The NFL is a funny business in that if your team does not make the playoffs, regardless of past success, the media would like to put you on the hot seat for losing your job in the offseason.
This year, the big name being pitched by the media is Mike Tomlin, the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
At 9-7, Tomlin is now assured of his 17th straight winning season, even though Pittsburgh is out of the playoffs barring a tie between the Texans and Colts on Saturday, with the Steelers still needing to get past Baltimore (both Indy and Houston currently hold the tiebreakers over Pittsburgh with identical 9-7 records).
Just Stop It
During Tomlin’s time as head coach, the Steelers have been to the Super Bowl twice, winning it all in 2008, Tomlin’s second year as head coach.
Since then, the Steelers have missed the playoffs only six times, with this season likely making it seven. The team’s last playoff win was in 2016 when they made it to the Conference Championship round.
Now, people are looking back and starting to wonder if Tomlin’s success had more to do with the team that Bill Cowher put together. But that would still not explain how Tomlin has never had a losing season in his entire career.
During the most recent “New Heights” podcast with his brother Jason Kelce, who plays center for the Philadelphia Eagles, Travis Kelce tried to pour water on the idea that the Steelers would move on.
He stated, "The media’s so dumb. Why do we do the media? Bunch of jacka--es. Just a bunch of jacka--es. Just out here talking f---ing nonsense.
“One of the best coaches the NFL’s ever even seen, about to possibly get his 17th consecutive non-losing season. Jesus Christ."
Tomlin has a lifetime 172-100-2 record, and he has had some seasons that were on the brink, but his teams never quit on him and regardless of the slow starts, they finished strong and at least finished the season .500.
The idea of the Steelers firing Tomlin is ridiculous and trust me, if Tomlin goes on the market, he will be jobless for about two seconds before another team snatches him.