The Pittsburgh Steelers decided to extend the Mike Tomlin Experience through 2020 on Friday.
Tomlin, who was already inked through the 2019 season, will get another chance to attempt to lead the Steelers back to the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh’s last Super Sunday appearance came in February 2011 – a 31-25 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Regarded as one of the league’s top coaches, Tomlin has a Super Bowl victory to his credit. He led Pittsburgh to a Super Bowl XLIII win over newly-minted Hall of Famer Kurt Warner’s Arizona Cardinals in February 2009.
However, another Lombardi has proven elusive for Tomlin and company. Following their loss to the Packers, Pittsburgh has seen Baltimore, Denver, and New England win a total of four Super Bowls.
Even though their success hasn’t equated into Super Bowls lately, Tomlin’s re-signing is notable because of the frequency of Steelers head coaching moves.
Since 1969, the Steelers have employed THREE head coaches. That’s right, three. Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher, and Tomlin are the only three gentlemen to coach the Steelers for nearly the last five decades .
By comparison, New England, Dallas, and San Francisco – the three franchises with five Super Bowl wins nipping at Pittsburgh’s six victories – have enjoyed far less success in the coaching ranks.
The Patriots, who toiled on and off for decades in irrelevancy since ’69, lead the pack with 15 different coaches. The 49ers follow with 14 while the Cowboys have just eight different head coaches over that span.
For those who aren’t skilled at math, that’s 37 different head coaches compared to Pittsburgh’s trio.
That’s highly impressive. Whether fans love or hate the Steelers, their model of consistency is admirable.