Mike Tomlin has the 12th-best odds to be the first NFL head coach fired in the 2022 season, according to odds posted on Tuesday by BetOnline.com, proving that there is indeed a bet for every sucker.
Tomlin has 16/1 odds to be fired first. He signed a three-year contract extension last spring that will run through the end of the 2024 season. The Steelers haven’t fired a coach since 1968.
Tomlin is the second-winningest coach in Steelers history in terms of victories, trailing only Chuck Noll, and he is the best coach in club history by winning percentage. Tomlin has never had a losing season and has made the playoffs 10 times in 15 seasons.
The idea that Tomlin could not only fired this season at any point, but be the first coach fired this season is completely asinine, but he’s right there at 16/1 alongside Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh (who is also not getting fired).
The clubhouse leader to get the first axe is Carolina Panthers bench boss Matt Rhule at 3/1, followed by Dallas Cowboys coach and Pittsburgh native Mike McCarthy at 5/1. Pete Carroll (6/1), Frank Reich (7/1), Ron Rivera (8/1), Dan Campbell and Kevin Stefanski (10/1), Kliff Kingsbury and Mike Vrabel (12/1), Arthur Smith and Robert Saleh (14/1) all also have shorter odds of being the first coach canned than Tomlin.
But don’t let that distract you from the fact that you can lose as much money as you want betting on Mike Tomlin to be the first coach fired at 16/1 odds.
Oh, and by the way, Tomlin also has the fifth-best odds to be NFL Coach of the Year.