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Old 06-19-2012, 07:34 AM   #1
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Default Steelers coach Mike Tomlin deserves to be on a higher pay tier.

Priority for Steelers should be to extend Tomlin's contract
June 19, 2012 12:08 am
Bob Donaldson/Post-Gazette

There has been much angst about Mike Wallace's future with the Steelers. Will he sign his one-year tender for $2,742,000 and report to training camp next month? Will he hold out and continue to try to negotiate a long-term contract? Will he be a disgruntled, disruptive player all season if he ends up having to sign the tender?

All are fair questions.

The angst is legitimate, although the belief here is that Wallace will report to Latrobe on time. He has no other option. He also will have a great season, either because of his peace of mind with a new multi-year contract or because he is smart enough to realize he has to have a great season to get the big money next year as an unrestricted free agent.

But Wallace isn't the most significant man the Steelers need to re-sign this summer.

That would be coach Mike Tomlin.

Keeping Tomlin for the long haul is much more important to the team's future.

According to Steelers.com, Tomlin is signed through this season with a club option for 2013. Traditionally, this is the time when the team does a new deal with the coach. It seems likely there will be an announcement -- quietly, of course, with no fanfare -- of an extension for Tomlin before camp. But if it doesn't happen before the start of the season in September, it will be reason for great concern. Bill Cowher led the Steelers to a win in Super Bowl XL after the 2005 season but didn't get an extension that offseason when he had two years left on his contract. After coaching the team in '06, he was gone.

What a shame it would be if Tomlin left.

The Steelers and Tomlin belong together. The Rooneys love continuity with their coach. That's why they stuck with Cowher for 15 seasons and Chuck Noll for 23 seasons, even through hard times. Tomlin has done a fabulous job for the franchise in his first five seasons, leading the team to two Super Bowls, including a win in Super Bowl XLIII. Yes, the Steelers were Tebowed by the Denver Broncos as heavy favorites in the first round of the playoffs last season, but that sort of thing happens to the best of teams and coaches occasionally. Tomlin still deserves an extension with a big pay raise, based on his body of work. But it's a two-way street. Tomlin has to realize he's working for the best, most stable, most understanding owners in sports. He should want to do a new deal and stay here for a long time. Here's hoping that's exactly what happens.

There's just one thing that could end this happy marriage ...

No, not Todd Haley.

The way the Steelers handled their change of offensive coordinators this offseason was filled with intrigue. Bruce Arians was forced out by president Art Rooney II against Tomlin's wishes. Tomlin said it was his decision to hire Haley for the job. There's no reason not to believe him. By all accounts, Haley has worked hard to earn the trust of Tomlin, the other coaches and the players. Everyone seems excited about the new offense's potential. Even Ben Roethlisberger has gone days without complaining about its complexities.

Tomlin couldn't have liked the way Rooney stepped in to ditch Arians, but you know what they say about the boss. He's the boss for a reason. You have to live with that fact, no matter how much you might hate it at times. Certainly, in this case, it's not a reason for Tomlin to give up what many consider to be the best coaching job in sports.

Now money?

That might be a different story.

The top NFL coaches are making a fortune these days. New England's Bill Belichick heads the list at $7.5 million per season, according to the May issue of Forbes Magazine. That's as it should be. Belichick has led the Patriots to wins in three Super Bowls and losses in two others.

The New York Giants' Tom Coughlin approached Belichick money when he signed a new three-year contract earlier this month. That, too, is deserved. The Giants won Super Bowl XLVI in February, their second championship under Coughlin.

Tomlin, who is making $5.75 million a year, according to Forbes Magazine, deserves to be on the next tier of coaches. Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins, Jeff Fisher of the St. Louis Rams and Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks each make $7 million per year, the magazine reported. Shouldn't Tomlin be allowed in that very exclusive neighborhood? He's that good at what he does.

It will be interesting to see if the Rooneys pay that much for a coach. It's believed they didn't meet Cowher's price after that 2005 Super Bowl season, even though his exit was said to be for family reasons. He still might be coaching here if the team had stepped up to pay him.

As for Tomlin?

Letting him get away simply can't be an option.
Ron Cook: rcook@post-gazette.com. Ron Cook can be heard on the "Vinnie and Cook" show weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 93.7 The Fan.
First Published June 19, 2012 12:00 am

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Old 06-19-2012, 08:21 AM   #2
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Default Re: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin deserves to be on a higher pay tier.

The Steelers will pay him. Tomlin will be our coach for years to come.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:41 AM   #3
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Default Re: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin deserves to be on a higher pay tier.

Every coach listed there has a LONG career proving they can coach. All of them have shown the ability to win no matter what the personnel is. All of them have shown the ability to rebuild a team.

Not everything is black and white....or even black and gold


So far Tomlin has shown he can take a SB caliber team and produce an amazing amount of inconsistency. From winning a SB to losing the friggen Broncos in last years wildcard game....and even missing the playoffs once. Lets also not forget Tomlin's coaching staff... a staff that was built by the Steelers FO and Bill Cowher. This team was not built by Tomlin. He didn't build the personnel, he didn't install an offense or defense. He is seen as a manager of a top notch organization built to win a SB. The only way I see Tomlin winning any respect as an elite coach is he will have to win after Dick Lebeau leaves and maybe even Ben's departure. If he can rebuild this team and win a SB then he will get the respect Cowher got and even those other coaches mentioned in this article. Tomlin is not considered the leader of this organization or even the team by many people. It's strange but understandable given the situation.

2007 - didn't win a single playoff game

2008 - won the SB by beating the Cardinals

2009 - missed the playoffs

2010 - made it to the SB and lost to the packers

2011 - did not win a single playoff game


If this was the record of a coach who took over a bad team...he'd be looked at as a hero and probably would be one of the highest paid coaches in the game. Instead this makes Tomlin a good coach because he did what many expected from this team...some may have expected more? I personally do think you have to look at each season on it's own merits. I think Tomlin was exceptionally bad at times and exceptionally good at times. Last year IMO was one of the biggest failures by a steeler team in a long time. But beating the Cards in 2008 was great.... losing to the packers in 2010 was heart breaking but given the injuries I think we actually did a good job and that might be Tomlin's best job as a coach.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:50 AM   #4
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Default Re: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin deserves to be on a higher pay tier.

Ron Cook writing an article that is purely speculative and likely to raise the ire of Steelers fans so they buy some papers?? Shocking.

This guy should get a blog.
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Default Re: Steelers coach Mike Tomlin deserves to be on a higher pay tier.

I thought Tomlin already signed a new contract earlier this year. Did I imagine that? Man, I've got to stop sniffing glue.

As far as Tomlin's inconsistency, I don't know what to tell you. He wins football games and makes memorable seasons for us fans. Everything else - like appearing in two Super Bowls - is gravy. If you're not having fun watching his team, you should pick another team, because he ain't going anywhere for a while.

And yeah, Ron Cook is worthless.
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I thought Tomlin already signed a new contract earlier this year. Did I imagine that? Man, I've got to stop sniffing glue.

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Old 06-19-2012, 05:24 PM   #7
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Every coach listed there has a LONG career proving they can coach. All of them have shown the ability to win no matter what the personnel is. All of them have shown the ability to rebuild a team.

Not everything is black and white....or even black and gold


So far Tomlin has shown he can take a SB caliber team and produce an amazing amount of inconsistency. From winning a SB to losing the friggen Broncos in last years wildcard game....and even missing the playoffs once. Lets also not forget Tomlin's coaching staff... a staff that was built by the Steelers FO and Bill Cowher. This team was not built by Tomlin. He didn't build the personnel, he didn't install an offense or defense. He is seen as a manager of a top notch organization built to win a SB. The only way I see Tomlin winning any respect as an elite coach is he will have to win after Dick Lebeau leaves and maybe even Ben's departure. If he can rebuild this team and win a SB then he will get the respect Cowher got and even those other coaches mentioned in this article. Tomlin is not considered the leader of this organization or even the team by many people. It's strange but understandable given the situation.

2007 - didn't win a single playoff game

2008 - won the SB by beating the Cardinals

2009 - missed the playoffs

2010 - made it to the SB and lost to the packers

2011 - did not win a single playoff game


If this was the record of a coach who took over a bad team...he'd be looked at as a hero and probably would be one of the highest paid coaches in the game. Instead this makes Tomlin a good coach because he did what many expected from this team...some may have expected more? I personally do think you have to look at each season on it's own merits. I think Tomlin was exceptionally bad at times and exceptionally good at times. Last year IMO was one of the biggest failures by a steeler team in a long time. But beating the Cards in 2008 was great.... losing to the packers in 2010 was heart breaking but given the injuries I think we actually did a good job and that might be Tomlin's best job as a coach.

I think you're being a little tough on the guy. Few have managed a first 5 seasons as good as Tomlin's.
1 SB win
2 AFC titles
4 playoff seasons
0 losing or .500 seasons.

He also took over a team that was 8-8 in Cowher's last year.
As far as having a coach that has to prove himself once Lebeau or Ben leaves, I don't know.

So Tomlin's got Ben who's been a top 4-7 QB for most of his career. Show me a coach who's won more that doesn't have a really good QB. You could argue, Tomlin's doing better than 2 of the highest paid coaches on the list.
Belichick has Brady and Shanahan hasn't won squat since Elway and I don't think most would put Ben ahead of either of those QB's.

If Belichick is so great why did he get bounced as a heavy favorite at home 2 years in a row in the playoffs. Because in the NFL it happens. It's one game. And in the playoffs it's probably against a pretty good team.

I don't put the Broncos on Tomlin. You could argue that was more Lebeau's fault than Tomlin's. If your all world D coordinator wants to pressure a young QB into mistakes and he beats you, whose fault is that? I blame that loss more on mounting injuries anyway.

The guy is 55-25 in the regular season and 5-3 in the playoffs. That winning % rank with the greatest of all time. I don't see how he doesn't deserve to be paid equal to the likes of Jeff Fisher, Pete Carroll, or Shanahan. Hopefully he sees the value in staying with an organization that won't fire him the first time he goes 6-10 and hopefully the Steelers see that he is a pretty good fit for them and that the coaching consistency factor has worked pretty well over the last 40 years. Get a deal done around $6-7M and everybody should be happy.
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Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin All But Assured of Extension

by Neal Coolong on Jun 19, 2012


Post Gazette columnist Ron Cook gives us a bit of Chicken Little in his recent piece regarding Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's contract situation.

Per Steelers.com, Tomlin is signed through this season with a club option for 2013.

Loosely translated, the "club option" means the team can remove Tomlin after this season if they choose. Cook's point is mostly to point out what a shame it would be if the Steelers let Tomlin go.

It's also exactly why the San Diego Padres have a better chance of winning next year's Stanley Cup than Tomlin moving on next season.

Cook points out it's likely Tomlin will get an extension around training camp, likely without his own personal announcement via Twitter or Facebook or whatever relevant social media outlet he enjoys (if any). The correlation between Tomlin and former Steelers coach Bill Cowher will probably never fully go away, and the fact Cowher entered the 2006 season without having signed an extension is worthy of mention here. However, since 2007, only two other coaches have won two conference championship games - Giants coach Tom Coughlin and Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Coughlin received an extension earlier this month, and Belichick's last extension was done in 2007, keeping him in place through 2013.

Tomlin's last extension came in 2010, a two year extension of his previous deal, and since teams rarely have coaches work into the final year of their contract, expect an extension in the near future. With Coughlin's deal reportedly worth somewhere in the ballpark of $20 million over three seasons, Tomlin's deal should be around that mark.

Tomlin replaced Cowher in 2007 after serving as the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings in 2006. He's 31-17 in the regular season and 6-3 in the playoffs. That mark includes 2-0 in the AFC Championship and 1-1 in the Super Bowl.

This season is looked upon as "Tomlin's" team in many ways. The nucleus of players who were drafted and arrived in Pittsburgh via free agency under Cowher are mostly gone now, and his first few noted drafted players - LBs Lawrence Timmons and LaMarr Woodley, DE Ziggy Hood and C Maurkice Pouncey are looked upon as savvy veterans now.

Tomlin shed the trend of Steelers teams dipping off the season after reaching the Super Bowl with a 12-4 mark last year, but a first-round playoff loss at Denver left many dissatisfied with the year as a whole. This year's team appears just as strong as any have been in Tomlin's regime, and looks on the brink of contention in the AFC.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com...ract-extension
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I think Tonlin is a great coach. GREAT.

He was one drive away from winning two SuperBowls in his first four years. He has been to the play-offs four out of five seasons. And, he has yet to have an 8-8 season (let alone a losing season).

Some will say that he is merely winning with "Cowher's players." Eh...there is a tad of truth to that, although just having the players doesn't immediately translate into winning a championship. One still has to COACH those players (which he did/does). And, Cowher inherited Rod Woodson, Greg Lloyd, Dermontti Dawson... Also, since Cowher has left, aside from the 2008 draft, Tomlin has had four really good drafts. Lastly, Cowher never won until he had BR (do that argument is null). Simply, I see Tomlin just as (if not better) than Cowher.

I see Tomlin not necessarily "underpaid" ( as this article is insinuating), but the time for a raise is here...and a raise he'll get ($6.5-$6.8 million).
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I think Tonlin is a great coach. GREAT.

Some will say that he is merely winning with "Cowher's players."

yeah, well Bill Cowher only won one Super Bowl in 15 seasons with his players so I would say Tomlin is already ahead of the curve.
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