Steelers to discuss Mike Tomlin’s contract before 2021 season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to discuss a contract extension with head coach Mike Tomlin this off-season. He is signed through the 2021 season.

While his deal is up at the end of this upcoming season, the Steelers do have an option included in his deal. If the option is exercised, it’ll cover the 2022 season.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin celebrates a win over the Cincinnati Bengals
Mike Tomlin celebrates a win over the Cincinnati Bengals (Getty Images)

“We’ll address Mike’s contract with him as time goes on this off-season,” President Art Rooney said in an interview with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I feel comfortable in saying he’ll be our coach into the future.”

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Tomlin has led the Steelers the past 14 seasons. He was hired by the team before the 2007 season after he spent one season as the Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator.

Since he took over as the leader of the team, the Steelers have gone 145-78-1.
The team has not had a losing season since he took over.

This past season, Tomlin guided the team to a 12-4 record. While they started the season with an 11-0 record, something happened, as the team went 1-4 in the final five weeks of the season.

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The Steelers made the playoffs for the first time since the 2017 season. In the Wild Card Round of the playoffs, Pittsburgh was dominated by the Cleveland Browns, who were without their head coach and several players due to the coronavirus.

The Browns won 48-37 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers had five turnovers in the game, including four interceptions by Ben Roethlisberger.

“It’s hard to analyze what we did there in terms of turning the ball over that way. You’re not going to win very many games,” Rooney II said Thursday. “I don’t see how you attribute that to coaching preparation. I think the team went into that game prepared and felt like we were going to win.

“It wasn’t one of those things where we came out flat or anything like that. You just can’t turn the ball over.”

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