Mike Tomlin ties record with 14 straight non-losing seasons to open coaching career

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The Steelers improved to 8-0 with Sunday’s win over the Cowboys and that means they have no chance of finishing the season with a losing record.

That’s nothing new for the Mike Tomlin era. The Steelers have never won fewer than eight games in any of Tomlin’s 14 seasons with the team and that run of success is unusual to open a head coaching career.

Marty Schottenheimer is the only other coach to put together 14 non-losing seasons after becoming a head coach. Schottenheimer opened by going 4-4 with the Browns as an interim head coach in 1984 and didn’t have a losing season until he was with the Chiefs in 1998.

Tomlin is now 141-74-1 over his entire run in Pittsburgh. The 141 wins rank 22nd all-time and Tomlin would tie his predecessor Bill Cowher for 20th place if the Steelers should go undefeated in the regular season.

9 responses to “Mike Tomlin ties record with 14 straight non-losing seasons to open coaching career

  1. Man, that is impressive! Im not sure why he doesn’t get more cred for being a hell of a good coach.

  2. But he is only doing it with Cowher’s players right? Or is it their easy schedule every year? It must be the refs. Or cheating.

  3. Tomlin has been derided as a coach for years, and I don’t know why. All he does is win, regardless of the the players that he has

  4. I have to admit, I have been, at times, critical of MT for not having the team prepared to play. Especially against teams they should beat handily, like the Cowboys yesterday. But, for the vast majority of the time he has been a great coach, and you can’t argue with his success. Plus, after seeing what he and the team went through with Brown, and to a certain degree, Bell, he should more credit than he does for keeping them in the hunt the majority of the time.

  5. That is a heck of an accomplishment considering no Ben last year and the only game Ben really played was a loss. He has had long stretches without Ben. Few years back with the Charlie Batch years. Very impressive!

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