Mike Tomlin. He’s the answer. Now here’s the question.
Football in January. The last day of the season for football is kind of and almost like Opening Day in Baseball. Almost. Excitement fills the air as hope springs eternal. It seems like every team (or at least a lot of teams) have a shot at winning it all. And it’s the time the big boys play their best and the also rans play their worst.
The Pittsburg Steelers are in the Playoffs. Again. Thanks to the coaching of their leader, Mike Tomlin, and the choking of their rivals, the New York Jets, who lost a must win game on the last day of the regular season to the Buffalo Bills. All the Jets had to do was win and they were in. And against the so-so Bills, you figure that wasn’t a tough task to tackle. But muff the punt they did,
and the Jets are going home after making plans to make a deep run in the playoffs (playoffs, are you kiddin’ me?) Go figure.
So right off the bat, we learn that life is about coaching and teaching and education and instruction. And the great teachers and trainers and instructors and tutors know how to get the best out of their students and the best students know how to get and glean and gather and garner the most from the best teachers. And Mike Tomlin is a masterful motivator and a credible communicator. And that’s why Pittsburg won and the Jets lost.
We also learn that there must be a connection and correlation between player and coach. And that’s why Chip Kelly is out a job! (But let’s not go there.) Anyway, the players have to play but the coaches have to coach. It’s that simple. And the Pittsburg Steelers kept playing and Mike Tomlin kept coaching his guys right into the second season.
Mike Tomlin was named the 16th head coach in Pittsburgh Steelers history on January 22, 2007. Hired at the age of 34, Tomlin became only the third head coach hired by the Steelers since 1969.
Tomlin became the youngest head coach in NFL history to both coach in and win a Super Bowl when he led the Steelers to a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. By winning the Super Bowl in only his second season as a head coach, he also became the fastest to win a Super Bowl title in Steelers history.
In his eight years as head coach of the Steelers, Tomlin has led Pittsburgh to four AFC North titles (including 2014) and has guided the Steelers to the playoffs five times, including two trips to the Super Bowl (XLIII and XLV). Tomlin has won at least five home games in each of his first eight years, including six at Heinz Field in 2014.
So here’s to Mike Tomlin and the Steelers. My home town team Eagles are going home (but we’re getting a new coach – Yay!), so I need a team to root and clap and cheer for, and now, that includes the “other” team from PA.