Steelers extend Mike Tomlin’s contract through 2020 season

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Word at the end of July was that the Steelers would announce an extension to coach Mike Tomlin’s contract soon.

That announcement came on Friday. The Steelers have extended Tomlin’s contract, which was set to end after the 2018 season, through the 2020 campaign.

“I truly appreciate this contract extension, and I want to thank Art Rooney II for his support as well as everyone within the organization,” Tomlin said in a statement released through the team. “My first 10 years in Pittsburgh have been an amazing experience for me and my family. I’m proud to call Pittsburgh home. My focus is on the upcoming season, and our goals remain the same as they always are — to bring a seventh Super Bowl championship back to our city.”

Tomlin is 103-57 through 10 seasons as the Steelers coach and he led the team to one of the six Super Bowl titles they’ve won during their history. He’s also coached the team to five division titles, including one in 2016, and another AFC championship, all of which likely made it a pretty easy decision for the Steelers to keep the third head coach they’ve had since hiring Chuck Noll in 1969.

53 responses to “Steelers extend Mike Tomlin’s contract through 2020 season

  1. 3 more years of “great cheerleading” instead of coaching as Terry Bradshaw put it.

  2. I remember when longtime Tribune Review hack Mike Prisuta reported that Russ Grimm was the next Steeler’s head coach the day that Tomlin was hired. Nice job Mike.

  3. I remember when white Steelers fans were complaining about the hiring of a black head coach back in 2007. That surprised me considering Tomlin seemed like the best hire at the time, and I didn’t realize that some fans were really racist. Most Steelers fans are obviously not racist, but some of the blue hairs around me at the time definitely were.

    Tomlin has proven to be a pretty good coach. The one area he needs to improve upon is making halftime adjustments. If he would switch up the gameplan at halftime like Bill Belichik does, Tomlin would probably have at least one more ring than he already does.

  4. What Super Bowls has he won lately? Granted he gets them to the playoffs and then they historicaly choke. Patriots don’t choke, Denver didn’t choke and yet the Stellers do it constantly. Can you say “take it to the next level”. Tomlin doesn’t. Period.

  5. Stability is the Steeler way. Since Chuck Noll got hired in ’69, there have been only two other head coaches in their organization. That’s 48 pretty good years, no matter how you look at it.

  6. Tomlin doesnt have bad seasons, despite the fact that many fans think that his teams have under performed. When you consistently win more than you lose than you arent likely getting fired, especially by a team like the Steelers who value continuity.

  7. As a Ram fan I would love to have a coach who could take my team to the playoffs again and again. To those who think Steelers should hire a new coach and sack Tomlin, who can they hire that will be a sure upgrade?

  8. While Belichick and Brady have generally owned Tomlin coached teams, who the heck would they replace him with if they let him go? The head coaching pool seems to be more limited even than the starting QB pool these days. There are nowhere near enough good, competent coaches to go around. Tomlin at least keeps them in the competitive mix for the Super Bowl. Anyone else they could get these days would be a retread with a worse record or a total crap shoot on someone who hasn’t been a head coach before at the NFL level.

  9. Tomlin is perfect. They can’t fire him and he’s can’t prepare his team for playoff games against excellent coaching. The Steelers have loads of talent and just do the same thing that doesn’t work over and over again. It’s like a free pass in the AFC playoffs.

  10. While Belichick and Brady have generally owned Tomlin coached teams, who the heck would they replace him with if they let him go?
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    I’ve just never understood this mentality. Not in sports, or any avenue of life.

    Do you want to be the best or not?

    If you want to be the best, how can you put your faith in a guy who can’t get you there?

  11. Tomlin 2-6 vs NE including an AFCCG. Likely to continue as long as TB/BB are around.

    Great extension. For NE.

  12. Tomlin is much like another former Pittsburgh coach……Dan Bylsma…in the sense that he is a great regular season coach, he is likeable, and he won a championship shortly after becoming coach. However, like Bylsma, the concept of making adjustments is beyond him, he’s lost control of the locker room at times, his game management skills are questionable, and he’s misused his players in the past.

    Tomlin is good enough, but he gets in his own way. Just like Byslma. The Pens fired Disco Dan, took a step back under MJ, but ultimately came out ahead. By extending Tomlin, the Steelers will have to continue to live with both the good and the bad.

  13. phil325 says:
    August 4, 2017 at 5:10 pm
    What Super Bowls has he won lately? Granted he gets them to the playoffs and then they historicaly choke. Patriots don’t choke, Denver didn’t choke and yet the Stellers do it constantly. Can you say “take it to the next level”. Tomlin doesn’t. Period.
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    The Broncos have lost like 5 Super Bowls & lost a few of them by like 4 TD’s.. 1 of them recently..
    The Patriots who won 17 games then lose the Super Bowl with their current Qb & coach..
    2 franchises that have more historical chokes the last decade, than any Steelers let down I can think of ever.. lol

  14. This is fabulous news . The people on Route One in Foxboro look forward to our January game in Foxboro with you playing zone for the 77th time against TB12….KUDOS

  15. Good for the Patriots. They are in Tomlin’s head. I find the whining and excuses such as “bugged” headsets to be particularly satisfying, especially from a guy out on the field attempting to trip players. Pathetic.

  16. Cant help but notice all the pats fans trolling here. We get it. Belichick is a better coach. OH NO Mike Tomlin isnt better than the best coach of all time- stop the presses.

    This doesn’t mean Tomlin is not good in his own right. Funny how we dont see pats fans trolling on every other teams coaching news- just the Steelers.

    Tomlin is a great coach, a great leader of men, and someone who has the respect of the locker room. If the Steelers didnt resign him hed be hired elsewhere in a nanosecond. Dont doubt me. All your trolling tells us is we know who pats fans are worried about.

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  18. exinsidetrader says:
    August 4, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Must be afraid to be called racists. Sad, because he has not shown top 10 coaching ability at any time during his tenure.
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    So you don’t give him credit for 2 SB appearances in his first few years as a head coach? Most idiotic comment and a new low for pft.

  19. mikemyditka says:

    Tomlin is a great coach, a great leader of men, and someone who has the respect of the locker room.
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    Right, so much respect that AB opened the locker room to the world real-time while Coach was addressing the team. I’d hate to see what no respect would look like.

  20. The definition of affirmative action. If he was white , he never would’ve been hired to begin with and sure as heck would’ve been fired by now. He is a Jim Caldwell clone riding the back of the QB like Caldwell did with Manning

  21. “Can’t make halftime adjustments” is one of the lamest takes commenters can have. Those espousing this opinion have no knowledge of what occurs in the locker room at halftime. They also lack the knowledge to discern whether any changes are implemented in the second half.

  22. A (very) good but not great coach. I agree that unless you know of someone measurably better then why take a chance. Like most other teams, timely injuries can play a part in having your season cut short. Not always the coaches fault. They do play in a statistically weaker division than NE so no surprise that over the years NE has pretty much owned him. That said, tripping a player on the field? Does not get any lower than that and should have garnered at least 4 games and beaucoup $ for affecting the integrity of the game as well as potentially ending a player’s career.

  23. One of the best coaches in this game, never having a losing season.
    One of the best winning percentages of modern times, who always has
    his team in contention. Has won one SB and been to another.
    Players play hard for him, and has the confidence of the FO.

    Very involved in the draft and has his uber-talented team poised for
    another deep run. How many teams would turn that down?

    Well deserved extension.

  24. In his 10 seasons Tomlin has over 100 wins, 5 division championships & a SB win, as the youngest HC ever.

    29 NFL Teams have been worse in that span.. So ths Steelers FO, scouting, Reg season wins, playoff wins, & Coaching been on par & better than 95% of the rest of the NFL during Tomlins tenure..

    Tomlin is young & good & on his way to greatness..

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