Student Advisory Board Member
Back in December towards the end of the NFL regular season, Hall-Of- Fame Quarterback and Pittsburgh Steeler great Terry Bradshaw spoke out publically about how he thinks current Steeler Head Coach Mike Tomlin is a great cheerleader but not a great coach at all. He continued to say he doesn't even consider him when thinking about great coaches in the NFL. Bradshaw quickly took back his words and said he meant to call Tomlin a "great" motivator.
Now Bradshaw comments brought up a great debate if Tomlin was actually a good coach or a product of what he "inherited". Tomlin became the Head Coach of the Steelers back in 2007 after serving one year as defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings. Bill Cowher had resigned as head coach to spend more time with his family was just a year removed from the Super Bowl.
Tomlin quickly became a household name around the NFL for his youthfulness, swagger, sunglass, and attitude. Which eventually lead him to win Super Bowl 43 and was a drive short of winning Super Bowl 45. But the argument always is that Tomlin who that Super Bowl with Cowher's players and coaches. Only 23 players were on both Super Bowl teams and the coaching staffs did change.
Tomlin and Cowher have a similar track record just based off of their first 10 season in the NFL. Both have made the playoffs 7 out of 10 of those years. Both appeared in a Super Bowl, granted Tomlin won his and Cowher didn't. But here is where Tomlin being considered the best can benefit him. Tomlin won his first Super Bowl he appeared in and went to another. Tomlin also won 8 playoff games in his first 10 season to Cowher's 6 that he won in his first 10 seasons. Tomlin also has not once had a losing season while Cowher had 3 losing seasons.
Also when you consider other coaches in the league besides Bill Belichick who is no doubt the best coach in NFL the question becomes who is 2nd. Based off of Super Bowl Appearances it would be between Tomlin and Pete Carroll of Seattle. If you base it off what players would prefer a lot have said that they would love to play for Mike Tomlin. Tomlin is no doubt a top 5 coach but the argument could be made that he is a top 2 or 3 NFL coach.
Think about it like this if the Steelers did fire him (which they won't) how long will he be looking for a job? Or better yet how much would a team improve if Tomlin was their coach besides for New England? If my team picked him up I would guarantee we would have at least 9 wins. But that is how good he is. He has the potential to be even bigger than what he already is and the scary thing is he is only 44.
I was hoping that the Steelers would win the Super Bowl this year just so Tomlin could stare Bradshaw in the eye and say something about how he is a big cheerleader for the Steelers.