It isn’t easy to follow in the footsteps of two great coaches who brought a total of five Super Bowl titles to the city of Pittsburgh. But somehow, Mike Tomlin managed and welcomed the challenge with open arms, while succeeding in the process.
Since taking over as head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006, Tomlin has proved that he is worthy of being the head coach for the franchise that has the most Super Bowl victories in NFL history.
The five seasons that Tomlin has had in the Steel City, Pittsburgh has never had a losing season and has records of 55-25 and 5-3 in the regular season and postseason respectively. In this time span, the Steelers have won three division titles and appeared in two Super Bowls, winning one of those against the Arizona Cardinals. That championship made Tomlin the youngest head coach to ever win a title.
Because of his success, team President Art Rooney II has given Tomlin a three-year extension to his contract, which will keep him in Pittsburgh through the 2016 season.
This contract extension definitely proves that the 40-year-old coach is one of the best coaches in the league and is more than capable of upholding the tradition of winning and long-tenured coaches the Steelers have shown over the past four decades.
In addition, Tomlin receiving this extension should also quiet any skeptics who said that he won Pittsburgh’s sixth title only because he inherited a great team from Bill Cowher, and that the Steelers would get worse over time.
Bottom line, the Steelers continue to prove that they have a knack for choosing head coaches, and more than likely won’t have to worry about searching for another one for another 10 to 15 years.
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