Steelers extend Mike Tomlin’s deal through 2016

AP

Continuity is a big thing in Pittsburgh.

That’s why news of a contract extension for Steelers coach Mike Tomlin almost feels anti-climactic.

The Steelers announced the move on their official website Tuesday, noting that the deal extended Tomlin through the 2016 season. There were two years left on his previous deal.

“We are pleased to announce that Mike Tomlin will remain with the Steelers for at least five more years,” Steelers President Art Rooney II said in the statement. “Mike is one of the top head coaches in the National Football League and we are thrilled he will continue to lead our team as we pursue another Super Bowl title.”

The 40-year-old Tomlin has an impressive resume in such a short time. He’s entering his sixth season as an NFL head coach, and already has a Super Bowl (from his second season) and a 55-25 regular season record.

That includes four playoff trips in five years, with two Super Bowl appearances.

“I am excited that I will continue to be the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for years to come,” said Tomlin. “I am grateful to the Steelers organization for the opportunity I have been given over the past five years to work and live in this great city, and I am excited to continue to work to bring another championship to the Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh.”

Tomlin’s just the third coach the Steelers have put on the field since Chuck Noll took over in 1969, and by the looks of things, that kind of stability is going to last for years to come.

24 responses to “Steelers extend Mike Tomlin’s deal through 2016

  1. The standard is the standard, and that’s why you’re our coach. Congrats Coach Tomlin, classy guy and consummate professional.

  2. Congratulations Coach Tomlin! I love your style and your attitude. You bring class to a class organization. I was quite honestly disappointed when the Steelers bypassed Wisenhut for you but once again, the Rooneys proved why they’re better equipped than me to run the organization and make the tough decisions! Good Luck!

  3. The only thing is did they give him a deal commensurate of a coach that has taken his team to two Super Bowls, winning one of them or did they get cheap and say take it or leave it with a low-ball offer. I’m a Browns fan, but I have serious respect for this man as a coach. He is a good coach and hopefully the Rooney’s know it.

  4. Awesome! Watching his post game interviews after another sweep by the Ravens will be priceless.

  5. braven4evr says:
    Jul 24, 2012 2:42 PM
    Very well deserved. This guy can flat out coach! Much respect from a Ravens fan…

    And a Bengals fan as well. As a football fan first, how can you not like Tomlin. Still remember the rumblings from players during his first training camp @ how hard camp was, have not heard a Steeler complain about camp since.

  6. ravenator says: Jul 24, 2012 3:17 PM

    Awesome! Watching his post game interviews after another sweep by the Ravens will be priceless.

    *********************************************************************

    The only thing that amazes me more than the fact that your homer garbage consistently fails to get moderated out is that you have the time on your hands to respond to almost every single Steelers-related article on PFT.

  7. Tomlin is a hard nosed guy. Seems like consistency with staff brings success.

    I hope by keeping Marvin Lewis around, my Bengals head in the right direction. Baby steps, Cincy, baby steps.

  8. Steelers have vowed to keep throwing massive amounts of money at Mike until he cracks a smile. “We knew coming in it wasn’t going to be an easy thing, or happen overnight”, admitted a team spokesman ruefully.

  9. Congrats to one of the beat coaches in football. Many people thought he was too much of a players coach but when he took over after the departure of Cower, he set pretty sharp boundaries. He is a no nonsense coach. Though young, he has a sharp tongue with the players and they all respect him for it. I live the way he talks to the media. He is well spoken and doesn’t put up with any BS questions. He can be very intense and intimidating, but has a young mans swag and knows how to talk to both, the educated and the knuckle headed athlete.. There is no question that it was his coaching that continues to put the Steelers on top, he didn’t just inherit players like That Caldwell guy that got fired in Indy.

  10. 1969-2016 is 48 seasons. Only 3 head coaches over 48 seasons. That simply boggles the mind.

    Jerry Richardson has a serious man-crush on the Rooneys and wants his team to be like theirs. Not a bad model, especially with such great head coaches.

  11. Tomlin’s extension is certainly well-deserved. If there is such a thing as an “elite” (i.e., top five) head coach in the NFL today, Tomlin is it.

  12. It wasn’t the Chief’s strong suit, but Dan excels at choosing coaches. With Tomlin, he struck gold. Hope to have him around for many years to come.

  13. Fifty years, only 3 head coaches…. no other nfl city is remotely close. ravens have had three coaches in 10 years…… sounds like PennState… wait!

  14. Too bad his contract runs all the way through 2016, Ravenator. It’s gonna be a long 4 years in your basement, little peanut.

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