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Old 05-19-2012, 09:58 PM   #1
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Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Tomlin Set To Follow Chuck Noll's Path

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The Pittsburgh Steelers football organization prides itself on stability and continuity. To that end, the Steelers have had exactly three head coaches since the start of the 1969 season; one of the coaches is in the Hall of Fame, the second is probably one tier below that, and the third is off to an excellent start.

Chuck Noll was one of the great old-time coaches, along with the likes of Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry and Don Shula. The Steelers won four Super Bowls during his 23-year tenure.

Noll was followed by Bill Cowher, a fiery, heart-on-his-sleeve coach (and former player) who took his teams to a pair of Super Bowls – winning one – in his 15 seasons.

And now Mike Tomlin, the very definition of cool, has completed five extremely successful seasons in Pittsburgh. His squads have reached two Super Bowls, winning one.

As Tomlin prepares for his sixth season at the helm, here’s a comparison of the first five seasons of his two immediate predecessors:

Chuck Noll’s first 5 seasons (1969-1973)

Regular-season record: 33-37 (.471)
Division titles: 2
Playoff record: 1-2
Super Bowls: no appearances

Bill Cowher’s first 5 seasons (1992-1996)

Regular-season record: 53-29 (.646)
Division titles: 4
Playoff record: 4-5
Super Bowls: 0-1

Mike Tomlin’s first five seasons (2007-2011)

Regular-season record: 55-25 (.688)
Division titles: 4
Playoff record: 5-3
Super Bowls: 1-1

Each coach’s first five seasons were remarkable for different reasons.

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Default Re: Mike Tomlin Set To Follow Chuck Noll's Path

I got the tail end of Chuck Noll, right when I was at age of understanding the game, I was raised on Bill Cowher and still feel like I'm a Cowher guy. Tomlin is hot and cold with me. Might be too cool for me. Cowher seemed to be the extension of my thoughts. He would always seem to pick the perfect time to be pissed at the right person at the right time.
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Its hard to compare the first 5 seasons...Noll started with a terrible team and built his own success from scratch....Cowher took over a very average team and turned it into a powerhouse...Tomlin inherited a team 1 year removed from a SB victory.

Tomlin is now building his own team and it will be exciting to see how successful he will be. The next few years will define him more than the first 5.
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Its hard to compare the first 5 seasons...Noll started with a terrible team and built his own success from scratch....Cowher took over a very average team and turned it into a powerhouse...Tomlin inherited a team 1 year removed from a SB victory.

Tomlin is now building his own team and it will be exciting to see how successful he will be. The next few years will define him more than the first 5.
I couldn't agree more, I believe the "jury is still out" on Tomlin, one thing that Noll and Cowher did was surround themselves with good coordinators, i.e., Tom Moore, Mike Mularkey, Dick LeBeau etc..... If Tomlin can surround himself with good coordinators and build his own legacy instead of inheriting it he will then be compared to Cowher and possibly the same level as Noll.
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It's about winning with me
And all I see is Tomlin at the Top of this list
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It's about winning with me
And all I see is Tomlin at the Top of this list
That is the bottom line, and thats why he will be paid well.
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