Steelers owner Art Rooney II not in a rush to extend Mike Tomlin
At the conclusion of the 2018 regular season, some felt that the Pittsburgh Steelers should move on from head coach Mike Tomlin after a disappointing 9-6-1 that resulted in the Steelers missing the playoffs for the first time since 2013.
It appears that Tomlin’s job is safe, but you have to wonder just how long his leash is.
Tomlin currently has two years left on his deal, but Pittsburgh owner Art Rooney II says the team is not in a rush to extend him:
“Those are things we’ll get to sort of later in the offseason, so we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” Rooney said, according to Ed Bouchette of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Rooney also added that failing to qualify for the postseason was “tough to swallow” and that the team needs to do better moving forward:
“When you miss the playoffs, nobody gets absolved,” said Rooney. “I think everybody knows we need to do better, including Mike.”
However, Rooney bristled at the notion that Tomlin lost control of the locker room, calling it “nonsense”:
“It’s nonsense,” said Rooney, per Bouchette. “We didn’t achieve our goal of winning the division but we finished half a game out and had a lot of opportunities to get there.”
The Steelers were actually in control of their own destiny heading into their Week 16 matchup against the New Orleans Saints, but they blew a late lead and suffered a devastating loss, leaving the door open for the Baltimore Ravens to win the AFC North division title and knock Pittsburgh out of the playoffs in the process.