Updated: Apr 7
Mike Tomlin is heading into his 15th season with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2021. His overall record is 153 wins, 86 losses, and 1 tie. Tomlin has won 8 playoff games heading into his 15th season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tomlin did win one Super Bowl with the Steelers early on in his career, but he has failed to find success in the last decade in the playoffs. The Steelers have won only 3 playoff games since 2011. That last statistic is not a good one for Mike Tomlin.
Bleacher Report recently wrote an article Gauging how hot every NFL Coach's seat is heading into the 2021 season and they feel Mike Tomlin's seat is warm.
Here is what Bleacher Report wrote about Mike Tomlin: "It is tough to picture the Steelers without Tomlin calling the shots, given that he's been in that role since 2007 and is the third-longest tenured head coach in the NFL. Tomlin has been quite successful during his time in Pittsburgh, compiling a 153-86-1 record (including playoffs) and winning one Super Bowl, getting to another, claiming seven AFC North titles, and making nine postseason appearances. It has now been more than a decade since the Steelers last made a Super Bowl, however, and they have made just one playoff trip—resulting in a Wild Card Round exit to the rival Browns last season—in the past three campaigns. The Steelers have a great chance at getting back to the playoffs following a 12-4 showing in 2020, especially with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returning for the 18th season and taking a pay cut to facilitate that goal. If Pittsburgh can get to the playoffs and make some noise, Tomlin should keep his job, but if the club falls short or suffers another opening-round exit, expect the crowd calling for his job to get much louder."
Tomlin definitely should have to start answering to his playoff troubles, but I doubt Art Rooney II would question him at this point. To be fair Tomlin has not had a losing regular season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but when it comes to winning when it counts he has been below the bar in regards to the playoffs.
Tomlin is a great coach and I couldn't see him off of the Steelers, but at some point, you have to question his ability going into the playoffs. You can have a perfect regular season, but the goal is to win a Super Bowl, and if you're coming up short against teams like the Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Cleveland Browns you should definitely be questioned and even placed on the hot seat, but would Art Rooney II do that at this point? The answer is No. I believe Tomlin will show what type of coach he is when Ben Roethlisberger leaves. That will make or break Mike Tomlin.