Courting again to 2007, the beginning of the Mike Tomlin period in Pittsburgh, few quarterback-head coach combos can declare extra success, longevity and franchise stability than Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger.
On the subject of the variety of quarterback-head coach combos within the NFL right now, Tomlin and Roethlisberger stay inside the highest 10, in keeping with CBS Sports activities’ Jeff Kerr, who slotted the Roethlisberger-Tomlin pairing at No. 8 total in his prime 10 coaching-QB duos for the second straight 12 months.
Regardless of going 12-3 in 15 Roethlisberger begins and profitable the AFC North division title for the primary time since 2017, Tomlin and Roethlisberger didn’t transfer up in Kerr’s rankings, which was a bit curious regardless of some severe motion forward of and behind the duo within the rankings.
The Roethlisberger-Tomlin duo edged out San Francisco’s Jimmy Garappolo-Kyle Shanahan pairing, and the Cleveland duo of Kevin Stefanski and Baker Mayfield to land at No. 8.
“Bear in mind, Tomlin has by no means had a dropping season since taking on in 2007 — tying Marty Schottenheimer for essentially the most non-losing seasons to start a profession in league historical past. Tomlin has led Pittsburgh to a 145-78-1 (.650) report within the common season since turning into the workforce’s head coach, the second-best report within the NFL behind the New England Patriots,” Kerr writes. “Tomlin and Roethlisberger have achieved a lot of their 14 seasons collectively, compiling a 127-63-1 report (.665 profitable share), which incorporates seven AFC North titles, two Tremendous Bowl appearances (profitable Tremendous Bowl XLIII), and an 8-8 report within the postseason. In flip, Roethlisberger has earned six Professional Bowl appearances, led the NFL in passing yards per recreation 3 times, and completed with a passer score over 100 3 times.”
It’s startling to see these numbers Roethlisberger and Tomlin have compiled collectively in what will probably be 14 seasons collectively. We’ve recognized all alongside that the Steelers below Tomlin and Roethlisberger have been a robust, constant contender 12 months after 12 months, however to see that profitable share, division titles and Tremendous Bowl appearances on paper is one thing to behold.
Have the Steelers underachieved barely within the Tomlin-Roethlisberger period? That argument might be made, particularly as of late within the playoffs coupled with the failure to recover from the hump within the mid-2010s to succeed in the Tremendous Bowl. However there’s no denying how good these guys have been collectively, pairing to be the faces of the franchise whereas offering stability long-term.
Elsewhere within the rankings, Baltimore’s pairing of Lamar Jackson and John Harbaugh slotted in at No. 5, dropping a spot from No. 4 in 2020, whereas the Week 1 opponent of Josh Allen, Sean McDermott and the Buffalo Payments slot in at No. 6.