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Old 02-17-2009, 10:07 PM   #1
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Steelers to Give Mike Tomlin a Raise

Posted Feb 14th 2009 11:00 AM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
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Mike Tomlin is 36, just finished his second season as an NFL head coach, and all he's done is amass a 22-10 record and bring Pittsburgh its sixth Super Bowl championship, all while blazing a trail for young potential head coaching candidates who might be short on experience but long on leadership.

And the good news keeps on coming. The Pittsburgh Steelers, Tomlin's employer, are in the process of giving him a raise, even though he's only two years into a four-year deal. In general, the organization has a rule about new contracts: they're only re-worked in their last year. Perhaps that only applies to players, or maybe Dan Rooney is willing to make an exception in this case. Whatever, I don't imagine anybody thinks it's a bad idea.

[Tomlin's] average salary of $2.5 million per year was typical of what first-time NFL head coaches received. That amount could double in his next contract, according to agents who have knowledge of NFL coaching contracts.

One noted that Carolina coach John Fox makes in the neighborhood of $5 million to $6 million and while one of his teams reached a Super Bowl, the Panthers did not win it. The Cleveland Browns signed now-departed coach Romeo Crennel to a two-year contract extension that averaged more than $4 million one year ago, when he had two years left on his first contract. Crennel's teams never made the playoffs.

Two years ago, rumor had it that part of the reason Bill Cowher resigned was because he wanted $8 million a year. No idea how much truth there is to that -- he certainly could've gotten that from any number of teams that tried to hire him since -- but either way, Tomlin proved to be a bargain -- even if he makes John Fox money starting next season.

Of course, a year ago, the Browns re-upped Romeo Crennel and nobody blinked an eye. Six months and four wins later, Eric Mangini is the new coach in Cleveland. In the NFL, fortunes change quickly. Just ask Mike Martz.
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Default Re: Steelers to Give Mike Tomlin a Raise

Double his salary, the man deserves it.
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Old 02-17-2009, 10:51 PM   #3
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Default Re: Steelers to Give Mike Tomlin a Raise

Yea I will admit when Cower first left I was worried a bit but Tomlin has more then proven himself worthy and deserves a raise no doubt.
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he deserves the raise
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Double his salary, the man deserves it.
Agreed. Double it. Even then the man worth much more than that.
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Agreed. Double it. Even then the man worth much more than that.
ugghhh man i love your signature. that's the least of what fransicko deserved for going after harrison's knee. i would have loved to see them meet in a dark alley after the game! punk!
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show him the money!!
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rooneys have often renegotiated deals with HC and QB with two years remaining
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Default Re: Steelers to Give Mike Tomlin a Raise

A lot of people outside of Steeler Nation believe that Tomlin is still riding Cowhers team and reaping all the success. Some one the other day compared him to Gruden. I of course don't believe that , hopefully Tomlin can silence his critics in years to come.
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I do not believe that Tomlin and company are riding Cowhers coat tails. How long did it take Cowher to actually win a SB?

Tomlin just has "it"....

Just because a team has talent does not make them an automatic winner. Look at the Dallas Cowboys and all of the talent they have.... what's their problem? They have an owner that is an idiot and a coach that should be a director at a country club and not an NFL head coach..... soft

Give Tomlin a 5 year deal worth 27.5 million plus incentives....
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