Steelers’ Mike Tomlin in Stunning Spot on ‘High Head Coaches’ Checklist

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin wearing a headset


Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has by no means had a shedding season in 13 years teaching the crew. He has posted a profession file of 133-74-1 and has led the Steelers to 2 Tremendous Bowl appearances, together with a dramatic victory in Tremendous Bowl XLIII, a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals that nonetheless will get Santonio Holmes emotional.

And final 12 months was maybe his most spectacular teaching job up to now, as he misplaced franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger to a season-ending elbow harm in week two, but nonetheless led the Steelers to a .500 file. This regardless of the truth that Pittsburgh performed half of final season with Devlin ‘Duck’ Hodges at quarterback, not merely a rookie undrafted free agent, however a rookie UDFA who was signed for simply $1,000—that’s proper, one-thousand-dollars—after a late-spring tryout.

Positive, Hodges performed higher than anybody had a proper to count on, however his limitations had been apparent. And when Hodges wasn’t enjoying QB, it was second-year man Mason Rudolph, who didn’t carry out a lot better than Hodges, all of which explains why Pittsburgh’s backup quarterback scenario stays one of many ‘largest roster holes’ within the NFL.

Mike Tomlin No. 7 on CBS Sports activities HQ’s Checklist

All that stated, it’s a little bit of a shock that Sean Wagner McGough has Mike Tomlin as little as seventh on his rating of the High 10 Coaches for the 2020 Season, instantly behind Kyle Shanahan (San Francisco 49ers) and Sean McVay (Los Angeles Rams).

Bryant McFadden: Mike Tomlin Not in High 5 is ‘Absurd’

For one, CBS Sports activities HQ NFL Analyst Bryant McFadden—a former Steelers cornerback who performed for Tomlin between 2007-08 and 2010-11—took concern with the low rating:

“Mike Tomlin not within the prime 5 is absurd for me,” McFadden stated, highlighting how Tomlin has a greater profitable share than three of the top coaches within the prime 5, referring to Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints), John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens) and the aforementioned Shanahan.

McFadden additionally factors out that Tomlin has received a Tremendous Bowl, which Shanahan has not.

However what McFadden actually appreciates is Tomlin’s consistency, noting that “simply this previous season, guys, he tied the late, nice Don Shula for 13 straight seasons and not using a shedding season. That’s spectacular. That tells you ways constant he has been.”

Higher but, if Tomlin has a non-losing season this 12 months, he’ll tie Marty Schottenheimer for the NFL head coach with the longest stretch of non-losing seasons in NFL historical past. Schottenheimer set that file with the Cleveland Browns and Kansas Metropolis Chiefs between 1984 and 1997.

Tomlin’s greatest common season file got here in 2017, when the Steelers went 13-3. His groups have completed 8-Eight 3 times, in 2012, 2013, and 2019.

He led the Steelers to victory in Tremendous Bowl XLIII in February 2009, however Pittsburgh misplaced Tremendous Bowl XLV to the Inexperienced Bay Packers, 31-25, in February 2011.

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