NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s contract extension makes him among the top 3-5 highest-paid coaches in the league.
He and “Big Ben” Roethlisberger have shared one of the better coach/quarterback combinations in recent memory because like his quarter, Tomlin has had to work through his share of struggles as the head coach. By winning the Super Bowl in his second season as a head coach, he became the fastest coach to win a Super Bowl title in Steelers’ history.
The Steelers will be in the thick of things again in 2015 for the playoff hunt and will attempt to stage off the Bengals, Ravens and Browns again en route to possibly another Super Bowl run.
As we await the final details of his contract, I think it is pretty fair to say that Mike Tomlin is a classy coach and has certainly earned himself an extension.
“I very much appreciate this contract extension, but my sole focus has been and will continue to be meeting the challenges that lie ahead for the 2015 season”, Tomlin said in the release. The 43-year-old coach has been coach of the Steelers since 2007. Something that isn’t unfamiliar in Pittsburgh, as they have had one of the most consistent franchises in many years. Chuck Noll was with the franchise from 1969 to 1991. That was broken in 2006 when they could not come to terms with Bill Cowher, who resigned after that season with one year left on his contract with the Steelers. It looks that number will stay the same for some time now.
Tomlin will have to overcome Bell’s three-game suspension to start the season, but if he is able to do that and use his defensive expertise to take Pittsburgh’s defense from the middle of the pack to the top 10, then the Steel City could be celebrating its seventh Super Bowl title in the near future.