Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is first in NFL history to start career with 15 straight non-losing seasons

Give Mike Tomlin the respect (and salary) he deserves.

Give Mike Tomlin the respect (and salary) he deserves.
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If Mike Tomlin were white, he’d be on NFL coaches’ Mount Rushmore and wouldn’t be objectionable.

For nearly two decades, he’s survived in a league that has consistently shown he doesn’t want men like him in positions of power, he’s been to two Super Bowls, and he’s the youngest coach in NFL history raise the Lombardi Trophy.

However, the thing that sets Tomlin apart from his peers is his consistency. Despite the freedom of agency, increased pay limits, and playing in a league designed to create equality, the Steelers were never a bad football team during Tomlin’s tenure. Due to Monday night’s 26-14 win over the Browns, Tomlin has ensured that for the 15th consecutive year he will finish the season with a record of at least 0,500, something no other manager in NFL history has done to start his career. .

“Not like I’m sitting here today, and I say it humbly”, Tomlin said Tuesday when asked about the meaning of achieving the mark. “Our agenda this year is to get in [the] knockout tournament and then pit our skills against others in that knockout tournament in an effort to win the world championship. This is our mentality every year.

“And so with that mindset, it’s just some hardware that you expect to pick up along the way. And if you don’t, you will be seriously disappointed. This is just an expectation we have here in Pittsburgh. “

To reach the playoffs, the Steelers need a few things on their way, including a win over the Ravens on Sunday, along with a Jaguars win over the Colts, and that the Chargers / Raiders game doesn’t end in a draw. Dependent on Jacksonville is what will likely keep Tomlin from his 10th post-season appearance in 15 years. Yet despite everything he’s accomplished, Tomlin is consistently disrespected, as he was when he was asked about the USC job last fall. Only blacks are expected to be excited about potential jobs that will turn out to be a side move or demotion.

“Someone asked Sean Payton, you know? Has anyone asked Andy Reid about things like that? ”Tomlin asked.

The reason Tomlin mentioned those Super Bowl-winning white coaches is because he’s better than them, yet they don’t have to face trivial questions and speculation about college jobs that are below them the way he does. In total, Tomlin is 153-85-2 for a win rate of 0.642. In comparison, Payton’s winning PCT. Is .629, while Reid’s is .632. And in case you’re wondering, Reid has three losing seasons on his resume and Payton has four. Tomlino? Nobody. And unlike Reid and Payton, Tomlin doesn’t get media attention as much as the other coaches in the league despite having a better track record. You won’t find it in too many national commercials like pitch man.

And then there are the useless shots that Tomlin has taken over the years from people like ex Steeler Terry Bradshaw, who once said that Tomlin “he wasn’t his type of coachAnd referred to him as a cheerleader.

“I think he’s not just a great black coach, he’s a great coach”, Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward said in 2020. “It’s one thing to be the most successful black manager of all time, but this guy deserves more than enough credit. To never have a losing season, to get the most out of his players. They aren’t just the first to play big here. He had the fifth [round], sixth, unselected guys who did well.

“I know a lot of people like to say he inherited a great team, but think of other people who inherited great teams. Think of the basketball teams that Phil Jackson would have taken over. It’s not a blow to him, but when you’re able to lead a group of men and lead them the right way, that says a lot about the kind of coach you are. “

When the state of Michigan signed Mel Tucker on a $ 95 million 10-year contract in November, it made him the highest paid black coach in American sports – which is a turning point. And while Tomlin is the highest-paid black manager in the NFL earning $ 8 million a year, it’s ridiculous that anyone other than Bill Belichick – $ 12.5 million – earns more than him a year, as Pete Carroll brings home $ 11 million while Payton is at $ 9.8 million.

(whispers) Pete Carroll has four losing seasons in his career. It’s time for Pittsburgh to cut the check and start paying Mike Tomlin like he’s a white man.


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