Steelers extend Tomlin through 2021

From Mirror, wire reports

LATROBE — The Pittsburgh Steelers and coach Mike Tomlin have agreed on a one-year contract extension that will run through the 2021 season.

The club announced the deal as players arrived at Saint Vincent College on Thursday for the start of Tomlin’s 13th training camp with the team.

The 47-year-old Tomlin had two years left on his previous deal, a time frame when the Steelers typically renegotiate or do new contracts for prominent coaches, players and front-office members.

“Mike is one of the most successful head coaches in the National Football League, and we are confident in his leadership to continue to lead our team as we pursue our goal of winning another championship,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement.

Though there are some fans as well as those in the media who have been harsh critics of the one-time Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator, several players were more than complimentary of Tomlin in a recent profile done by ESPN.

“Every team except one team in the NFL would love to have hime,” Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo told ESPN, making a nod to the New England Patriots and coach Bill Belichick. “(Tomlin’s) resume speaks for itself. That’s what I want out of a coach.”

Ramon Foster, a veteran guard on the Steelers’ offensive line, believes that more than just the Steelers would want to play for Tomlin.

“I’m sure if you ask all 1,200 players in the league which one of the coaches they’d rather play for, he’s at the top of the list,” said the 10-year starter.

Tomlin is 126-66-1 since replacing Bill Cowher in 2007, but the team did go 9-6-1 last season and missed the playoffs. He has led the Steelers to a pair of Super Bowl appearances — winning one — while capturing six AFC North titles and eight playoff berths overall.

Pittsburgh is looking to bounce back from a late-season collapse last winter that forced it to miss the postseason for the first time since 2013.

The Steelers open the preseason Friday, Aug. 9 at home with Tampa Bay.