- The Pittsburgh Steelers finished the 2018 NFL season 9-6-1 and missed the playoffs
- The Steelers lost four of their last six games
- Regardless, BetOnline is offering a prop bet favoring Mike Tomlin to return in 2019 as Pittsburgh’s head coach
Here’s why it’s good to be Mike Tomlin: since 1969, there have been nine Presidents of the United States, five Roman Catholic Popes, and three head coaches of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
When you think about it, being Pope and being coach of the Steelers are quite similar. There are only two ways you can lose your job – retire or die.
Chuck Noll was on the job from 1969-91, winning four Super Bowls. Bill Cowher followed from 1992-2006, also winning a Super Bowl. And Tomlin has been at the helm since 2007, also winning a Super Bowl.
No wonder that even though the Steelers spit the bit down the stretch and coughed up the AFC North title to the Baltimore Ravens, BetOnline favors Tomlin to be retained as coach of Pittsburgh’s NFL squad.
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The last Steelers head coach to be fired was Bill Austin following a 2-11-1 season in 1968.
History Is On Tomlin’s Side
The Steelers are a team that doesn’t like to inflict dramatic change.
They were still relying on trap plays to move the ball when everyone else was jumping aboard the West Coast Offense train. No wonder then that few see it likely that Tomlin will be dismissed.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) January 3, 2019
Tomlin is one of six current NFL head coaches to lead his team to a Super Bowl triumph. Prior to 2018, he’d made the playoffs the four previous seasons and in eight of his 12 seasons in charge.
He’s 123-64-1 all-time.
That Being Said, 2018 Was A Mess
There was plenty of turmoil to go around in Pittsburgh this season.
Running back Le’Veon Bell sat out the season in a contract dispute. Wide receiver Antonio Brown feuded with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and went public to air his grievances.
Many lay the blame for these issues at Tomlin’s feet.
There's no more gray area. The #Steelers should have been better with Mike Tomlin as coach.
— Tribune-ReviewSports (@TribSports) January 4, 2019
Though you can bet on him being retained, Tomlin will clearly start 2019 on the clock. Remember, the Green Bay Packers had never fired a coach in-season until they dismissed Mike McCarthy this season.
If things don’t change in Pittsburgh, count on 2019 being Tomlin’s last kick at the can.