Updated: Nov 11, 2020
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The Steelers are off to their best start in franchise history at 8-0 after beating the Dallas Cowboys, 24-19, on Sunday. Also with the win, Mike Tomlin secured his 14th straight non-losing season, which tied an NFL record with Marty Schottenheimer for the most consecutive seasons to not have a losing record to start an NFL coaching career. Schottenheimer had 14 consecutive non-losing seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs from 1989-1998.
Tomlin has a career regular-season record of 141-74-1 and is 8-7 in the playoffs with two Super Bowl appearances, winning one and losing the other. During Schottenheimer's 14-year span of no losing seasons in Kansas City, he had a regular-season record of 101-58-1 and was 5-13 in the playoffs with no Super Bowl appearances.
The worst record that the Steelers have had under Tomlin is 8-8, which they've been on three occasions (2012, 2013 and 2019). The Steelers have not had a losing season since 2003.
With the Steelers at 8-0 and the lone unbeaten team remaining in the NFL, along with Tomlin's tied NFL record for the most consecutive seasons without a losing season to start an NFL coaching career, it would appear that the "winning with Cowher's players" narrative from some Steelers fans is wearing thin, even though that thought process was absurd to being with.