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Mike Tomlin mentioned as a top target in Redskins coaching search

10/8/2019 7:32:20 AM
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It looks like Mike Tomlin could have another NFL coaching gig if he wants it, Adam Bittner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Multiple league insiders have mentioned the Steelers coach among Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s top choices to replace Jay Gruden, who was fired early Monday morning. 

As far as we know, that interest is one-sided for the moment, and there’s good reason to believe Tomlin would prefer to remain with the Steelers if he can. 

Snyder is one of the NFL’s least popular owners. He is notorious for growing impatient with coaches — he’s had seven since buying the team in 1999 — and meddling in roster construction and even locker room affairs. The Steelers, by contrast, are the league’s model of stability and have employed just Tomlin, Bill Cowher and Chuck Noll as coach since the 1960s. 

It’s not clear how firm Tomlin’s hold on his current role is. 

The team extended his contract for just one year this summer. Traditionally, Tomlin and his predecessors have received extensions in two-year increments, but the Steelers missed the playoffs in 2018 after a disappointing playoff exit the year before. 

Now his team stands 1-4 after a frustrating home loss to Baltimore on Sunday. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s season-ending elbow injury is obviously a major mitigating circumstance, but if the Steelers were hoping to see more from their coach in giving him a shorter deal, they haven’t yet. 

That reality could be a factor if Snyder does, in fact, make a push to bring him to Washington. 

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