Steelers extend Mike Tomlin’s contract through 2021

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The Steelers have only had three head coaches since the start of the 1969 season and that’s set to remain the case through at least the 2021 season.

The team announced on Thursday that Mike Tomlin has signed a one-year contract extension. His deal was set to expire after next season and the Steelers missed the playoffs last year, but the team still decided the time was right to affirm their commitment.

“I am pleased to announce we have extended Mike Tomlin’s contract through the 2021 season,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement. “Mike is one of the most successful head coaches in the National Football League, and we are confident in his leadership to continue to lead our team as we pursue our goal of winning another championship.”

Tomlin is entering his 13th season as the Steelers coach. He’s 125-66-1 in the regular season and 8-7 in the playoffs, including a victory in Super Bowl XLIII that made him the youngest coach in league history to win a Super Bowl.

80 responses to “Steelers extend Mike Tomlin’s contract through 2021

  1. Yes!! Just when you thought they would not make another horrible mistake this year, they go for the trifecta!!!!
    This made me happy?

  2. The Steelers would also like to announce that we have postponed our attempts to win a seventh Super Bowl until at least the 2022 season.

  3. There’s only 2 guys I would NOT take over Tomlin… Hugh Jackson and Jack Del Rio. Everyone else is better than Tomlin.

  4. Nooooooooooooo!
    If I have to find a bright side to this is that Big Ben will retire soon, meanwhile the Steelers can identify a replacement for Tomlin, then fire him after 2021.

  5. This guy has never had losing season in 13 years (654% winning percentage). But you idiots think there’s a bunch of better coaching options for the Steelers?

  6. Contract extensions for coaches do nothing other than in the media’s eyes it gives the the coach some sense of job stability when I. Reality it just gives the head coach a way bigger check on the way out the door if ur team happens to have a bad season. If the Steelers have a bad season and somehow end up under .500 he’ll be out the door extension or not. If they play well make the playoffs he’ll continue being Pittsburg’s head coach going forward same exact scenario that he was in last week before this new extension.

  7. jbaxt says:
    July 25, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    There’s only 2 guys I would NOT take over Tomlin… Hugh Jackson and Jack Del Rio. Everyone else is better than Tomlin.

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    even jeff fisher and norv turner?

  8. ariani1985 says:
    July 25, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    The Patriots are now quivering in the corner with this news.
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    Funniest post of the year on this site.

    If you are not making your living doing stand-up, you should give it a try. That is some good material.

  9. In the 10 yrs since Tomlin won the SBowl with Cowher’s team, the steelers have gone to 11 playoff gms and gone 5-6. Even though they consistently have a top 5 roster. Then they reward the coach? They must adhere to the Bengals process for evaluating HCs. I don’t care what his regular season record is, anyone that denies the steelers have underachieved under Tomlin are delusional. Jeff Fischer could do more with that roster, and he wouldn’t be as afraid of the Patriots. Unfortunately, the window has closed. Chiefs, Chargers, Pats and Colts are way ahead of the seteelers. Soon the Browns will be too.

  10. He also now has the added title of Head Cheerleader / Tripper Extraordinaire

  11. The reluctance to fire Tomlin stems from 2 issues:
    1) “Pride” of the HC stability streak since 1969. Noll retired, Cowher quit, and Tomlin has lost control of the team yet gets extended. At what point do the Rooneys stop tolerating mediocity, eschew the streak and fire Tomlin?
    2) the hindrance of the Rooney rule and the fact that Tomlin is black. Tomlin might continue to be employed simply because the Rooneys are so scared of the PC backlash for firing a black HC. I am a firm believer that the fact that the Rooney rule is named for Steelers owner Dan Rooney had a direct impact on the Steelers opting for Tomlin over Grimm or Whisenhunt. They wanted to “set an example” for the rest of the NFL. The result has been 1 SB win with Cowher’s players and the Steelers first SB loss with Tomlin’s players.

  12. The Steelers are desperate to turn around the implosion narrative, but this won’t work. With Tomlin (Cowher did all the work) they barely won a Superbowl thanks to the refs and the struggling 9-7 Cardinals whose QB should have already retired. Now, more than a decade away from that lucky moment of unearned glory, this declining team celebrates one of the two constants responsible for the Steelers’ humiliating descent from Superbowl loss (GB) to being Tebowed, to having their clocks cleaned at home by the Ravens, to getting clownstomped by Brady, Manning, and Bortles — the list is endless. Yet, they stick with Tomlin because he’s the guy who led them down this path of shame. Love it.

  13. 125-66-1 with a Super Bowl win is a great record. Other teams would sign him in a heartbeat.
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    Hello from my living room,

    Mike McCarthy (125-77-2, Super Bowl win)

  14. You can’t win a Superbowl with Tomlin! Oh wait, they did win one and also went to another.

  15. Norv Turner, yes I’d take him over Tomlin. But Jeff Fisher, you got me, that dude is awful. But any of them could’ve won a SB with Bill Cowher’s team.

  16. This season we should get some indication of who was the main problem – Tomlin or Antonio Brown/Le’Veon Bell?

  17. cnuterockne says:
    July 25, 2019 at 12:59 pm
    125-66-1 with a Super Bowl win is a great record. Other teams would sign him in a heartbeat.
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    That is true. But he or the suits don’t seem capable of getting over the hump to the SB.
    If I was a perennial losing team, would I hire him? Yeah.
    If I was a team knocking on the door and not quite making it, would I hire him? No.

    He’s like Billy Martin of Yankees fame. The man was great getting a team close. 1 World Series.
    Whether through personal failings or the tools at hand he only got it done once.

  18. HahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaHahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaHahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaHahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaHahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaHahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaHahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaHahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    Thank you Pittsburgh…. another free pass for the Patriots in the AFC!!!!!

  19. dryzzt23 says:
    July 25, 2019 at 1:11 pm
    The reluctance to fire Tomlin stems from 2 issues:
    1) “Pride” of the HC stability streak since 1969. Noll retired, Cowher quit, and Tomlin has lost control of the team yet gets extended. At what point do the Rooneys stop tolerating mediocity, eschew the streak and fire Tomlin?
    2) the hindrance of the Rooney rule and the fact that Tomlin is black. Tomlin might continue to be employed simply because the Rooneys are so scared of the PC backlash for firing a black HC. I am a firm believer that the fact that the Rooney rule is named for Steelers owner Dan Rooney had a direct impact on the Steelers opting for Tomlin over Grimm or Whisenhunt. They wanted to “set an example” for the rest of the NFL. The result has been 1 SB win with Cowher’s players and the Steelers first SB loss with Tomlin’s players
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    Is it that or the fact that he has a 125-66 record? Not too many active head coaches boast a winning percentage that high. And you cannot discredit anybody winning a Super Bowl. So many factors go into that process. If that was the case, more first year coaches with talented teams would win Super Bowls.

  20. Rdog says:
    July 25, 2019 at 1:21 pm
    This season we should get some indication of who was the main problem – Tomlin or Antonio Brown/Le’Veon Bell?
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    I think we’ve all established that it’s Kevin Colbert.

  21. Well, personally, I would have waited to see how this season played out? If the season were successful, and free of new drama, an extension would have likely been in order. If the season were unsuccessful and the team underachieved again, there would have been no extension.
    NO team in the NFL has a more talented overall roster than the Steelers. We’ll see how this season turns out?

  22. This news means the Steelers’ front office has lowered the bar and decided it’s OK to be mediocre and miss the playoffs even though the team is loaded with talent. I think the extension they should have given him was a boot as he was walking out the door. Remember, this is the same head coach who was in charge last year and lost to both the Broncos and Raiders in pathetic fashion. Had they won either of those two games they would have been in the playoffs. So now they are rewarding him for being unable to beat two of the worst teams in the NFL last year. Doesn’t make any sense.

  23. It is interesting that Rooney chose to split the difference here. Tomlin received TWO year extensions in both 2015 and 2017. I thought that the Steelers might withhold the extension entirely and make Tomlin demonstrate he had control of the team this season but they opted for one year instead. I guess that as the Steelers organization goes, that passes as an expression of dissatisfaction and it still permits a reasonable buy-out if things go south. Also, keep in mind that Colbert is due an extension now, too. The last one was done in late August in 2017 so we’ll see. Would be fascinating if the extend Tomlin and leave Colbert to twist.

  24. ariani1985 says:
    July 25, 2019 at 12:12 pm
    The Patriots are now quivering in the corner with this news.
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    Apparently you’ve confused paroxysms of laughter with ‘quivering in the corner’

  25. Trippin’ Tomlin has got to be one of the most overrated coaches in sports history. Pittsburgh’s conservative approach to improving their coaching is a real problem for them.

  26. People forget cowher went 8 and 8 before he retired. He also had a lot of mediocre seasons as well. He went six and ten years three years straight.

  27. Gotta love steeler fans. NO team has more overall talent than the steelers? They aren’t even the most talented NFL roster in Pennsylvania. It’s a good roster, but let’s not get crazy. PFF has them 8th, which sounds about right. Then they get outcoached on gameday…

  28. cnuterockne says:
    July 25, 2019 at 12:59 pm
    125-66-1 with a Super Bowl win is a great record. Other teams would sign him in a heartbeat.

    21 45 Rate This

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    Yeah, a team like the Jets. Enough with the overrating of Mike Tomlin. HE’s a glorified cheerleader and a horrible tactician.

  29. The Steelers never fire coaches, so why are would anyone be surprised by this? I mean they’ve only had 3 coaches since 1969.

  30. I am scratching my head on this one. Clearly the coaching has been a problem the last few years in addition to the diva distractions. With only one diva left, I would have given Tomlin this year to prove an extension is warranted.

  31. You’re kidding right? So, you let the good players walk, you keep the problem players, and then you decide to keep the coach that is there only to be Ben’s personal cheerleader…thank you Steelers. Also, the Browns and Ravens thank you.

    On another note, how’s that forced diversity Rooney rule thing going. It must suck that you gotta keep a coach that isn’t very good around because you are the inventor of a idea that was good at the time, but you do know it’s 2019, right.

  32. But there’s a lockout coming in 2021 so it’s this year and next year his contract will be active

  33. Rooney is more concerned about only having 3 head coaches than he is about winning. Not many coaches have done as little with so much as Trip…

  34. I’m not in love with the extension. Why the urgency? While I personally have nothing against MT, he has no game/clock management skills, and he’s too much of a players coach for my liking. Steelers’ fans can only hope EVERYONE has learned from their mistakes. I’m not worried about the talent level, I’m worried about what the coaching staff can get out of these guys. Also, the veteran leadership has to step up to the plate, and deliver. There are no excuses, and if they can’t get it done, changes need to be made. It would be totally unlike the Steelers to fire MT before the end of this deal, but I do believe that he is on the hot seat this year.

  35. steelcurtainn says:
    July 25, 2019 at 3:31 pm
    Well he has beat the patriots the last 2 years. I don’t care what people say about the first game

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    Remember the point of the whole season, to win the Super Bowl? And the other point, to make the playoffs with the talent-laden team you have?

    You must have missed January and February. The Patriots didn’t, and their team isn’t as talented, man to man.

    Tomlin is an underachiever, period. We celebrate the extension.

  36. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    July 25, 2019 at 3:38 pm
    “He beat the Pats the last two years “??? No, he beat them last year, by a TD!

    5 0 Rate This

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    Yeah and it was Pitt’s SB and NE won the real SB. Again.

    I am pretty sure we know which one is the important one.

  37. tedmurph says:
    July 25, 2019 at 2:18 pm
    Gotta love steeler fans. NO team has more overall talent than the steelers? They aren’t even the most talented NFL roster in Pennsylvania. It’s a good roster, but let’s not get crazy. PFF has them 8th, which sounds about right. Then they get outcoached on gameday…

    8 3 Rate This

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    Van Noy and Hightower would be starting over any of their LBs right now.

  38. Now that the Browns finally have a decent roster, this is great news for Cleveland

  39. Steeler Nation grew restless last year watching Tomlin lose his team. Honestly, I would like to see Mike Munchak get a shot at the head gig in Pittsburgh.

  40. So head coach 13 years. Zero losing seasons. Not even the great Belicek has that record. Curious what other head coaches have that standard of year in and year out performance.

    No Mulligan seasons. A few Mulligan games. The odd (very) odd Mulligan moment on the field. But no losing seasons.

    As a Steeler fan I cannot say that about Chuck Nole or Bill Cowher.

    Impressive.

    Not the best coach in the history of the game, but, the Rooney’s really know how to select and build amazing head coaches.

  41. Fans of traditionally strong teams, such as the Steelers, live in a fantasy bubble kept inflated by their strong sense of entitlement. The day will inevitably come when that bubble will pop, and those fans are jolted back to the reality that there are just as many teams with losing records as there are with winning records.

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