Report: Some Steelers minority owners didn’t want to extend Mike Tomlin

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The Steelers’ minority owners periodically huff and puff, but they lack the ability to blow anyone’s house down.

As it relates to the recent contract extension given to coach Mike Tomlin, Ed Bouchette of TheAthletic.com reports that some were opposed to it.

Owner Art Rooney II nevertheless extended Tomlin through 2021, with a team option for 2022. It means that Tomlin would have a two-year buyout, if the Steelers were to decide after the season to make a change.

It’s not the first time that members of minority ownership have made their voices heard regarding Tomlin. In early 2018, PFT reported that some of the minority owners wanted Rooney to fire Tomlin after a disappointing playoff exit capping a season in which questions were raised about flaws with discipline and situational football.

The fact that the minority owners didn’t want Tomlin to get an extension obviously didn’t prevent it from happening. As Bouchette observed in response to our report regarding the push to get Tomlin fired, Rooney will not be listening to what folks with no actual power over the organization have to say, even if they technically own a piece of it.

“[I]t’s beyond ludicrous for one or a few minority owners to even think they have enough influence to persuade Rooney to can Tomlin,” Bouchette said. Thus, it’s also beyond ludicrous for one or a few minority owners to even think they have enough influence to persuade Rooney to not give Tomlin a new contract.

Still, they have an opinion — and even if the opinion of those minority owners conflicts with the will of the majority owner, it meshes with the mood of the fan base, especially when the team is perceived to be underachieving.

51 responses to “Report: Some Steelers minority owners didn’t want to extend Mike Tomlin

  1. maybe Rooney would be interested in buying them out since their opinions have no bearing on operations.

  2. Wait…so you’re saying there’s a group of people that don’t all agree on one thing? That is absolutely insane! They should dismantle the team since there is so much disagreement within the organization. Just imagine how crazy our world would be, if everyone didn’t think alike 🤯

  3. With Bell and AB gone, Tomlin might have a fighting chance of righting the ship, cutting out the drama and improving discipline…if only he can slip a muzzle on Big Ben (big if).

  4. Save the “NEVER LOSING SEASON BS”

    Tomlin has had success due to extremely talented teams and inheriting competent coaches. What coach wouldn’t win more games than he lost with a top 3 RB, top 3 WR, HOF QB, and a top 3 o-line.

    Tomlin teams are never ready to play in the big game. They talk a good game but lack discipline, leadership, and accountability.

    Imagine if Cowher would have had a HOF QB to go with the running games and defenses he put out.
    Just go back and look at the QB’s he had to work with. The list is pitiful.

  5. While Tomlin may have faults, who is the successor? The grass is always greener… and it’s a lot easier to downgrade than most fans (and maybe minority owners) think when you don’t have that perfect replacement in mind before making a coaching change.

  6. They were over rules by the majority owner of the team, Tom Brady!!

    He likes the staff that’s in place so he can continue his OWNING of the team.

    The OWNING will continue week 1…..

  7. Let recap the past few years.
    Tebow destroys them in the playoffs
    Blake Bortles destroys them in the playoffs (in Pittsburgh)
    AJ McCarren had them beat until the Bengals went all Bengals in the last minute of that playoff game.
    Trip Tomlin had to make a play as a 12th man to stop a punt return for a TD against Baltimore on national TV
    Bell decides to take a year off instead of playing for Tomlin
    AB creates a way to get out of Pittsburgh and away from all of the dysfunction
    New England beats the Steelers like rented mules in all the important games.
    I could list more, but I have to go back to work.

  8. Contrary to popular opinion, I like Mike Tomlin. He seems like a cool dude to just have a couple of beers with.

    With that said, even I wondered what was the hurry. If this were his ‘lame duck’ year then I would understand it but they could have done a wait and see what happens this season and made the same extension at the end of next season.

  9. Guy is the only coach I know of been doing it for 13 years and never had a losing season. Bad games. Streaks. Quarters. But never a losing season.

    By the numbers he is second to Belicek. That’s a tough spot. Want to heat him pretty bad. But. So does everyone.

    Last year they had horrible special teams play cost them the season. Kicker missed 7 field goals and 6 extra points and went from pro bowl to worst in the nfl. Special teams had 2.6875

  10. Maybe i’m crazy but I think Tomlin is a good head coach. Grass isn’t always greener. He has them in the playoffs almost every year – which as a Bears fan I would certainly take that.

    Only coach that could manage three divas like ben, bell, and antonio is Bill B.

    Steelers will be better this year.

  11. Bill Belichick (NE) – 255-89 (.748), 6 Super Bowls
    Pete Carroll (SEA) – 98-60 (.620), 1 Super Bowl
    Sean Payton (NO) – 126-80 (.612), 1 Super Bowl
    John Harbaugh (BAL) – 114-78 (.594), 1 Super Bowl
    Andy Reid – No Super Bowls

    Mike Tomlin (PIT) – 131-71-1 (.648), 2 Super Bowls

    Second best record behind the GOAT Belichick and stuck in the same conference. WHO, OTHER THAN BELICHICK HIMSELF, CAN THEY HIRE THAT’S BETTER???

    You trolls make me laugh.

  12. He should have fired a few years ago. The dream has been a mess and his game day coaching has been a disaster. Although it would never happen, he should have been fired after that Bears game when he made his team sit in the locker room for his personal political agenda and they were not prepared to play a bit and lost to a joke of a Bears team.

  13. myspaceyourface says: “Save the “NEVER LOSING SEASON BS”

    Tomlin has had success due to extremely talented teams and inheriting competent coaches. What coach wouldn’t win more games than he lost with a top 3 RB, top 3 WR, HOF QB, and a top 3 o-line.”
    ——————–

    Antonio Brown was drafted in 6th round behind TWENTY-ONE other wide receivers ahead of him. Your Pro-Bowl offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva was UNDRAFTED.

    Mike Tomlin COACHED up these players to EXCEED what every other team expected. Again, SECOND best record behind GOAT Belichick – WHO ELSE IS BETTER?

  14. Bernard Sanders/2020🇺🇸 says:
    July 29, 2019 at 10:51 am
    Yep fire mike and hire who? Name an available coach who will do better?

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    Ditka

  15. Tomlin lost control of his team a long time ago. Tomlin should have been suspended for a year for intentionally going on the field and tripping a player. Talk about no integrity for the game. I will enjoy watching the Steelers implode another year.

  16. The Steelers will do it the way they always have. Tomlin will either resign or he will gracefully move to another role in the org. He’s a Super Bowl winning Steeler coach. Rooney is going to give him that respect.

  17. trubiskyisworsethanCutlerandwillalwaysbeinjured says:
    July 29, 2019 at 12:08 pm
    Tomlin lost control of his team a long time ago. Tomlin should have been suspended for a year for intentionally going on the field and tripping a player. Talk about no integrity for the game. I will enjoy watching the Steelers implode another year.

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    No… he should not have been suspended for a year. That makes no sense.

    He did seem to lose control of the team, but I wonder if Tomlin would have managed the AB and Bell situations the way he did if he had a choice. I think we now will see if they can get back to Steelers football.

  18. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    July 29, 2019 at 12:04 pm
    Can’t say as anyone could blame them. Colbert has given him some great rosters but Tomlin has consistently done less with more

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    There are only 4 quarterbacks with more than 2 Super Bowl wins. There are 8 QBs with two Super Bowl wins all time and only 5 of those guys have been to 3 Super Bowls. Ben is one of those guys. He’s already an all time great. Maybe Tomlin should have gotten them over the hump a few more times, but they’ve had a lot of success historically speaking.

  19. I don’t disagree with a lot of the criticism of Tomlin. Playing down to bad competition, the locker room dysfunction, etc.

    …but I also try to look at things realistically. Tomlin (unfortunately) has had to go up against probably the greatest coach of all time for his entire head coaching career. He’s under-achieved but who the hell hasn’t when compared to Belichick? Especially in the AFC.

    As a Steelers fan right now if you told me I could trade Tomlin straight up for any coach right now… I’d take Belichick, McVay, and maybe Payton. I like Nagy and Reich too but it’s too early on that. I think that Tomlin is probably on par with guys like Andy Reid and Pete Carroll.

    It doesn’t make sense to rock the boat right now with Big Ben in his twilight years. Don’t waste his last few seasons by totally rebuilding with a new coach. If it’s more of the same for the next couple of seasons then sure, blow it all up with a new coach because you’ll have a new QB and likely a rebuild anyway.

  20. Nor should the minority owners want to extend his contract. Tomlin is not a very good coach.

  21. So the same media who loathes the majority…supports the Steelers majority owners SOLELY because Tomlin is black.
    So much for the media being “all-inclusive”.

  22. The sad part Tomlin knows he is not going to get fired. That is not the Rooney way and never has been. They have had a lot of success with stability of coaches but sometimes a guy needs to feel that hot seat on his pants to remind him, he could be replaced but he sadly knows the fire is out and he will have a job as long as the Rooneys are there

  23. Regardless of winning percentage, he has fielded teams that should have been more productive in the playoffs. Most seasons, his teams under achieved and imploded from hubris and poor coaching/discipline. His teams talk too much and can never back it up when it matters most.

    Worst of all, he never has an answer for the breakdown in discipline or why teams like the Jaguars (a few years ago) handed his team their rear ends in the playoffs and played more “Steeler -like” than the Steelers.

  24. bullcharger says:
    July 29, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    There are only 4 quarterbacks with more than 2 Super Bowl wins.

    —————-

    And one guy has 6

  25. Tomlin is a defensive coach and the Steelers defense hasn’t been any good after the departure of Dick Lebeau. Also, half of the starting 11 seems to drafted in round #1. Ben R, the offensive staff and GM deserve a lot of credit for the success that they have had on offense. It is difficult to see Mike Tomlin’s contribution. I believe Tomlin should look at making changes to defensive staff if they continue to underperform.

  26. You win and lose with personnel and Tomlin has very limited input. If it was all about coaching, Chuck Noll would have long been known as the greatest of all time, but everyone knew he was loaded with HOFers. Honestly, 90% of the people that don’t like Tomlin, just don’t like black folks. Nobody is kidding anyone.

  27. Tomlin is the one that brought in Antonio Brown and Vance McDonald and Shazier. It’s not just Colbert that brings in talent. Tomlin’s knock has always been that he does not have his team ready for games that they are double digit favorites in. The kicking game was a disaster but again ….double digit favored teams should get over that hump.

  28. Tebow, Bortles, Browns and Raiders. Fire Tomlin and Colbert and start the long, expensive rebuild already.

  29. If all these teams should get over the hump the pats wouldn’t be in it every year. Clearly the NFL isn’t that simple. Hats off the the pats for what they’ve created, but you can’t recreate having the best qb ever

  30. You guys and your weird fantasy about the teams Tomlin has had. Last few years some very good offensive talent. Mediocre defensive take my and on special teams a kicker who went from good to God awful.

    This has not been some hall of fame laden team … Probably Ben and Antonio are that good. But that’s been it. Polamalu. And I think Ward. Earlier.

    Not a terrible roster but … This notion. That Tomlin was gifted with a a GOAT lineup and under delivered. Fake news.

  31. tavisteelersfan says:
    July 30, 2019 at 1:15 am
    You guys and your weird fantasy about the teams Tomlin has had. Last few years some very good offensive talent. Mediocre defensive take my and on special teams a kicker who went from good to God awful.

    This has not been some hall of fame laden team … Probably Ben and Antonio are that good. But that’s been it. Polamalu. And I think Ward. Earlier.

    Not a terrible roster but … This notion. That Tomlin was gifted with a a GOAT lineup and under delivered. Fake news.

    ________________________________________

    Take a minute and go back and look at the last 8-10 season of draft picks. How many players are not on the roster or even in the NFL anymore. We have entire draft classes that are no where to be found. Tomlin doesn’t develop players the way he should. Our picks haven’t been as good as we all think. If a player doesn’t show up Pro ready they don’t make it in Pittsburgh because we simply don’t develop and coach them the way we used to.

  32. If the minority owners do not like the way the Rooney family is running the Steelers then sell their minority shares and walk out. Either that or shut up because the only reason your a minority owner is for status. You have no voice in the day to day. So sit in your little box at Heinz Field with your other rich friends 8 games a season and watch the games. GET IT?

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