Steelers announce three-year contract extension for HC Mike Tomlin

Coach Tomlin isn't going anywhere until at least 2027, but playoff success must soon follow.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers value stability unlike any franchise in football. Since the NFL merger, this team has only had three head coaches... and it's going to stay that way for the foreseeable future.

On Monday, June 10, Teresa Varley of announced that Mike Tomlin has earned a three-year contract extension that will keep him in Pittsburgh through at least the 2027 season.

Varley released a statement from owner and team president Art Rooney II about the decision to keep the long-time head coach in Pittsburgh.

"Mike Tomlin's leadership and commitment to the Steelers have been pivotal to our success during his first 17 years as head coach. Extending his contract for three more years reflects our confidence in his ability to guide the team back to winning playoff games and championships, while continuing our tradition of success."

Art Rooney II, via

Tomlin expressed his gratitude to Rooney for his support during the first 17 years of his tenure, and he assured fans that the team is working diligently to get back to where they belong.

Steelers extend Mike Tomlin despite utter lack of playoff success

While the Steelers are no strangers to extending head the contract of their head coach, the timing of this decision is unusual. Pittsburgh is coming off their seventh straight season without a single postseason victory.

Since 2018, the Steelers have only made the playoffs three times. Each time, Pittsburgh was bounced in the Wild Card round and lost by multiple scores.

Now Tomlin will be looking to avoid a eight-year drought without postseason success, but he will do so without Art Rooney II breathing down his neck. The pressure is off and Tomlin is essentially a lock to be the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for the next three seasons.

Regardless of whether or not you were a fan of this decision, it's hard to say that we didn't see this one coming eventually.

Tomlin has already surpassed Bill Cowher as the second-longest tenured coach in Pittsburgh Steelers history. At this rate, he will have a chance to pass Chuck Noll for the number one spot (23 years). Let's hope this comes with loads of playoff success and another Super Bowl ring.