Steelers extend Mike Tomlin through 2024

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The Mike Tomlin era is set to continue in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers announced on Tuesday that they’ve signed their head coach to a three-year extension through 2024.

“I am pleased to announce we have extended Mike Tomlin’s contract through the 2024 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 work to win another championship.”

Tomlin is the third longest tenured head coach in the league, behind only New England’s Bill Belichick and New Orleans’ Sean Payton. The Steelers hired Tomlin in 2007 and Pittsburgh has not had a losing record with him at the helm. He’s compiled a 145-78-1 record, winning Super Bowl XLIII and coaching the team to an appearance in Super Bowl XLV.

“I am extremely grateful for this contract extension and want to thank Art Rooney II and everyone in the organization for the support in my first 14 seasons,” Tomlin said in a statement. “We have a goal of winning the organization’s seventh Super Bowl championship, and I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about this upcoming season.”

Tomlin is just Pittsburgh’s third head coach since 1969. Chuck Noll led the team from 1969-1991 and Bill Cowher served as head coach from 1992-2006.

72 responses to “Steelers extend Mike Tomlin through 2024

  1. There is no other NFL franchise more loyal to their coaches in long tenures as the Steelers

  2. Going to be a rebuilding time coming for him. Lucky for him he has owners with patience. Rare these days in the NFL. Almost unique to this franchise entirely.

  3. I still can’t get over him tripping Jacoby Jones. That was one of the trashiest things I’ve ever seen in sports. It boggles the mind that the Steelers would want someone like that representing their organization.

  4. I hope people will lay off of Tomlin- look at that record- 90% of teams , and their fans would be delighted to have that record, yet for some reason there are a to of folks who seem to despise him and think of him as a lesser coach– i am not a Pitts fan, in fact I have not respected them since the days of franco harris , bleier, swann stallworth, ham lambert, green etc.

  5. Well deserved. He is easily the most under appreciated coaches in the NFL. Steelers fans are constantly on his case while fans of other teams are envious of his annual success. He’s a Hall of Famer most likely.

  6. List of best records active coaches:
    BB, Reid , Carroll, Tomlin , Payton

    still tomlin constantly gets no respect, why is that?

  7. If you have a winning coach keep him. These turnover of coaches is pathetic. Look at the Lions after they fired Caldwell. The grass isn’t geener on the other side.

  8. More mediocrity for the Steelers. I almost feel sorry for their fanbase with an ownership and coach that can’t seem to replicate their early 2000s teams.

  9. Good for him. Good for the Steelers organization. The guy wins 65% of his games and has done so in the salary cap era. He obviously knows how to deal with today’s NFL player better than a lot of his contemporaries given how he managed AB and Bell. He has managed a prima donna QB for the last 14 years. There’s only a few coaches you would put above him. He’s not perfect, but you can do a lot worse and chances are your team probably is doing worse unless your Team is being coached by McVay, Reid, McDermott, Belichek, Harabaugh or Carrol.

  10. Sometimes I don’t think people really understand how difficult good coaches are to find. We always want to go and fire, fire, fire everyone. You can get your wish and fire a coach after 14 years then proceed to fire the four coaches you hired after him.

  11. Couldn’t happen to a more predictable coach. A coach that never has his teams ready to play in the biggest games, yet still gets rewarded. Well done Pittsburgh. You will continue to live in mediocrity and great one liners / catch phrases.

  12. He has won as many Super Bowls as Pete Carroll of Seattle and Andy Reid of Kansas City.

  13. No reason not to, he is a good NFL coach. I think they should have parted ways with Ben and a few of the older guard & rebuild. I do not look forward to years of Pitt and NE wallowing in mediocracy. This is coming from a lifelong Browns Fan & we know rebuilds!

  14. “List of best records active coaches:
    BB, Reid , Carroll, Tomlin , Payton

    still tomlin constantly gets no respect, why is that?”

    Are you saying that Carroll and Payton do? Because they sure don’t amongst the keyboard warrior community here.

  15. The Chicago Bears OWN HIM. Tomlin has never beat them. And the Super Fans invade Pittsburgh this year! Even with Andy QB1 Dalton….that’s a W.

  16. Not a bad coach. Is there a better one available? Probably not unless you go for an unknown. The problem is they have no plan for the future.

  17. Good move by the organization! Tomlin is solid, respectable, and a Superbowl winning head coach and would have won 2 super bowls if not for Ben’s interceptions against GB. Tomlin has spent his entire career catering to a selfish, entitled-diva QB. I hope one of his contract stipulations was – Ben has to be gone after this year? Otherwise, he should not have resigned.

  18. wcucarter says:
    April 20, 2021 at 9:25 am
    I still can’t get over him tripping Jacoby Jones. That was one of the trashiest things I’ve ever seen in sports. It boggles the mind that the Steelers would want someone like that representing their organization.

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    Tomlin did nit trip Jones. He did not extend his leg/foot.Looking at the video of the event,Tomlin did affect the progress of Jones, because he was technically on the field (white area of the sideline). For that,he should have been penalized.

  19. kennylc629 says:
    April 20, 2021 at 9:51 am
    Sometimes I don’t think people really understand how difficult good coaches are to find. We always want to go and fire, fire, fire everyone. You can get your wish and fire a coach after 14 years then proceed to fire the four coaches you hired after him.

    21 5 Rate This

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    Except he’s not a good coach. He’s the players’ friend.

    He’e a mediocre coach. Beating up the Bungles and Browns for 15 years is not special. It’s why he looks confused in postseasons.

  20. Must’ve beeen those back-to-back losses to the Browns to end last season that sealed the deal.

  21. Some people will never be happy. He’s a good coach that has managed games and personnel very well. How he managed all those personalities on offense a few years back, in hindsight, is pretty impressive.

  22. kennylc629 says:
    April 20, 2021 at 9:51 am
    Sometimes I don’t think people really understand how difficult good coaches are to find. We always want to go and fire, fire, fire everyone. You can get your wish and fire a coach after 14 years then proceed to fire the four coaches you hired after him.

    21 5 Rate This

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    His postseason record over the past decade is pitiful. He does not make in-game adjustments. It’s like he coaches the team all week leading up to the game and then stays home as the team executes the pre-determined plan….even when it isn’t working

  23. The Steelers are the gold standard when it comes to hiring head coaches. They’ve only had 3 head coaches over the last 50 years or more, and all have won super bowls. Many teams hire and fire coaches all the time. It’s the organization that mostly determines the success of the team, and the Steelers are just the best, or right up there among the top one or two.

  24. The Raiders and Steelers were the class of the 1970s who kept in-house coaches for long tenures. The Raiders departed from doing things their organizational way from the 1990s onward, and the Steelers stuck with it despite some lean years near the end of Noll’s tenure and a bumpy year or two under Cowher. Ask Raider fans if they like how things have played out since then in comparison to the Steellers.

  25. The Steelers are carried by their front office. I’ve never once watched a Steelers game and thought the coaching staff out coached the other team. He always seems to lose to the better coaches. It doesn’t matter who the coach is. If BB had that playoff record he would be on the hot seat.

  26. 4 seasons without a playoff win? Including losses to the Jaguars and Browns where your defense gave up 45 and 48 points respectively? As a long-time Packers fan, I’ve suffered through some atrocious defensive performances in the playoffs, but if I were a Steelers fan, I wouldn’t be too happy about this extension.

  27. If a coach has enough good players they win, if they don’t they lose. Did Arians go from 7-9 and no playoffs to 11-5 and a SB win because he became a better coach? Did Belichick go from 12-4 and the playoffs to 7-9 and no playoffs because he became a worse coach? The reality is that the difference between coaches in the NFL is not a whole lot. The biggest factor is team leaders and excellent players, not coaches.

  28. I don’t have an axe to grind in this. I understand the standards in Pittsburgh are very high. Could he have won more? Perhaps. We can say the same about even the greatest. That said, the measure of a man is what he does when he faces adversity. Perhaps his greatest coaching job should have gotten him coach of the year for that 8-8 team of two years ago, swamped with injuries, and horrific QB play once Ben got hurt. That team played hard and never quit right through the last second of the last game of the year., and overachieved given the hand they were dealt. That is the true measure of a really good coach

  29. Great… The Peyton Manning of coaches. Great reg season record,surrounded by boatloads of talent, poor playoff record, and 1 trophy(Manning has 2 but did little to nothing for the 2nd). Could be worse I guess

  30. It was smart of the Steelers to extend him before this year. They will have enough distractions this year without the constant, “Is Tomlin on the hot seat?”

    He has one more year of this team as it is currently constructed and then will need to craft a new dynamic going forward, i.e. post Be. So the Steelers are saying, “We trust him to go on one last quest and then to transition us into the next era.”

    The team has valued consistency and been rewarded with double-digit wins over the course of his tenure along with playoff appearances 9 out of 14 seasons and a Super Bowl in the era when the Patriots were running wild. Better’n a LOT of NFL teams over that time.

  31. So, he is going to be rewarded for losing back to back games against the Browns at the end of the year including one where the Browns had NO HEAD COACH in one them due to Covid?
    This decision is a head scratcher.

  32. And the rest of the AFC celebrates. While the Steelers r happy to have a none losing season.

  33. It’s very obvious that their is so much hate for Tomlin, but it’s seems this site doesn’t have the stones to address it or not block those of us who readily know what the truth is. Hiding from the truth won’t make it go away. Tomlin is a very good coach respected by his peers and his players. For the guy who claims to be smarter than the rest losing two games to Cleveland is not the stigma it once was. The Browns have 9/10 first rounders on the squad so they are a team to take seriously…..for once by knowledgeable fans.

  34. And the rest of the AFC celebrates
    ——

    Nobody is buying this weak take when only 7 AFC teams have been to the Super Bowl since the year 2000 and the Steelers are one of them (3 times).

  35. Vasteelerfan says:
    April 20, 2021 at 12:36 pm
    It’s very obvious that their is so much hate for Tomlin, but it’s seems this site doesn’t have the stones to address it or not block those of us who readily know what the truth is. Hiding from the truth won’t make it go away. Tomlin is a very good coach respected by his peers and his players. For the guy who claims to be smarter than the rest losing two games to Cleveland is not the stigma it once was. The Browns have 9/10 first rounders on the squad so they are a team to take seriously…..for once by knowledgeable fans.

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    Tomlin has a great regular season winning percentage. If Steelers’ fan are content with that then Mike Tomlin is a great choice for head coach. But his postseason success has been woefully lacking over the past decade. All too often his teams appear unprepared and deliver lackluster performances.

  36. “surrounded by boatloads of talent”
    ———————-

    Like the Patriots, they haven’t had a Top 10 draft pick in any of his years. Yet with guys like AB (6th rd – 18 other WR drafted before him) and Villaneuva (undrafted), he COACHED them up to be Pro-Bowlers.

    That’s what a good coach like Tomlin does. Your team had a chance to draft the same “talent” but didn’t. Give credit where it’s due.

  37. Continuity is something that often goes under-appreciated.
    Tomlin brings a sense of stability and leadership to the Steelers.
    Every year we see people listing names of coaches who they feel
    are better, and those names always seem to change a short time later
    as their teams fade away. Tomlin fields teams that are usually
    SB contenders, or at the very least, competitive till the very end.
    I’ll take a consistent winner any day over the flavor of the month.
    Easily a top-3 HC in my book.

    Now, if they can only get GM Kevin Colbert to commit to staying
    another few years. He also has done a great job reloading the team.

  38. Tomlin has a great regular season winning percentage. If Steelers’ fan are content with that then Mike Tomlin is a great choice for head coach. But his postseason success has been woefully lacking over the past decade. All too often his teams appear unprepared and deliver lackluster performances.

    I see what you did there to not look so obviously prejudiced . The last decade …..leaving out his super bowl win and loss. I feel sorry for the small people …..not of stature but of character.

  39. “More mediocrity for the Steelers. I almost feel sorry for their fanbase with an ownership and coach that can’t seem to replicate their early 2000s teams”

    Well patsfan1818 lets see how brilliant your coach is without a top notch QB. You must have forgotten that you don’t have Brady to bail him out anymore. Hang in there like the rest of us when you have multiple non-playoff seasons.

    As Bart Scott once said “I CAN’T WAIT”

  40. 3rd most winningest coach among active coaches. BB and Andy Reid only ahead of him. Bunch of whiners on here. Give him respect – what have you done?

  41. He’s kept the Steelers either in the playoffs or competitive as hell his entire tenure, despite countless injuries to key players. Also keep in mind, he was the only coach able to contain personalities like Antonio Brown for as long as he did.

    I’m thinking the Steelers are going to be alright.

  42. He is not a bad coach. Fire him and who do you hire? Unproven coach? Their issue has been playing in the AFC against Tom. Now against mahomes and maybe allen and lamar now. Reality is that Ben is not beating either of those guys right now.

  43. Why criticize a coach who is consistently winning at a higher rate than others?

  44. It probably isn’t this year, but they absolutely have to get a QB within the next two years. I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if this is the last season we see Big Ben play.

  45. As a lions fan I’m not sure I’m qualified to speak on this concept of “stability and success” at the Coaching Position. How would I know I’ve never seen it! A lot of people seem to have a good deal of criticism about Tomlin. I’m not a Steelers fan but from a far im jealous of the stability and the lack of a never-ending carousel of mediocrity. So perhaps a chunk of fans want the man gone. I think I can say the line would not be short for his services if he were to get fired.

  46. If steeler fans and Rooney are happy with Tomin, all the best. Tomlin is 8-8 career in the playoffs. 3-6 the last 10 yrs. He’s a good teacher, but a failure as a big game coach. He was able to beat up on the Browns and Bengals for years. They’ll be fighting for 3rd in the AFCN this yr. Trippy Tomlin has waaayyy underachieved with some of the great rosters he’s been provided with.

  47. bajer says:
    April 20, 2021 at 9:47 am
    List of best records active coaches:
    BB, Reid , Carroll, Tomlin , Payton

    still tomlin constantly gets no respect, why is that?

    Harbaugh has a better win pct than Carroll. .617 vs .600

  48. jbcommonsense says:
    April 20, 2021 at 3:02 pm
    Why criticize a coach who is consistently winning at a higher rate than others?

    ———————/

    I’ve watched him over his entire tenure. Good coach—yes—but routinely lost games that his teams could’ve/should’ve won by being out-coached. As a Patriots fan, you’d see his teams with unquestionably more talent (especially at the skill positions) that he couldn’t get to win big games. Whoever mentioned “in game adjustments” is spot-on. He couldn’t keep up with Belichick there at all, but since that puts him in a class with 95% of everybody, I’m not sure how much of a ding that is.

    You are what your record says you are—so it’s hard to dispute the overall numbers. Let’s see what the post Big Ben era brings, because he’ll be there for it with unwavering loyalty from the organization.

  49. If the Steelers would have let Tomlin go, any team that wasn’t 100% sold on their head coach would have jumped at the chance to take him, and this is coming from a Ravens fan.

  50. Three head coaches since 1969! When you think about this era of “we wanna win now!”, it’s almost inconceivable that an NFL team could have just 3 head coaches since 1969.
    Regardless whether you are a Steelers fan or dislike them with a passion, you have to give them credit for the way they do things.
    Mike Tomlin has never had a season when he’s lost more games than he’s won! That’s another amazing fact that makes me wonder how he gets overlooked when they talk about great head coaches.
    Tomlin is already a Hall Of Fame worthy head coach and he has many good years left. The Rooneys are among the best owners in all of sports and Tomlin understands that.

  51. Superfanentertainment says: ” The Bears own him”

    Wow – good to see that a franchise that hasn’t won a Super Bowl since Reagan was in office, hangs it’s hat on this peculiar sliver of pride. And check the won-loss record of your current QB savior Dalton vs the Steelers, when he played for the Bungles. Yeah, that’s an automatic “W” for the Bears SMH

  52. Is this the same Mike Tomlin that stood on the field to prevent a kickoff return for a touchdown a few years back???

  53. He’s the only coach who was able to get EIGHT years of productivity out of Antonio “Crazy Train” Brown and kept him hidden from the rest of us! That in itself is Hall of Fame worthy coaching.

  54. As a Ravens fan, I am delighted by this news. Good for Tomlin. Without Ben he’s going to struggle.

  55. Tomlin is a very good coach.

    I’d argue he’s been held back by Roethlisberger, who I view as one of the most overrated quarterbacks of his generation (there’s a reason he has only six pro bowl selections in 17 seasons despite his reputation) alongside Eli Manning (.500 career record).

    I hope Tomlin is able to find a better successor at quarterback to prove it.

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