Steelers fans expect nothing less than a playoff run, so missing the postseason in 2012 and starting 0-4 in 2013 was certainly not good enough.
That being said, here are five reasons why Mike Tomlin will be the coach for the Steelers for years to come.
Contrary to what most people say about the Steelers’ roster, it actually has a lot of young talent on both sides of the ball.
An 0-4 start makes everyone on the roster look bad, and deservedly so, but that doesn’t mean the team is devoid of talent.
Just look at all of the rookies contributing in 2013 in Le’Veon Bell, Jarvis Jones, Shamarko Thomas and Vince Williams. That doesn’t even include young players like Antonio Brown, Cameron Heyward, David DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey when healthy and Cortez Allen just to name a few.
If the team was just falling apart, you could sit there and question whether or not they could decide to make a change but this team is set up for the future.
Regardless of the talent on the roster, if a team doesn’t have a competent quarterback, they’re going nowhere fast.
For whatever reason, Ben Roethlisberger is never talked about in any elite quarterback conversation but he deserves to be.
As long as Ben is on the field, the Steelers will always have a chance to win the game, which is directly tied to the head coach.
Mike Tomlin doesn’t have to worry about the most important position on the field for years until Ben decides to retire.
Though in the introduction I talked about Mike Tomlin getting some heat because of the rough start to the season, most fans still love him.
Normally whenever I have seen an article criticizing Tomlin even a little bit, there are tons of people throwing vitriol at the writer for even having the thought.
I’m not going to act like a coach’s career is really tied to whether or not the fans like him but it certainly helps.
Steelers fans may not be able to relate because the team is never really bad for that long, however, look at teams that lose all the time and tell me that when the fans hate the coach the owner isn’t cognizant of it.
These last two slides are the real reasons why Tomlin is safe as the head coach and a huge part of it is the success he has had in his career.
Tomlin is in his seventh year as coach of the Steelers and he has made the playoffs in four of those seasons with 65 regular season wins.
Even if the Steelers finish 8-8 in 2013, Tomlin would have an average of 10 wins per season which normally will have you at least in the playoff hunt.
2012 and the start of 2013 have been disappointing to say the least yet that doesn’t erase a great coaching career by Tomlin.
Statistics from Pro-football-reference.com
Honestly, this is the only real reason that matters because regardless of wins and losses, if the owner doesn’t have faith in the coach, he won’t be coaching long.
It has been well documented that the Steelers have only had three coaches since 1969: Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin.
The Rooneys are not rattled by what other people think and they know that continuity breeds winning in the game of football.
2013 would be Tomlin’s first losing season, if in fact the team is not able to make a push in the last half of the year.
Additionally, there has been nothing done or said that indicates that the Rooneys would even think about going a different direction any time soon.