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REPORT – Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin Was ‘Very Very Close’ To Leaving Team For Television

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REPORT – Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin Was ‘Very Very Close’ To Leaving Team For Television

The Pittsburgh Steelers have only had three head coaches since 1969. It is one of the most impressive feats for any professional sports organization. Aside from current leader, Mike Tomlin, Hall of Famers Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher are the only two to run the ship in the last 53 years. Each coach has at least one championship ring and the franchise is consistently recognized as one of the NFL’s most respected and decorated. Many believe Tomlin will be married to Pittsburgh until he retires, but a tweet from reporter, Aditi Kinkhabwala suggested that he almost stepped away from his position a few years ago.

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Steelers head coach, Mike Tomlin stands on the field before a home game in Pittsburgh, PA in 2021. | Jordan Schofield / SteelerNation (Twitter: @JSKO_PHOTO)

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On Wednesday morning, NFL reporter, Josina Anderson put it out there that any one of the three longest tenured coaches in the league have rumors swirling around them that one, or multiple of them could think to resign at year’s end. Along with Tomlin, New England Patriots‘ head coach, Bill Belichick and division foe, John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens are the other two causing people to talk. Belichick would certainly be the most likely due to his age and current transitional period within New England’s organization.

Andrew Fillipponi, of 93.7 The Fan, is absolutely right. It would be wild as he stated in his response to Anderson. Tomlin’s current contract expires at the end of the 2024 season so one would expect him to at least ride that out, but nothing is certain. The more surprising comment, however, is Kinkhabwala’s. She claims that the Super Bowl-winning coach contemplated leaving his profession to jump into another one.

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ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 09: Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the first quarter at Highmark Stadium on October 09, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York. |  Bryan M. Bennet t/ Getty Images

Tomlin is 157-91-2 since he joined the organization back in 2007. He holds an 8-9 playoff record and has taken the team to two Super Bowls, one of them leading to a ring during the 2008 season. His predecessor in Cowher has been with CBS and comfortably talks about and watches football stress free each week. Maybe it is possible that he tossed around the idea as his children began to grow older and he was missing key moments in their lives.

One can only speculate what year this allegedly was and if it has any weight to it. A year ago, there were rumors flying around about Tomlin potentially leaving his position in Pittsburgh to coach as the University of Southern California after a head coaching position was open. When asked in a press conference, he adamantly and stoically shut down that idea and left the room very aggravated.

It will be interesting to see if anyone has the courage to ask about Kinkhabwala’s tweet at his weekly press conference next week, but we can expect a stern “no” as an answer. Even if it was a possibility not too long ago, the tweet from the reporter also suggests that he’s not going anywhere now. It does create a bit of intrigue on his future after his contract is up. He’s still relatively young compared to some of the older coaches in the league, but there are consistently murmurs of even someone like Sean McVay retiring and he is only 36 years old.

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Steelers’ Mike Tomlin gets the defense ready to take on the Browns in Week 3 of the 2022 regular season. | Credit: Abigail Dean/Pittsburgh Steelers

Speculation can swirl and people can have their opinions on the topic, but Kinkhabwala spent several years very close to the Steelers and the inner workings of the organization. It’s hard to believe she would throw that out there if she didn’t have a source or legitimate intel that would corroborate her information.


Do you believe that Tomlin was close to walking away and landing a TV gig a couple years back? Let us know in the comments below!




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  2. Rick

    November 16, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    It’s TIME, it would be good for tomlin and Steeler nation.

  3. Chris

    November 16, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    Any chance we can get him to leave now? Tomlin won a SB with Cowher’s team and inherited a HOF qb without. To say the very least, Pittsburgh has gotten worse umder Tomlin.

  4. Chris

    November 16, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Any chance we can get him to leave now? Tomlin won a SB with Cowher’s team and inherited a HOF qb with it. To say the very least, Pittsburgh has gotten worse under Tomlin.

  5. Renee

    November 16, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    He needs to go or fired!!

  6. mattinacan

    November 16, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Oh no! Anything we can do to make him reconsider?

  7. Frank

    November 16, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Ive been saying he needed to go 10 years ago!! And then when I heard they renewed his contract for 4 more years I knew we were f’d. The problem was NEVER Big Ben. He was good despite the **** play calling for the past 10 years!! They had a HOF quarterback and wouldnt let him throw over 20 yds!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Frank

    November 16, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Get him the hell outta here!!! Hes the reason weve sucked for the last 10 years and havent won another SB!!!!

  9. Diana

    November 16, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    I wish he would. He needed to get out years ago. Very best thing for the team , DEFINITELY !

  10. Al

    November 16, 2022 at 11:58 pm

    All of these know it all experts. Tell me exactly how many games did Tomlin have a turnover or missed tackle? How many times did he blow a lead? How many missed assignments did he have? A coach can only give players the plays. It’s up to the players to execute them. One dummy even said we didn’t throw the ball pass 20 yards in 10 season. I wonder how brown had almost 2000 yards almost every year as a starter if we were throwing short passes? How did Ben lead the league in yards 1 year on just short passes for 10 years? Talking about those who know the game but probably never played pass little league if they played at all.

  11. Dave

    November 17, 2022 at 11:57 am

    Not close enough!!!

  12. Terry I

    November 17, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    Stop it. He had players carry him this far. I bet he voted for Biden.

  13. JAMES

    November 17, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Hater bait!! Bringing them outta the woodwork like roaches when the lights come on!

  14. Rayman

    November 17, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    It’s not too late.

  15. Mckg

    November 19, 2022 at 12:45 pm

    Isn’t that the truth.

  16. Oompa

    November 23, 2022 at 4:21 am

    Well they got me. Click bait and hop smashing article. Mr. Tomlin please please retire, leave or anything else but stay as the Steelers head coach🙏
    I agree with others on here as to your Super Bowl win was handed to you from coach Cowher. I also agree with Terry Bradshaw you sir are a CHEERLEADER and NOT a head coach.
    This season is ALL ON YOU‼️ It is YOU that refuses to fire Canada it is YOU that allows the DEVA PLAYERS to exist within the locker room. You sir have no BALLS when it comes to taking control of the players and you DEFINITELY DO NOT have the team prepared to play week after week.
    Of course the REAL BLAME goes to the OWNERS. You have only have done what you have done because of their weak leadership as owners. They to nut to grow some balls and start to run the team like a business not as a puss organization. More worried about image then wins.

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