ESPN reports on the news we all knew was coming down the pike a two-year deal for Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin:
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed coach Mike Tomlin to a two-year extension, just a year removed from missing the playoffs. The team said in a news release Tomlin was locked in through at least the 2012 season. “Mike Tomlin has proven to be one of the top head coaches in the National Football League in a relatively short time,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said in the statement.
“His unique ability to lead the team and motivate individuals have been key factors in our success over recent years.” Tomlin led the Steelers to the 2008 Super Bowl title in his second year. But in 2009, the Steelers finished 9-7, losing five in a row and missing the playoffs to become the first champion to miss out on the following postseason since the Steelers themselves in 2006.
Tomlin’s current contract, which averages $2.5 million annually, had one season and an option year remaining. “I have been blessed to have the opportunity to be the head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Tomlin said in the news release. “I am excited to have the opportunity to live and work in this great city, and to focus on the true matter at hand, which is winning football games and bringing another Super Bowl title to Pittsburgh.”
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