June 13, 2024

For the first time since 2021, the Pittsburgh Steelers will make the playoffs, but Mike Tomlin, their head coach, is the main topic of discussion this morning.

With one year left on Tomlin’s contract, Art Rooney II declined to extend it as he usually does. There are rumors that it will be finished in the off-season.

However, the question of whether Tomlin will genuinely desire to continue coaching in Pittsburgh has emerged.

On Sunday’s ESPN NFL Countdown, Adam Schefter stated, “They’re not firing Mike Tomlin.” The intriguing part is that he still has one year left on his deal. Additionally, some in the league think Mike Tomlin would want to take a hiatus similar to what Sean Payto

n did.

With three seasons remaining on his deal, Payton left the New Orleans Saints in 2022. Before taking a season-long job as a broadcaster on Fox, he joined the Denver Broncos as head coach in 2023.

“Mike Tomlin gets to dictate what happens here, not the Pittsburgh Steelers,” said Schefter. “They’re not firing him, he’s staying on, but he’s staying on if he wants to. If he decides that he’d like to walk, well, that’s a different subject. And maybe there’s a team out there, he’s from Washington, his wife loves Los Angeles, maybe one of them wants to lob a call into the Steelers to see if they could wind up doing something with him.”

I call B.S. It sounds like Schefter is grasping at straws here, as he has no hard facts to support his statement. Literally anyone can (and has) made things up just for the sake of a story, and a line like “there are some people around the league…” reeks of just that.

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