Steelers will address Mike Tomlin’s contract this offseason

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The Steelers season ended in ugly fashion against the Browns in the Wild Card round, but team president Art Rooney II doesn’t think it’s because the team was unprepared for the game.

A slew of turnovers contributed to the Browns racing out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter and Rooney said that he doesn’t “see how you really attribute that to coaching preparation” done by Mike Tomlin heading into the game.

Tomlin’s future was a topic of conversation when Rooney spoke to reporters on Thursday because of his contract situation. He is signed through the coming season with a team option for 2022 and Rooney said that there will be offseason conversations about keeping Tomlin in the fold.

“We’ll address Mike’s contract with him as time goes on this offseason,” Rooney said, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I feel comfortable in saying he’ll be our coach into the future.”

Tomlin is 145-78-1 over 14 seasons in Pittsburgh. Rooney’s comments suggest that neither his tenure nor the Steelers’ run without firing a head coach will be ending in the near future.

37 responses to “Steelers will address Mike Tomlin’s contract this offseason

  1. He’s not going anywhere and rightfully so.

    Mike Tomlin is not the problem. QB play (last year), injuries and execution (previous years) has killed the Steelers over the past few seasons.

  2. brwmstr says:
    January 29, 2021 at 8:51 am
    as an AFC rival…. please, please, please re-sign Mike Tomlin again!!!!
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    riiiiiiiiight. unless you are a chiefs or pats fan, im callin your bluff.

  3. He’s keeping his job ONLY because the ownership of that organization is stuck in the past, and they don’t have the guts to actually fire anyone. It’s good news for the rest of the AFC tho, because he’s proven time and again over the last 10 years that when it counts the most his teams will come up short.

  4. As a lions fan I can rightfully say we would have gladly taken him this year! I am happy with the way our coaching staff is shaping up right now, but if he was available this coaching search, he would’ve been signed within a week! Don’t always assume the replacement will be better… (Caldwell—> Patricia) so carefully what you wish for!!

  5. Tomlin kept Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell “happy” and productive, which is remarkable considering how they are perceived now. If they have an aging O line that can no longer run block, that’s not Tomlin’s fault. If they have an aging statue of a QB that can no longer move around in the pocket, that’s not his fault either.

    On the other hand, the players admitted they were not prepared for the Browns. That is most definitely Tomlin’s fault.

  6. The Steelers season ended in ugly fashion against the Browns in the Wild Card round, but team president Art Rooney II doesn’t think it’s because the team was unprepared for the game.

    I guess he didn’t watch the final six games of the season when the team look unprepared and lost five of their last six games. It looks like the Steelers front office doesn’t care about the late-season collapses so expect that to happen for as long as Tomlin is on the sidelines twiddling his thumbs.

  7. We fans and the media can only speculate as to why Steelers tanked down the stretch after starting 11-0. Whatever went wrong is something seriously wrong within the organization.

  8. I used to be harsh critic of Tomlin in the past, but reconsidered drastically after the team’s recent injury plagued seasons and the public meltdowns of Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell.
    That he managed to win games with those two players, whose talent is matched and exceeded by their crazy, thoroughly changed my perception.

  9. Keeping Coach T is fine. Even if he’s not perfect he’s better than a lot of alternatives. Noll and Cowher both had down years, but you can’t say the Steelers weren’t successful overall. Now, if Tomlin can get the offense and defense to be good at the same time for a couple seasons…

  10. The Steelers will never do it, but they need a reboot.

    The Tomlin/Roethlisberger era has gone as far as you can take them. This was their last stand this season and there’s no reason to believe they’ll be better next year.

    If the Steelers are okay being good every year then keep Tomlin there for 5 more years. If you want a chance to break through and actually win a Super Bowl you need to look elsewhere.

    Imagine what the Steelers could do next year with DeShaun Watson at QB and Dabo Swinney as head coach.

  11. For me, as a Steelers’ fan, it’s a tough call. On one hand, the team is far more often than not in the running for the division/playoffs. However, on the other hand, during MT’s tenure, the Steelers have had the personnel, talentwise, to go deep into the playoffs, and maybe even win a Super Bowl or two. Instead, they get bounced out early, and basically, didn’t show up in a few. It wasn’t a matter of talent, it was a matter of preparation, and for me, that is on the coaching staff.

  12. Does the number 3 defense in the league giving up at least 31 points in the playoffs attribute to coaching preparation? Or what about the 48 giving up to the jags a few years back. Yes, I’m afraid it does!

  13. Tomlin is kind of like the Tony Romo of coaching. He’s gonna get you to the post season nearly every time, then it all goes to hell from there…

  14. Captain Catch Phrase – hit the lottery when he was hired by Pittsburgh. He will coach in Pittsburgh as long as he wants to. Sad but true.

  15. pkrlvr says:
    Tomlin’s team has consistently been in the mix. Why would you not extend him?
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    Because for some teams it’s not enough to merely be “in the mix” every year.
    The Steelers haven’t played in a Super Bowl in a decade, and the stars that got them there in 2011 are either old or gone. Pittsburgh has remained very competitive, but clearly clearly aren’t a championship team. There was something very wrong with the way things completely fell apart after an 11-0 start.
    Mike Tomlin has a lot of strengths and has had a long and successful run, but players can get too familiar and comfortable with even the best of coaches. The team gets stale and predictable, and sometimes, even subconsciously, they begin to tune out the coach.
    Change is often beneficial for both parties. The Steelers have had exactly three coaches since the early 1970s, and each won at least one Super Bowl. Pittsburgh’s front office is doing something right, and in all likelihood will replace Tomlin with another good one.

  16. This sounds exactly like the Andy Reid/Eagles nonsense from a ways back – bet those Philly fans would like to have him now. Must be something in the water in Pennsylvania?

  17. 3yardsndust says: Tomlin kept Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell “happy” and productive, which is remarkable considering how they are perceived now.
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    He didn’t keep them happy and productive he created their entitled, spoiled brat mentality that turned them into the Me, Me, Me guys they became. In top of that they became distractions and locker room cancers… yea great COACHING AND LEADERSHIP JOB MIKE!!

  18. I’ve seen him underachieve with good to great talent too many times. He gets out coached quite a bit.

  19. Tomlin is staler than month-old bread. Plus he doesn’t run a tight ship. He would get hired tomorrow but his run of collecting big paychex and solid reg seasons should stop right now. It won’t b/c Rooney still mysteriously believes in him.

  20. demanrighthere says:
    January 29, 2021 at 9:31 am
    As a lions fan I can rightfully say we would have gladly taken him this year! I am happy with the way our coaching staff is shaping up right now, but if he was available this coaching search, he would’ve been signed within a week! Don’t always assume the replacement will be better… (Caldwell—> Patricia) so carefully what you wish for!!

    I’ll call your Caldwell/Patricia and raise you one Harbaugh/Tomsula

  21. Ben made Mike Tomlins career as did many good quarterbacks for their coaches. Preparedness isn’t the reason the Steelers lost in the stretch, it was injury along with age of qb. If we had a running game we wouldn’t have had to lean on the qb so much. The O.C. is gone and the o line coach. All be it Tomlin hired those two unproductive coaches who couldn’t fix a thing. So it’s on him. That said the guy should get a chance post Ben. He’s never had a losing season. That is worthy of an extension, plus head coaches don’t grow on trees.

  22. Mike Tomlin is a hall of fame coach, there shouldn’t be a question whether they bring him back.

    Tomlin is consistently disrespected even though his resume puts him in the elite class of coaches: he has won a Superbowl, never had a losing season, one of very few coaches to appear in Superbowls in multiple years.

    He was able to manage AB for years, while the Raiders couldn’t even deal with him through a training camp. He was able to manage Bell for years, while the Jets had reports coming out that Bell wasn’t wanted by the head coach months after he signed and cut after a year and a half.

    Andy Reid has coached more seasons than Tomlin and has had more disappointing seasons than Tomlin has had. I love Andy Reid but just realize how long it took him to win. There is clearly a recency bias when it comes to Andy’s legacy. For all the people talking about Tomlin wasting talent clearly don’t remember the “dream team” Eagles and the many years on the Eagles where they came up short.

    The biggest myth on Tomlin is that he won with Cowher’s team. This is 100% WRONG! Cowher won in 2005, Cowher coached the following season and went 8-8, then Tomlin goes 10-6 his rookie year, and wins a Superbowl in 2008 season; 3 years removed from Cowher’s Superbowl. How does Cowher get credited 3 years after winning? The roster wasn’t the same. James Harrison was a backup when the steelers won in 2005 but the Superbowl MVP when they won in 2008. The offensive line was different, the WR core was different, the defense was different but still, there is a myth that discredits Tomlin’s Superbowl win.

    Tomlin should be a Steelers for as long as he wants

  23. Shutiggyup.com says

    Nobody’s has done less with more in the past decade.

    ******************************************I’m gonna go with Sean Peyton on that one and I don’t see anyone gunning for his job. Teams not ready for big games and nobody is blaming him.

  24. Tomlin’s a good coach. Who else would they hire? Front office needs to get him some fresh blood. Lots of teams wish their team coach had that record. It’s pretty damn good.

  25. The i’s are never dotted and the t’s are never crossed with his teams. Too many times, the guys on his teams behave like idiots. The Steelers best years under Tomlin are behind them.

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