What's Next for Mike Tomlin?

John St.JohnContributor IJanuary 21, 2009

WHAT'S NEXT FOR MIKE TOMLIN??? Future in Pittsburgh?

In 2007, Tomlin took the Rookie Head Coaching Job for the AFC Pittsburgh Steelers. Although, with some passion, dedication, and hard work, Tomlin got the Steel City Team to a Wild Card spot in the Postseason.

His first time in the NFL Playoffs at Heinz Field in the wild-card round, one object stood in his way on this night. That object was a young hot wild-card team as well in the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In what was a huge advantage on Pittsburgh and Mike Tomlin, the Steelers could not overcome the odds and lost in the first round to the Jaguars ending their Season. But one has to wonder on the playcalling that Head Coach Mike Tomlin made in the game.

Every time Roethlisberger or the Steelers made a TD, Tomlin would make calls of going for two. Although the Team didn't get most of the two-point conversions, it always tended to backfire on the young Coach.

At the start of 2008 however it was a different story for Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers ending the Regular Season with a 12-4 Record, Clinching the AFC North and home-field advantage for the Division Playoffs.

If that wasn't good enough, Tomlin's Steelers also had a Bye Week.

It appears that Tomlin, now with a Year under his belt had learn from his past mistakes in the Division Playoffs at Home against Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers.

On this cold night at Home, Tomlin with the right calls sent Pittsburgh to the AFC Championship Game the next week to face Young Rookie Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens again in Heinz Field.

Tomlin made some good calls, it came down to a battle of who wanted it more and in this case it was the Pittsburgh Steelers heading to Super Bowl 43 with Coach Mike Tomlin as a 2-1 Playoff Record. The question is, what the Super Bowl holds or even what does the 2009 season hold for Mike Tomlin?