How good of a situation was Harbaugh put in? Is he winning with Billicks players? How about the situation that Parcels left Bellicheat? I don’t hear Pats fans saying he won with Parcells team. No Bellicheat has superceeded Parcells now hasnt he? Just like Tomlin will with OVERRATED COWHER THE CHOKER
    WHO THE HELL STARTS KORDELL STEWART?
    OMG

  52. Flaccodelic says: Jul 13, 2010 11:14 AM

    # FrankoBollo says: July 13, 2010 10:55 AM
    At least Ben doesn’t steal guys wives like Belichick.

    Great argument dude. Raping underage girls is MUCH better than stealing someone’s wife.

  53. TheRedBengal says: Jul 13, 2010 11:19 AM

    Still amazes me that they only had two head coaches from 1969-2006.
    Just awesome.

  54. Steel Dahn Sahth says: Jul 13, 2010 11:20 AM

    How can anyone say this is not a good move?
    If he inherited Cowher’s team, then he has 3 more years to prove his value, good move.
    If he is a great coach, he is resigned, good move.
    And if the steelers are really falling from grace, it’s just a 3 year deal, and he can get axed after 2, yet again, good move.
    Personally I can’t wait to post through out this season… falling from grace…. 6 wins is overly optimistic….. Leftwich is horrible… Only 9 wins before Colon’s injury…. So on and so forth. Wishful thinking does not make a fact, and this is really going to be a sweet season reading what thoughts come out of the stupid as they are eating crow.

  55. Laxer37 says: Jul 13, 2010 11:26 AM

    @browns365
    Shouldn’t you be out in the street burning your LeBron James jersey right now?
    Cleveland fans are like children, they should just sit at the kids table quietly and be seen and not heard.

  56. goetta-head says: Jul 13, 2010 11:34 AM

    Thats the best news Bengal Fan has heard all offseason. Dude is a dud

  57. Deb_is_a_Giant_Squawking_Bird says: Jul 13, 2010 11:40 AM

    Squawk! Squawk squawk! Squawk! I wish Big Ben would rape ME! Squawk squawk! Squaaaaawwwwk!!!!

  58. olcap says: Jul 13, 2010 11:45 AM

    Mike Tomlin is an overhyped moron.

  59. sacdaddy says: Jul 13, 2010 11:49 AM

    …and 3 more years of Sh*tsburgh getting dominated by the Purp and Black.
    CAW!

  60. mgjnsc says: Jul 13, 2010 11:50 AM

    @ Raven Maniac
    Cowher would find ways to lose games and that was prevalent in him having a 1-4 record in AFC championship games. While he was a strong disciplinarian, his coaching skills were suspect at times and usually at the most critical of times.
    Tomlin’s first year you knew would be down just as is any coach’s 1st year, still 9-7 is respectable especially losing Smith and Palomalu for most of the year.
    His second year accomplished what took Cowher forever to do.
    His third year was pretty much a repeat of his first ala Big Ben’s distraction leading into the season, the Steelers going 9-7 without the services of Smith and Palomalu and missing the playoffs.
    I’m more than happy to have Coach Tomlin signed for the next five years.

  61. Brock Landers says: Jul 13, 2010 11:50 AM

    @RealisticSteelerfan
    See the below the post directly below your post. They have been blown out.
    Ben’s turnovers in the first half, were canceled out by his second half play. The game was lost when the defense showed their lack of heart on the last drive. You know, when David Freaking Garrard looked like Mike Vick on his scramble, and Fred Taylor looked like the second coming of Jim Brown.
    As for the team being a Cowher built team, how can you act like it wasn’t? Harrison replaced Porter. Harrison was a Cowher guy. Randle El leaves and is replaced with Holmes. Cowher drafted Holmes. Ben was drafted by Cowher. Those 3 guys alone won Super Bowl 43. Troy P, Ryan Clark, Heath Miller, Hampton, Brett K, Aaron Smith, FWP, Ike Taylor, D Town, Jeff R, James F, ect… Come on man! They returned 20 of 22 starters from ’05.
    As for the games that they lost last year…
    KC, Oakland, Cleveland, Chicago…. Do you really think that those games should have been close with the actual talent we had last year? You need to take off your blinders, and be realistic.

  62. mgjnsc says: Jul 13, 2010 11:54 AM

    @ Raven Maniac
    I guess I should have given your comment a little more thought because as a Ravens fan, you should know all about a new coach being handed a great team…my bad

  63. Brock Landers says: Jul 13, 2010 12:00 PM

    # sacdaddy says: July 13, 2010 11:49 AM
    …and 3 more years of Sh*tsburgh getting dominated by the Purp and Black.
    CAW!
    ——————————————————————-
    WHAT? We split last year, beat you 3 times in ’08, and split in ’07. That makes the score 5-2 Pittsburgh.
    You lose.

  64. Bdrunk says: Jul 13, 2010 12:05 PM

    sacdaddy says:
    July 13, 2010 11:49 AM
    “…and 3 more years of Sh*tsburgh getting dominated by the Purp and Black.
    CAW!”
    ——————–
    lolwat?
    Deb_is_a_Giant_Squawking_Bird says:
    July 13, 2010 11:40 AM
    “Squawk! Squawk squawk! Squawk! I wish Big Ben would rape ME! Squawk squawk! Squaaaaawwwwk!!!!”
    —————————
    Stay classy NFL fans!

  65. bigrig says: Jul 13, 2010 12:25 PM

    Wow! Steeler fans never miss a chance to point out they have six titles.
    Six titles in over EIGHTY years of fielding a football team. That’s one about every fourteen years. And for about forty of those years there were less than twelve teams in the league.
    Steeler fans, not as impressive as you would like everyone to believe.

  66. TryTheVeal says: Jul 13, 2010 12:35 PM

    I know this sounds ridiculous saying it, money wise…But isn’t 2.5 million a year kind of low for a Super Bowl winning coach?

  67. RealisticSteelerfan says: Jul 13, 2010 12:51 PM

    2.5 MILLION was his ROOKIE contract i.e OLD DEAL. LEARN TO READ DUMDUM

  68. ampats says: Jul 13, 2010 1:39 PM

    BDrunk says,
    I’d rather be 5-11 than 18-1.
    Really ??
    Glad you as a Steelers fan are comfortable with what will be your 2010 season record.

  69. Deb says: Jul 13, 2010 4:17 PM

    @Bdrunk … Thanks for trying. But the kind of people who post things like that have no class.
    @Latrobe …
    Still here :) and not surprised by Tomlin’s extension. The Rooneys are committed to him–so am I. A couple of reasons why:
    Tomlin promoted Arians to OC and their first decision was to restructure the playbook. Cowher’s included EVERY play from EVERY OC from 14 years. The offense was overly complicated. Tomlin and Arians pared it down to a workable number of plays. Many–myself included–balked at Arians’s play-calling last season. But many things figured into that, including too much humoring the QB. Paring down the playbook was a wise move that paid off big in 07 and 08.
    On defense, the Rooneys suggested Tomlin keep LeBeau, but it was his call. He was accustomed to running a different defense. He chose to keep LeBeau, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t had input. The HC puts his stamp on everything.
    Like Noll, Tomlin studies the game and focuses on small details. As a defensive coach w/Tampa, he spent a lot of time drilling on followthrough after turnovers. Prior to SBXLIII, he made a note to run the same drills with the Steelers–drills that had the defense becoming almost a kick-return blocking team after an INT. Harrison stepped in front of Warner’s ball because he’d been observing Warner’s patterns and followed his instincts. That was a 7-point swing in the game. But the runback blocking was a result of Tomlin’s pre-game drills–and that 14-point swing was the difference between winning and losing a Super Bowl.

  70. Beezer says: Jul 13, 2010 4:56 PM

    RealisticSteelerfan,
    You said “Tomlin has drafted his butt off.” Tomlin is not the general manager.

  71. Beezer says: Jul 13, 2010 5:06 PM

    It amazes me that so many people consider Bill Cowher overrated. What he accomplished with QB’s like Mike Tomczak, Kordell Stewart, Neil O’Donnell, and Tommy Maddox is very impressive. The Steelers were always a tough opponent during his tenure despite their lack of talent at times and never having a franchise QB until he had Roethlisberger. I am not a Steelers fan but i find it comical when ungrateful Steeler fans criticize Cowher to try to defend their current head coach.

  72. Deb says: Jul 13, 2010 5:33 PM

    @Beezer …
    Can only speak for myself as a Steelers fan, but I don’t believe Cowher is overrated. Will always love “The Chin” for what he did for my team. I just think Tomlin is underrated. I believe Cowher earned his Super Bowl and Tomlin earned his and neither needs defending. Would be thrilled to be in a room with either of them.
    But put me in a room with Noll and I’d probably cry or faint :)

  73. RealisticSteelerfan says: Jul 13, 2010 8:44 PM

    Cowher IS overrated just look at his record in big games for proof. For those that mention the terrible qbs he had just look at Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson and Hostettler. You dont need a great qb to win Super Bowls. It helps but not necessary. After all we beat Seattle with Ben setting a record for futility. NUFF SAID

  74. RealisticSteelerfan says: Jul 13, 2010 8:45 PM

    Oh Lebeau gets credit and Tomlin doesnt? WHAT was our demise last season? It was the DEFENSE. Who coached that D? LEBEAU. Wasn’t Lebeau fired by Cowher? How many Super Bowls has Lebeau been on the losing end of? TWO. Lebeau is a great DC but he is NOT above criticism. The defense looks good because of TROY POLAMALU not Lebeau. How did Lebeaus D look in cincy? It wasnt until he got studs like Woodson and Carnell Lake. Then Polamalu, thats when he started having top defenses. NO disrespect for Dick (love the guy) but lets get the facts straight.
    Tomlin get the blame when we lose but Cowher gets the credit when we win? Typical. If those wins are Cowhers then how come the losses arent too?
    Face it Cowher was a KNOWN choker just like his mentor Marty Shottenheimer. Tomlin is one of the brightest UPSTART coaches in the game. And to that guy that hates to hear Tomlin talk? Typical HILLBILLY REDNECK that hates to hear a black man with knowledge. TOMLIN IS THE SH*T and we are lucky to have such a talent. GET USED TO IT.

  75. footballfan says: Jul 14, 2010 10:49 AM

    @ president charlie
    I have watched my team hoist 3 out of their 5 Lombardi’s. If Caldwell had Bob Sanders like Tomlin had Polomolou (or however you spell it) Caldwell might have gotten his ring. You might not like it but it’s true.
    ***********
    I call Bull. They hardly had him all season and won. Only one guy to blame for Indy losing and that is the golden boy Peyton!!!

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