Mike Tomlin’s job is safe for 2014
The Pittsburgh Steelers are going through one of the roughest seasons in recent memory in 2013, sitting at 3-6 and in last place in the AFC North. Coming off a 2012 campaign where they started 6-3 but finished 8-8, disappointment is heavy in the Steel City. An organization with unmatched success since the merger isn’t used to losing, and two subpar seasons in a row usually means some sort of fire sale is in the works.
In a very demanding NFL, it is often times the head coach who takes the brunt of the criticism, and they are sometimes even fired without a second thought. According to a report from NFL.com, however, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin doesn’t have to worry about job security – at least until after 2014.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday’s edition of NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access Kickoff” that Tomlin is “safe for the 2014 season.”
In a “what have you done for me lately” league, Tomlin is on pace for his first losing season to go with four AFC North crowns and a pair of Super Bowl appearances in seven years. He deserves the long leash customarily provided by the stable Rooney family at the head of the organization.
I personally am not sure how trustworthy Ian Rapoport’s reporting is, given that he reported last week that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will seek a trade in the offseason – after which the Rooney’s, Roethlisberger’s agent, and Roethlisberger himself scoffed at the notion and said the report was totally false. Either way, I think it’s fair to let Mike Tomlin have a chance to correct the ship after having so much success during his tenure.
The Steelers will look to improve to 4-6 this Sunday at Heinz Field, when they take on Calvin Johnson and the 6-3 Detroit Lions