Mike Tomlin Nearing The Coaching Market?

December 10th, 2018

Exciting speculation about Steelers coach Mike Tomlin

Exciting radio chatter today from uber NFL insider Mike Florio, the creator, curator and overall guru at ProFootballTalk.com.

Mike Tomlin, the 12-year Steelers head coach, who has never had a losing season, is in the midst of a disappointing and controversy-filled season. The Steelers fell apart yesterday in Oakland coughing up a late lead to lose 24-21 and it’s unclear exactly why Ben Roethlisberger mysteriously was off the field for as long as he was.

Pittsburgh fell to 7-5-1 and they play the Patriots and Saints over the next two weeks. They easily could miss the playoffs and Florio talked this morning about how this could be the year the Rooney family waves goodbye to Tomlin following the season.

Florio even said, during Pro Football Talk Live on NBC Sports Radio, that he chatted with Tony Dungy last night and Dungy acknowledged that the calls for change in Pittsburgh could get very loud if the Steelers implode after a six-game winning streak earlier this season.

The topic picked up again later in the show and guest co-host Chris Simms agreed that a poor Steelers finish would have him leaning toward this being the offseason that the Tomlin-era ends.

Oh, boy. Joe is sweating with excitement. Joe’s got fingers and toes crossed for Tomlin to be available in three weeks.

What a hire he would be for Team Glazer and suffering Buccaneers fans.

Still just 46 years old, Tomlin is the total package as a head coach and would instantly raise the bar around One Buc Palace. And it’s just an added bonus that he coached defensive backs here under Father Dungy and Chucky (2001 – 2005).

78 Responses to “Mike Tomlin Nearing The Coaching Market?”

  1. Jonathan Lipnicki Says:

    Somewhat intriguing…hopefully would be better than The Lovie Dovie Reunion.

  2. StoutGospel Says:

    I dunno….rather have John Harbaugh. Tomlin doesn’t possess the overall coaching acumen prowess that a John Harbaugh mold would bring, IMO. Not too mention, that any benefactor of Lev’Bell for 5 years (?) and AB for 7 years(?), along with Ben for all that time (moreso AB and Lev) would make anyone successful in PIT.

    Rather have John Harbaugh, but not a horrible idea. Just think as Bucs are currently mostly constructed, let’s go John Harbaugh!!

  3. Locked In Says:

    I would support this with one exception. No hiring of Lovie as DC! Seriously, I like Tomlin and I think he would bring a winning mindset and toughness back to TB.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Many winning coaches are having down years…..such is the nature of the game…….sooner or later it turns….unfortunately, Bucs coaches seem to always have down years..

    I think most would look on any of these coaches from other teams as an upgrade.
    Tomlin, McCarthy, Rivera….

    We may have a great deal of competition for a new coach. I’m thinking Vince Lombardi would be a good pick.

  5. miken Says:

    really good coaches will have choices. This roster with jw as qb ain’t attractive. Going to have to find the next Mcvey, Reich ect that is looking for his 1st gig or a guy looking to get back in like Swartz that will take anything.

  6. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    100% on tomlin if available, he is a great HC & motivator and would bring an innovative OC & DC, maybe even a stud rb

  7. 813bucboi Says:

    my beef with tomlin is that his teams always lose 2 or 3 games that they have no business losing….oakland was one of them….denver was the other….and his teams are often undisciplined….

    no doubt he would be an upgrade and change the culture but idk…..i guess the glazer could do worst, like retain dirk….


  8. Buc believer Says:

    Why would he want to come this crap fest and work for the WORST owners in the league?? No we will be stuck with Clueless Koetter and Jason Gump again or better yet they will hire a Division 3 coach.

  9. Mike Johnson Says:

    I’d go McCarthy over Tomlin. But Tomlin is not a bad choice. He’s a no nonsense..get in your A.. type coach. His players hit hard on Defense and he does have experience dealing with a Big QB like Big Ben. Ben and Jameis have similarities.

  10. Bucsfanman Says:

    1st off, I seriously doubt Tomlin is going anywhere. IF, and I mean IF, he does go get him.
    Think mindset!

  11. Mike Evans Goat Says:

    Lol at all the JW haters.
    “Nobody wants to coach Winston” is a rediculously silly take. We have one of the most talent filled offenses in the league. Just need a rb and a shirt passing scheme. If we aren’t running all 20 yard routes then our o line gets better. If our o line gets better so does our qb. Ala Dak Prescott

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Now I’d take Tomlin over most of the names I’ve heard up to this point except for Harbaugh and Arians.

  13. DB55 Says:

    Oh man, I’d get excited but more than likely the Glazers would totally mess this up too.

  14. Frank Pillow Says:

    If either Harbaugh or Tomlin are fired, it would be a Christmas miracle…both are supremely qualified. Both have impressive resumes. Both are head and shoulders better coaches (with better staffs) than anyone we’ve had here in over a decade. I doubt they’ll be available and we’ll be left to pine over lesser retreads (looking at you Riverboat) and/or an unproven coordinator. What’s clear though is just how badly this team needs an enema.

  15. Mikey Says:


  16. Bucsfanman Says:

    DB55- It goes to the “common denominator” theory. There’s been one constant throughout these years……the ownership.

  17. Deminion Says:

    I would cry tears of joy for Tomlin good coaching pedigree still young in coaching circles and he would bring a physicality we haven’t seen around here in a lifetime….

  18. pick6 Says:

    the raheem hire and the lovie hire were both attempts to atone for letting mike tomlin get out the door. going back to that coaching staff hasn’t exactly yielded the intended results, but Tomlin is much more intriguing. honestly it’s less about the main guy and more about the staff that comes with him. the team needs improvement from nearly every position group.

  19. Duke Silver Says:

    That would put a damper on getting Bell.


    When was the last time the Steelers fired a head coach?

  21. Dooshlarue Says:

    Doesn’t excite me.

  22. BucEmUp Says:

    find a way to lure Bruce Arians out of retirement

  23. SOEbuc Says:

    Mike Evans Goat

    Agreed. All other head coaches know what our weaknesses are (Oline, RB, Secondary). Better coaches=better players so it’s not like they’re going to say no to a fat sack of cash because we’re not good. Tomlin (not going anywhere) and Rivera (hated those sunglasses with a passion for years) have both been successful with Jameis type QBs for years. My top two.

  24. Joe Blahak Says:

    Marinelli…defensive genius!

  25. Ripcurl57 Says:

    Who wants a cheater who trips other teams db who intercept passes..then lies about it…a real class guy.

  26. Dewey Selmon Says:

    If Tomlin was 7-5-1 here he would be in the ROH. Steeler fans should be careful what they ask for, they just might get it.

  27. Troy Says:

    Tomlin’s not going anywhere. I laugh at the made up controversy.

  28. Dooshlarue Says:

    Tomlin also reminds me of Lovie with his sideline demeanor.

  29. JimmyJack Says:

    Firing Tomlin would be stupid. The Steelers aren’t perennial winners because they make stupid decisions.

  30. Eric Says:

    No way this happens but we should jump all over hiring him if it does.

    Of course our fan base will be critical unless we hire Belichick. And probably some complaining with that.

  31. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    I dont know how the rest of you feel, (because i make my comment first and then go back and read the prior ones)….

    But I would be VERY comfortable with Mike Tomlin as our head coach. He is a proven winner. He brings attitude to the table, and his players bring that same attitude.

    Last but not least, he is one of OURS. — He made his bones right here in Tampa Bay.

  32. Rod Munch Says:

    The Bucs should literally trade for him to make sure he comes here, this would be huge, it’s a good fit on offense, and if they did trade throw in Bell to make the trade worthwhile.

  33. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Curious what you guys think of this next question.

    I know this is not Joe Steeler Fan.. lol.. but just a question. We are all Bucs fans first.. and NFL fans 2nd…

    Out of curiosity….. Bill Cowher has been out of the game for some time now. Most thought he would have come back a long time ago. People have sort of forgotten him and stopped talking.

    Think an opening in Pittsburgh would bring Cowher back to the Steelers? –That would be really cool, actually.

    But WAY the more COOL… would be Mike Tomlin..
    Right the frick HERE…..in Tampa Bay.

  34. zzbuc Says:

    If he gets fired and if he wants to come to TB, I would bring him, and that´s two ifs…….and I am a Koetter man!!! The only candidate I would consier from moving on from Koetter

  35. Bucsfanman Says:

    Demon- I always loved Bill Cowher! Talk about having fire!
    It’s a great thought, but I don’t think he’s coming back, it’s been a while. I don’t know how players would respond to his style, you know what I mean?!
    Tomlin would be an ideal hire here in Tampa Bay………but…..I don’t think he’s going anywhere.

  36. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    McCarthy teams make a lot less stupid mistakes than Koetters teams.

    Nuff said

  37. Architek Says:

    Why would a coach on that level and with that success come to this organization???

  38. SenileSenior Says:

    I definitely don”t want Tomlin here.

  39. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Whoops wrong thread

  40. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Yes bring on Mike Tomlin, make he can turn the big fat softie Gerald McCoy into a man

  41. __TGH__ Says:

    He is the PERFECT man for the Bucs job. The Rooney’s would be CRAZY to let him go.

  42. pelbuc Says:

    Names of coaches are irrelevant if we continue to employ the loser GM.

  43. Eric Says:

    He just lost to Chucky.

  44. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I’m on the Kris Richard train right now

  45. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Does anyone actually trust the Glazers picking an up and coming coach? It’s failed every single time. No thanks on Kris Richards.

    If we’re going to do this is has to be between the Harbaughs or Tomlin. But this shouldn’t be the focus, it’s almost irrelevant. The focus should be finding a new GM. Until then nothing will change.

  46. KnoxvilleBuc Says:

    Said this in the off-season this was a possibility. Big Ben is nearing the end and with the locker room turmoil with Bell and Brown Tomlin has done a hell of a job holding it together after the slow start. Would love to have him back in Tampa. Hell of a coach and motivates a team who desperately needs it. Kris Richard is a solid candidate as is McCarthy

  47. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Tomlin is a lot like Schiano, a DISCIPLANARIAN. How did that work out for us?

    Granted the other end of the spectrum, Raheem only worked for one year and then implosion.

    Need a happy medium…..Kris Richard.

  48. BigMacAttack Says:

    If they don’t replace the Idiot in Chief Licht, it doesn’t matter who coaches the team. Licht is the root of the problem. Licht is a problem. Licht is the problem. Licht sucks. Licht is clueless. Licht is terrible talent evaluator. Licht is the worst GM in Buccaneer history. Licht solves problems by creating more problems. Everything about Licht is bad, wrong, incompetent. He’s gotta go.

  49. tmaxcon Says:

    Winston is the only reason a coach would consider this crapshow minor league franchise

  50. Destinjohnny Says:

    He has had the best gm in football during he time in the steel city

  51. tmaxcon Says:

    Jumping off Skyway Bridge is a better option than coaching a glazer owned franchise on any continent

  52. D1QB Says:

    Tomlin has proven to be a successful Head Coach over a long (NFL wise) period.
    Kris Richards isn’t even a coordinator.
    And the fans wonder why…..

  53. 813bucboi Says:


    might want to do some research pal…lol………he’s the passing coordinator and calls the defensive plays for the defense…..


  54. Pa Privateer Says:

    I live in Steeler Pennsylvania in Steeler Nation. SO i wath a lot of the games and talk to crap tons of steeler fans. My Girlfriend is a die hard Steeler fan. Tomlin isn’t going anywhere.

    Rothlisberger had a rib injury, so there is no controversary there. I watched the game. The steelers didn’t suck yesterday. The raiders were playing very very good.

    NO way in hell that Tomlin is let go. It is just stupid to even think about that. Not one Steeler fan thinks there needs to be a coaching change.

    11 winning seasons and 2018 could be another. Tomlin is not going anywhere.

  55. tmaxcon Says:

    Tomlin has as many winning seasons with stellers has the Buc Franchise has Winning season since the beginning of time….

    bucs 12-42

    Tomlin 12-12

    reality is truly a beotch.

  56. 37Champs Says:

    Tomlin over Rivera 10 times out of 10, but both organizations would be idiotic if they let them go.

  57. 37Champs Says:

    Comparing Tomlin to Schiano is the dumbest thing I may have EVER heard. There is one thing that you must have as a coach who is a disciplinarian and that is respect. Schiano had zero at one Buc.

  58. AfrikaThaRapper Says:

    Fingers crossed…..

  59. Buccaneerscotty Says:

    Puff puff pass

  60. Sumo Says:

    Tonlin doesn’t pick the players in the draft. He doesn’t run the offense. He doesn’t run the defense. The only thing he does is get players fired up to play and make game day decisions. That’s it. Why do you think Pittsburgh keeps coaches so long? They are talking heads that’s it and their job is to get the players to perform.

  61. FortMyersDave Says:

    Pa Privateer aand Tom E make good points. The Steelers do not fire coaches and they are likely to give Tomlin a pass if the Steelers finish 8-7-1 and miss out on the playoffs to a ravens team. Riverboat Ron on the other hand just might get the axe if the Panthers continue their death spiral and lose 2 to the Saints to guarantee a losing season making their other game vs a floundering 4-12 ATL team irrelevant just like our Bucs fiinale vs the ATL which will only cost both teams a few slots in the draft if they win (sound familiar?). Ron could get the boot since the Panthers have a new owner who might not be enamored with some of the calls Riverboat has made such as going for 2 vs a bad Detroit team and some Koetter like play calls at the Cleveland 3 yard line this past weekend. So there is a chance Riverboat Ron gets the pink slip and if so the Bucs should pounce but then again Ron might be entertaining offers from NY, Green Bay, Cleveland, Detroit and Denver as well which are all probably higher than the Bucs on the desired job scale……

  62. Annoyed in CT Says:

    Any winning coach and new GM would show fans the culture change is happening and one step to getting fans back in the stands

  63. Howard Cosell Says:

    Scheme Glazer going on to their SIXTH coaching staff in 10 years!

    DoD is two thirds empty. Glazers can’t pay people to take tickets. TV revenues stream in. Glazers yawn. It’s a Bucs life

    Fake franchise

  64. Howard Cosell Says:

    Scheme Glazer going on to their SIXTH coaching staff in 10 years!

    Den of depression is two thirds empty. Glazers can’t pay people to take tickets yet TV revenues stream in. Glazers yawn. It’s a Bucs life

  65. TiddlyWinks Says:

    I’ve been on the Bruce Arians train. Tomlin would be an upgrade too. If we cannot get either of them, I want to stick with Dirk. McCarthy is not a good coach.

  66. denjoe Says:

    Would be a good hire. I wonder if these young players would respond to any disciplinarian type coach though. In the short term I think he would turn it around though.

  67. Patrick Says:

    He would the most qualified unlike all the failed candidates we’ve had since Gruden (Raheem, Schiano, Lovie, and Koetter). Ok, I’ll admit Lovie was qualified on paper and we weren’t expecting him to be as god awful as he was as a HC. But Tomlin is one other level; he would change the culture

  68. Patrick Says:

    Cowher should’ve been who we hired back in 2009. Instead, the three stooges thought that Raheem was more qualified for some odd reason

  69. Wesley Says:

    That would be the type of hire that would fill Ray Jay again.

  70. Howard Cosell Says:

    The Bucs averaged a new coaching staff every 1.67 years from 2009 until 2019……that has to be a record of some kind

  71. Season Is Over Says:

    I would rather keep Dirk “We were done before Halloween” Koetter. No coaches from yesteryear.

  72. Owlykat Says:

    If Tomlin was available I am sure Dungy would challenge him to come in and fix the Buc’s losing culture. He would know better than keeping Warhop, and I don’t think it would take long before he would turn the Bucs around. He was right here when Dungy did it in six months so he knows exactly how to do it. I like Arians, myself, but I would be thrilled with Tomlin as well. He, better than anyone knew exactly how to end Fitzmagic this year and that was not an easy thing to overcome. You would not have to worry about Tomlin’s ability to make changes at half time either. He believes in accountability too!

  73. tmaxcon Says:


    Being challenged by an ignorant one dimensional has been that failed in Tampa is absolutely hilarious…. no one worships failure or is more delusional than a dungy nuthugger

    The legend of Dungy the clown far surpassed his actual accomplishments years ago…. dungy the clown is a fish story toilet bowl minnow has grown into a great white shark….

  74. D1 Says:

    Buc Boi,

    Lol…passing coordinator! Defensive or Offensive coordinator is a bit different from passing coordinator and light years removed from Head Coach.

    Personally, I believe Richard’s will be an excellent choice for a Head Coach. I look strictly at the experience and responsibilities gap between a DB coach and a Head Coach and it’s not a minor jump from one to the other.

    I’m also consider the risk reward equation and how that works with the current state of the franchise and more importantly the fan base. The next coach in my opinion should be as low risk and high reward as possible.

    Eric Be , KC O.C. and former player, is that lower risk, high reward guy. The league is trending towards offense not defense so it makes sense to maximize offensive innovation. Andy Reid is one heck of a successful tree to come from. Pete Carroll has one probably going to be fired HC from his. Jason Garrett. …zero. Andy Reid numerous and successful

    Last, it would give the GM a different perspective on possible QB candidates available in the draft and offensive players in general. Richard’s could offer a blueprint on DB but again the league is moving in an offense centric direction.

  75. Tampa2ATL Says:

    Tomlin? yes, please!

  76. Owlykat Says:

    Tmaxcon—name one Bucs Coach other than Dungy who turned around the usual losing BUCS culture in six months after his hire and also wears a Super Bowl ring? I didn’t think so, TROLL!

  77. Buccfan37 Says:

    I predicted in preseason that Tomlin was on the way out of Pittsburgh. A lot of Steeler fans want him gone. A loss to 2 win Oakland unforgiving. Losses coming up with the Patriots and the Saints won’t help the present coaching situation there. For the Bucs I’d pass on Tomlin.

  78. Season Is Over Says:

    How much of Pitts success has been because of Tomlin and not the organization around him? I think just about any coach would be successful there.