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tony hipchest
05-17-2012, 03:06 PM
kinda suprising. i never really thought about it.

http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/48371/tomlin-is-8th-on-highest-paid-pro-coach-list

The Steelers' Mike Tomlin has proved to be one of the top coaches in the NFL, and he's getting paid like one.

With an annual salary of $5.8 million, he ranks tied for eighth on the list of highest-paid coaches in sports and tied for sixth among NFL coaches, according to Forbes. In terms of football, Tomlin is only behind the Patriots' Bill Belichick ($7.5 million), the Redskins' Mike Shanahan ($7 million), the Rams' Jeff Fisher ($7 million), the Seahawks' Pete Carroll ($7 million) and the Bears' Lovie Smith ($6 million). The Cardinals' Ken Whisenhunt also makes $5.8 million.

Tomlin certainly deserves to be in this pay grade. He is only one of seven coaches in league history to win a Super Bowl in his first two seasons as an NFL head coach and became only the sixth to win at least nine games in each of his first five seasons since the 1970 merger (George Seifert, Mike Holmgren, Bill Cowher, Chuck Knoll and Mike Sherman were the others).

There's a good chance that Tomlin will move up on this list. His contract runs out after the 2012 season with an option for 2013.
None of the other AFC North coaches -- John Harbaugh, Marvin Lewis and Pat Shurmur -- made the top 10 list.

MACH1
05-17-2012, 03:25 PM
Those cheap ass Rooneys.

Galax Steeler
05-17-2012, 03:27 PM
I think he deserves it and I have questioned some of his calls but I guess all of them make bad calls in there career.

Hawaii 5-0
05-17-2012, 03:29 PM
Mike Shanahan, Pete Carroll and Ken Whisenhunt do not deserve to be on that list.

tony hipchest
05-17-2012, 03:34 PM
ken wisenhunt did the impossible. take the cardinals to the superbowl and almost win. he probably deserves to be the highest! :chuckle:

if a browns or lions coach can do the same, they will probably win the nobel prize AND become the highest paid.

im thinking lakers phil jackson was pretty high up on the list last year. kinda suprised coach popovich of the spurs wasnt on there.

truesteelerfan
05-17-2012, 03:47 PM
I'm good with where he ranks - yes, will probably go up with new contract, but he's a solid leader for us - rather pay him than start over with someone new - hope he is willing to accept a fair offer and not want to break the bank to stay

Hawaii 5-0
05-17-2012, 05:04 PM
Mike Tomlin Is The 7th Highest Paid NFL Coach According To Forbes Magazine

Thursday, May 17th, 2012 by Dave Bryan

Forbes Magazine has released its top 10 list of highest-paid coaches in sports and Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin makes the list at 9th overall with an annual salary of $5.75 million. Tomlin is the 7th highest paid NFL coach on the list behind Bill Belichick, Mike Shanahan, Jeff Fisher, Pete Carroll, Lovie Smith and Ken Whisenhunt.

Tomlin was originally hired to replace the retired Bill Cowher in 2007 and was given a four year contract with a fifth year option at that time. That deal was reportedly worth an average of $2.5 million annually. Tomlin signed an extension in July of 2010 and that current deal is guaranteed through 2012 with an option for 2013 according to reports at that time. At the time the extension was given, Art Rooney II said in a statement, "Mike Tomlin has proven to be one of the top head coaches in the National Football League in a relatively short time. His unique ability to lead the team and motivate individuals have been key factors in our success."

In late March of this year Scott Brown from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote that the Steelers could approach Tomlin about a new deal before the start of the 2012 season. Rooney II told the paper at that time, "We're obviously very happy with Mike and the job he's doing and we hope he's going to be here for the long term and I think I'm comfortable in saying that will be the case."

Tomlin currently has .688 winning percentage (55-25) through his first five seasons as head coach and that is the best in franchise history. He has guided the Steelers to one Super Bowl championship, three AFC North titles and four playoff appearances since taking over.

Of the NFL coaches above him on the Forbes list, only two have won championships and those two are of course Belichick and Shanahan. You can expect that a new extension will likely be on its way soon for Tomlin and likely will be in place by the time training camp rolls around.

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/05/mike-tomlin-is-the-7th-highest-paid-nfl-coach-according-to-forbes-magazine/

Steelers>NFL
05-18-2012, 07:18 AM
Surprised that he is being paid that well by the Rooneys. I think most cowher ever made was $4m. Right?
And in my mind, I think Cowher was a better coach than what Tomlin is. My how time has change.

StainlessStill
05-18-2012, 10:18 AM
Surprised that he is being paid that well by the Rooneys. I think most cowher ever made was $4m. Right?
And in my mind, I think Cowher was a better coach than what Tomlin is. My how time has change.

Cowher was more of an emotional leader in a style of a smash-mouth era in the NFL. Other than Roethlisberger (who Dan Rooney didn't want to pass up in 2004, Cowher wanted an O-lineman) Cowher really didn't have a knack for picking QB's or even developing them.

Could he have evolved with the league's passing frenzy in the later half of the decade and take his team to 2 Super Bowl's? Not sure because 2003 was a total failure concering the Tommy Maddox experience with the run and shoot offense.

Tomlin has "IT." Not only is he a GREAT speaker, but he is NOT afraid to play the hot hand or decide to bench a certain player in favor of somebody who is more than likely ready (it took Cowher absolutley FOREVER to finally bench Kordell and don't get me started on guys like Chad Scott, Dewayne Washington & Brent Alexander. Cowher was very stubborn as a head coach and liked his vets, refusing to play guys like Townsend and Taylor early in their careers. Very frustrating. Hell, if Maddox doesn't go down in Baltimore week 2 in 2004, wonder how long Ben would of had to wait?)

Besides, Tomlin has faced TON of adversity since his FIRST DAY in office in 2007 with all that Faneca and Porter hoopla surrounding the Steelers veterans, let alone injury after injury throughout his short coaching career thus far. He also had to deal with being picked over incumbent guys like Whiz and Grimm as well as Pittsburgh's first black head coach, which was still a minority in 2007.

Tomlin deserves it. One of the best in the NFL. He's also 2-0 in AFC Title games AT HOME. Something to think about compared to Cowher (1-4.)

steeltheone
05-18-2012, 11:15 AM
Tomlin deserves it. One of the best in the NFL. He's also 2-0 in AFC Title games AT HOME. Something to think about compared to Cowher (1-4.)

Cowhers teams would have destroyed a rookie Flacco and Sanchez ....The 2-0 is a bit overrated when comparing to Brady, Elway

Sixburgher
05-18-2012, 11:27 AM
Cowhers teams would have destroyed a rookie Flacco and Sanchez ....The 2-0 is a bit overrated when comparing to Brady, Elway

So what happened against Stan Humphries when they were 10+ point favorites?

Cowher's teams had a knack for coming up small in big games.

SoCalFan
05-18-2012, 11:42 AM
EVERYONE involved in the NFL is overpayed IMO....Seeing these #s maves me ill....BUT, I still watch as the game has me by the balls...

ebsteelers
05-18-2012, 12:10 PM
Tomlin deserves it. One of the best in the NFL. He's also 2-0 in AFC Title games AT HOME. Something to think about compared to Cowher (1-4.)

Cowhers teams would have destroyed a rookie Flacco and Sanchez ....The 2-0 is a bit overrated when comparing to Brady, Elway


flacco and sanchez are nfl quarterbacks right?

did winning those 2 afc championship games feel less exciting cause
of who they beat?


last i checked 2 and 0

is 2 and 0

is 2 and 0..


plus those teams (ravens, jets) had top 5 in the league defenses



not saying cowher isnt a good coach, as he didnt have a top qb like bennie most of his time in pitt.

also hard to compare cowher salary to tomlin cause like everything else in this world price has gone up

steeltheone
05-18-2012, 03:37 PM
flacco and sanchez are nfl quarterbacks right?

did winning those 2 afc championship games feel less exciting cause
of who they beat?


last i checked 2 and 0

is 2 and 0

is 2 and 0..


plus those teams (ravens, jets) had top 5 in the league defenses



not saying cowher isnt a good coach, as he didnt have a top qb like bennie most of his time in pitt.

also hard to compare cowher salary to tomlin cause like everything else in this world price has gone up

I like Mike Tomlin but he was handed a good team with a great QB. Bottom line, he has won. He deserves his pay.

He has had the luck of not facing the Patriots or a Hall of Famer ( Elway ) in The AFC Championships. He faced an ok Cardinals team ( Won ) and a good Packers team and lost in the SB.

Again Cowher lost to an all time great Cowboys team. Cowher just had terrible luck of the draw. Tomlin has been fortunate.

steeltheone
05-18-2012, 03:42 PM
Losing to the Chargers was crushing....Once again they would have faced another all time great team the 49ers.