The Pittsburgh Steelers are a model of stability in the NFL.
Since 1969, the franchise has had just three head coaches.
Chuck Noll won four titles in the 1970s with the Steel Curtain defense and retired in 1991.
Bill Cowher took over and won Super Bowl XL before retiring.
Bill Cowher on LIVE TV finds out he has made this years Hall Of Fame Class of 2020!! His reaction pic.twitter.com/3pYZ7pjvcf
— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) January 12, 2020
In 2007, Mike Tomlin took over and also won Super Bowl XLII.
But after 15 seasons at the helm, some Steelers fans think that it’s time for him to go.
Some may believe he has done everything he could for Pittsburgh and that a new coach in charge would revitalize the team’s fortunes.
However, firing Tomlin will be the worst decision the Steelers can make.
— DJ (@steelers_n6tion) November 5, 2021
He is still the best person for the job because of the following reasons.
3. Never Had A Losing Season
Tomlin has three 8-8 seasons throughout his head coaching tenure.
That’s the worst record he has had in close to 20 years of mentoring the Steelers.
It’s hard to match that model of consistency, primarily because of the quick turnover rate of players in the league.
Regardless of who suited up, he found a way to win despite unique challenges every week.
Put some RESPECT on Mike Tomlin’s name.
— Maurice Moton (@MoeMoton) April 20, 2021
Furthermore, he has missed the postseason only five times and made the AFC Championship Game three times.
He also led the Steelers to two Super Bowl appearances.
There’s no guarantee that a new coach will do better than his impressive run with Pittsburgh.
Therefore, it’s not yet time for a replacement, and another team would quickly sign him if the Rooneys let him go.
2. He Relates To His Players
Tomlin is just 49 years old, which is fairly young for an NFL head coach despite his lengthy coaching career.
He’s not that far off from his players, and he understands their tendencies and antics.
During an interview at The Pat McAfee Show, Tomlin admitted that he keeps himself updated with the latest trends by doing some research and asking his 20-year-old son.
Having a coach that knows how his players think will get his message across more effectively.
Here’s a video of Mike Tomlin watching his guys warm up and get ready for kickoff last night. He was feeling the music pic.twitter.com/7zqn5nN0CX
— Bryce (@the412kid_) November 10, 2021
He knows how to communicate with his team without losing them in translation.
He can also have a light conversation about their interests.
That level of connection puts him on the same page with his players.
Perhaps this advantage is Tomlin’s hidden secret in clinching winning seasons.
1. The Steelers Are Still Doing Well
At the start of the season, it looked like the Steelers might struggle this year.
However, they are at 5-3 and have a shot at the AFC North title.
Their wins may not look convincing, but they get things done.
Their offense is pushing the right buttons while their defense has been lights out by the tail end of the first half.
Special mention goes to their young offensive line, which constantly improves with each passing game.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) November 9, 2021
It’s not apparent that the Steelers are on a four-game win streak after beating the Chicago Bears.
But that’s the current longest streak in their division and second-longest in the AFC behind the Tennessee Titans.
Pittsburgh needs four wins out of nine remaining games to secure another winning season for Tomlin.
If he achieves that feat, is it really time to give a coach with 150 career wins and counting the pink slip?
What the Steelers need are roster adjustments, not a revamp of the coaching staff.