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Old 01-10-2010, 08:32 PM   #1
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Default Steelers need to extend Tomlin's contract for all the right reasons

Steelers need to extend Tomlin's contract for all the right reasons
Sunday, January 10, 2010
By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10010/1027111-87.stm

There are several ways to describe Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's job performance this season, but this clearly is most appropriate:

Below the line.

Not even Tomlin will argue that.

The Steelers missed the playoffs despite having superior talent to at least four of the six teams that made the AFC field. Tomlin is the boss. Therefore ...

"I accept responsibility for everything," the man said, not even attempting to duck.

That is as it should be.

Responsibility for the pass-defense problems in the secondary, which devastated the team.

For the kickoff and punt coverage troubles, which never really were solved.

For the red-zone shortcomings on offense.

For the hideous five-game losing streak, which started at midseason and sabotaged the team's 6-2 start.

For the players failing to "unleash hell" -- Tomlin's promise -- after the loss in Baltimore Nov. 29 and losing at home the next weekend to the awful Oakland Raiders.

For the most lifeless effort a Steelers team has made in years in an embarrassing loss in Cleveland Dec. 10.

For all of it.

You know what is coming next, right?

At this point, there is only one thing the Steelers should do with Tomlin:

Give him a two-year contract extension.

What?

You don't really think they should fire him, do you?

Don't be foolish.

Tomlin deserves an extension. One bad season doesn't make a bad coach. Bill Cowher had a bunch of bad ones here before Tomlin, and teams are lining up to throw countless millions at him to get him back in the business. Tomlin showed a long time ago the job isn't too big for him. He showed he knows how to win.

Tomlin proved he could coach in his first season -- 2007 -- when he took over a veteran team that was angry because one of Cowher's assistants -- Russ Grimm or Ken Whisenhunt -- didn't succeed him. He survived All-Pro guard Alan Faneca's contract bitterness, a dispute so ugly that Faneca refused to be an offensive captain. The team won the AFC North Division.

Tomlin proved he could coach the next season when the Steelers won Super Bowl XLIII. That, alone, is worth a new contract.

Even this season, Tomlin proved he could coach by getting the players back on track after that fiasco in Cleveland. Just when it looked as if the Steelers would finish with an eight-game losing streak and a 6-10 record, they won their final three games to go 9-7 and nearly climb out of a very deep, dark hole.

Tomlin deserves an extension.

The time is right. An announcement of a new deal for Tomlin is expected before training camp in July. The Rooneys long have preached of the importance of "continuity" and "stability" in their organization. To back that up, they almost always give an extension to their coach when he has two years left on his current contract, as Tomlin does. That's a big reason they have had just three coaches in the past 41 seasons. It's also a big reason they have been so successful.

Something team president Art Rooney II said when he gave Cowher a three-year extension before the 2001 season still is memorable. At the time, the Steelers had missed the playoffs for three consecutive years and many fans were calling for Cowher to be fired.

"All things considered, he's still one of the best coaches in the NFL," Rooney said. "Taking a chance on maybe having to bring someone new in here was not the direction we wanted to go."

It's safe to think management has the same opinion of Tomlin.

Is he a perfect coach? No, for all of those reasons mentioned above and a few others. For that third-and-1 pass play early in the game at Cleveland on a frozen field on a frigid night. For that ridiculous onside kick against the Green Bay Packers. For the way he made safety Troy Polamalu look bad -- even soft -- by seeming to minimize his second knee injury even as he missed game after game, the final seven in all.

It's nice to think Polamalu won't be alienated the way former star running back Barry Foster was after similar mistreatment from Cowher in 1993.

So, no, Tomlin isn't perfect.

But what coach is?

While we're asking questions, here are two more:

Is Tomlin the right man for the Steelers' job right now? Yes.

Should he get that extension? Absolutely.
Ron Cook can be reached at rcook@post-gazette.com. More articles by this author
First published on January 10, 2010 at 12:00 am

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10010...#ixzz0cGcmR1HT
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Default Re: Steelers need to extend Tomlin's contract for all the right reasons

I agree!!! Lets get Mike Tomlin signed so we can keep what we have and improve on it.
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Default Re: Steelers need to extend Tomlin's contract for all the right reasons

I'd have to agree as well. I think he's done an excellent job as our Head Coach thus far. He has definitely earned a new contract.
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Default Re: Steelers need to extend Tomlin's contract for all the right reasons

9-7 isn't exactly a bad season.....Ask the Houson Texans if it is.....
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9-7 isn't exactly a bad season.....Ask the Houson Texans if it is.....
We're just spoiled. 6 Lombardi's will do that to a fanbase...
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keep tomlin, hes a fantastic coach
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keep tomlin, hes a fantastic coach
Maybe a little overboard. What he does in the offseason and next year will say alot about him.
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keep tomlin, hes a fantastic coach
I would not go that far yet. He does seem to have problems in evaluating the ability of his assistant coaches (Ligashesky for example) and a reluctance to overrule them.
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No question Mike Tomlin deserves an extension. Get it done and let's begin work in the off season to get better for 2010
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Default Re: Steelers need to extend Tomlin's contract for all the right reasons

It's a business. And a family business at that, albeit one that approaches $1B and has a whole lot of "minority investors" at this point.

The pragmatic approach is to extend him for two years. 2010 is an "option year". So if they extend him now, they're really only giving him 2011. 11 is an uncertainty. No point in "overinvesting". He gets his "press". They get theirs.

They'll take a similar approach to all their "dealings".
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