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Report: ‘Very Real’ That Mike Tomlin Was Considering Other Options Last Season

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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin

Fox Sports analyst Jay Glazer sparked speculation late last season that Mike Tomlin could walk away from the Pittsburgh Steelers after the season. He even mentioned that Tomlin could be traded to the Washington Commanders, tying in the fact that Tomlin’s from Virginia and grew up watching the Washington Redskins.

Glazer is close friends with Tomlin, so it appeared that the rumor had some credibility. Tomlin was also heading into the final year of his contract. Of course, Glazer’s speculation didn’t come to fruition as the Steelers confirmed shortly after the season that Tomlin would be back. On Monday, the club inked a three-year contract extension with Tomlin, securing that he’ll be in Pittsburgh through 2027.

Tomlin will remain in Pittsburgh for the next few years, but Glazer wasn’t the only one that was hearing things about Tomlin. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk stated on PFT Live that it was “very real” that Tomlin was considering other opportunities since he was heading into a lame duck year.

“This is something that was toward the end of the season as the Steelers were struggling and their offense was crap. It was very real that Tomlin was considering options both now and after the season,” Florio said. “And for the first time in his tenure as Steelers head coach, he was entering into what would’ve been lame duck season, and it gave him the ability to think differently than he ever has.”

The Steelers have had only three head coaches since 1969 — Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and Tomlin. It’s the fewest head coaches among active NFL franchises during that span. The Rooneys value consistency and stability. The Steelers wanted Tomlin back and vice versa. The two sides were able to work out a deal, and Tomlin is now one of the highest-paid head coaches in the NFL.

“He wanted to be back, he wanted to be in Pittsburgh,” Ian Rapoport of NFL Network said of Tomlin during an appearance on KOA Sports with Big Al and JoJo on Monday. “It’s a great organization. Obviously the familiarity is good. But I think his sort of belief in the organization is really strong as well. He goes back, among the highest-paid coaches in NFL history. Which is not a surprise, I don’t think. It’s not just that because with money comes kind of his value to the organization. And I believe they compensated him well for that as well.”

 

 

 

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