The Pittsburgh Steelers reaffirmed their commitment to Mike Tomlin on Tuesday, announcing the head coach has signed a three-year contract extension to remain with the team through the 2024 season.
Steelers president Art Rooney II said the following: “Mike is one of the most successful head coaches in the National Football League, and we are confident in his leadership to continue to lead our team as we work to win another championship.”
Pittsburgh is celebrated for its steadfast loyalty to head coaches. Since Chuck Noll took over in 1969, the Steelers have only had him, Bill Cowher and Tomlin at the helm.
Tomlin’s tenure began in 2007, and he’s compiled a 145-78-1 regular-season record, with an 8-8 postseason mark that includes a victory in Super Bowl XLIII.
After making the Super Bowl again but falling short following the 2010 campaign, though, Tomlin has led Pittsburgh past the AFC Divisional Round just once since then.
It appeared as though Tomlin had the Steelers back on track following an 11-0 start to 2020, yet the team collapsed down the stretch to finish 12-4 and went one-and-done in the playoffs at the hands of the Cleveland Browns on Wild Card Weekend.
Nevertheless, it’s clear Pittsburgh sees a bright future with Tomlin, who’s still just 49 years old. He’ll be tasked with reshaping the franchise once the era of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger likely ends after 2021.
Tomlin expressed gratitude for the contract extension, and “couldn’t be more enthusiastic” about this next season, per the Steelers’ news release.