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mesaSteeler
02-27-2010, 11:57 PM
NFL/The Combine: Steelers' Tomlin waits for contract
But Whisenhunt's new deal is all set
Sunday, February 28, 2010
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10059/1039221-66.stm

INDIANAPOLIS -- While the coach he beat in Super Bowl XLIII just received a new contract that doubled his income, Mike Tomlin is still without a new deal from the Steelers.

Like Tomlin, Arizona's Ken Whisenhunt had led the Cardinals to two playoff appearances and a Super Bowl berth in his first three seasons as coach. And, like Tomlin, he had a year plus an option remaining on the original contract he signed in 2007.

But, Thursday, the Cardinals surprised Whisenhunt with a new four-year contract with a fifth-year option that will pay him between $5.5 million and $6 million annually and give him more control over roster and staff decisions.

And Tomlin, who has a 34-19 career record and an all-important Super Bowl trophy, still waits.

"It wasn't an issue with me," Whisenhunt was saying Saturday in the hallway at Lucas Oil Stadium, taking a break from the NFL Scouting Combine. "It never has been. I was very honored that they would consider that. Obviously, it's something you want because it does, on a level, serve as recognition of doing a good job, and for that I'm very grateful. Who wouldn't want a new contract?"

Historically, the Steelers have always extended the contract of their coach when he had two years remaining on the deal. But history also has shown that the extension has typically come in the spring or summer months leading up to training camp.

It is not known if the Steelers have discussed a new deal with Tomlin, who declined Saturday to talk about the subject. Team president Art Rooney II also will not comment on the matter.

Nonetheless, the new deal given to Whisenhunt, a former Steelers assistant who was bypassed for Tomlin as Bill Cowher's replacement, points up the salary climate for head coaches in the National Football League. Especially for those who have had success just three years after taking over their new team.

"Ken has done a magnificent job for us and, in many respects, that is as an understatement," Cardinals general manager Rod Graves said inside Lucas Oil Stadium. "He's a pleasure to work with. We've had a chance to know him in ways others don't. We respect the leadership qualities, we respect the type of program and infrastructure he's worked hard to put in place with our team and [team president] Michael Bidwell understood that.

"We knew that it was important to maintain the stability and continuity in our program, and Ken has been a tremendous part of that."

Indeed, Whisenhunt took over one of the worst franchises in NFL history -- the Cardinals had not won a playoff game since 1947 and had not been in the postseason since 1998 -- and changed their culture quicker than anyone imagined anybody could.

In his second year, the Cardinals won the NFC West, posted two surprising road victories and took the franchise to its first Super Bowl, where they lost to the Steelers on Santonio Holmes' touchdown catch with 35 seconds remaining.

This year, unlike the Steelers, he was able to repeat as division champ and win a playoff game before being ousted in the postseason by the New Orleans Saints.

"If you look at an organization like Pittsburgh, where you lose a Bill Cowher and the next coach comes in and a lot of elements were in place that allowed it to continue and be successful, certainly that would be attractive to a head coach," Whisenhunt said. "And they went on and won a Super Bowl. There were a lot of questions about Arizona that have been answered, with the new stadium, could they win if they had a plan. And I think we've showed that to a degree."

He has the new contract to prove it.

Gerry Dulac: gdulac@post-gazette.com.

(The difference between the Arizona Turdnials and the Steelers. The Turdnials regard losing the Superbowl as a successful season. - mesa)

truesteelerfan
02-28-2010, 09:13 AM
Keep the man and give him his money....He's a proven leader shown by leading us to a championship...and not letting a bunch of veteran players become disinterested during our 5 game loss streak as we won out the final 3. He's a winner and I'd like him around for a long time to come. Much better with good men on our side, instead of coaching against us.

pete74
02-28-2010, 09:17 AM
i would bet anything he will have a new contract before the season starts and hopefully we will have one for the GM as well because i would hate to see him go with cower next year

mesaSteeler
02-28-2010, 10:39 AM
Does Tomlin deserve a new deal?
February, 28, 2010
By James Walker
http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/9959/does-tomlin-deserve-a-new-deal

INDIANAPOLIS -- Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote an interesting article Sunday on the contract status of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

Tomlin vs. Whiz

Here's the tale of the tape for Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin (right) and Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt:

Tomlin Whisenhunt
Seasons Three Three
Reg. season record 31-17 27-21
Playoff record 3-1 4-2
Super Bowls wins One* Zero

*Pittsburgh beat Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII

Dulac mentions the recent four-year extension for former Steelers assistant and current Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt puts a brighter spotlight on the fact Pittsburgh has yet to do the same with Tomlin.

Tomlin beat Whisenhunt in Super Bowl XLIII and, like Whisenhunt, Tomlin has two playoff appearances in three years. Tomlin also has four more regular-season victories (31) than Whisenhunt (27) but one less playoff win.

It's unknown at this point if the Steelers will enter negotiations with Tomlin this offseason. The team has been hesitant to discuss those matters publicly while preparing for the draft and free agency.

Tomlin is signed through 2011. So perhaps this matter isn't as pressing as other coaches -- like Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals -- entering the final year of their deals.

But I agree with Dulac that Arizona's insistence to work out an extension with Whisenhunt after three years might raise some questions if Pittsburgh doesn't do the same.

Edman
02-28-2010, 10:44 AM
In the three years under Tomlin...

We haven't had a losing season. 2009 was a tad disappointing, but it was a winning season none the less.

The guy earned his money.

WH
02-28-2010, 11:02 AM
Does Tomlin deserve a new deal?
February, 28, 2010
By James Walker
http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/9959/does-tomlin-deserve-a-new-deal

INDIANAPOLIS -- Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote an interesting article Sunday on the contract status of Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

Tomlin vs. Whiz

Here's the tale of the tape for Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin (right) and Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt:

Tomlin Whisenhunt
Seasons Three Three
Reg. season record 31-17 27-21
Playoff record 3-1 4-2
Super Bowls wins One* Zero

*Pittsburgh beat Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII

Dulac mentions the recent four-year extension for former Steelers assistant and current Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt puts a brighter spotlight on the fact Pittsburgh has yet to do the same with Tomlin.

Tomlin beat Whisenhunt in Super Bowl XLIII and, like Whisenhunt, Tomlin has two playoff appearances in three years. Tomlin also has four more regular-season victories (31) than Whisenhunt (27) but one less playoff win.

It's unknown at this point if the Steelers will enter negotiations with Tomlin this offseason. The team has been hesitant to discuss those matters publicly while preparing for the draft and free agency.

Tomlin is signed through 2011. So perhaps this matter isn't as pressing as other coaches -- like Marvin Lewis of the Cincinnati Bengals -- entering the final year of their deals.

But I agree with Dulac that Arizona's insistence to work out an extension with Whisenhunt after three years might raise some questions if Pittsburgh doesn't do the same.


Good 'ole ESPN jumping on the work someone else did so they can put their own dumb spin on it.

Mountains out of mole hills people, mountains out of mole hills.

43Hitman
02-28-2010, 02:31 PM
Good 'ole BSPN jumping on the work someone else did so they can put their own dumb spin on it.

Mountains out of mole hills people, mountains out of mole hills.

Fixed that for ya!:wink02:

Northside Jonny
02-28-2010, 03:12 PM
Its this simple, There are those who are part of the steeler nation and those who are not . 9times out of 10 those who are not members are just trying to stir something up out of jelousy! Just another case of an outsider trying to take a run at the Steelers, and eventually he will look like an ass when it is all said and done.

43Hitman
02-28-2010, 03:22 PM
Its this simple, There are those who are part of the steeler nation and those who are not . 9times out of 10 those who are not members are just trying to stir something up out of jelousy! Just another case of an outsider trying to take a run at the Steelers, and eventually he will look like an ass when it is all said and done.

Good post. I agree with your sentiments.

WH
02-28-2010, 03:41 PM
Fixed that for ya!:wink02:

thank you.

lionslicer
03-01-2010, 06:12 AM
This article never mentions where Tomlin is actually complaining. Because he's not, he's doing his job and not worrying about it.

pete74
03-01-2010, 07:13 AM
^^^exactly. this is just the media trying to make a story. tomlin knows he is getting his extension this year and isnt about to complain about it