PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin made history during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 29-27 victory over the Chicago Bears on Monday night. Tomlin reached his 150th career win as the Steelers head coach. In the process, Tomlin passed his predecessor, Bill Cowher, who won 149 games during his 15 years on Pittsburgh’s sideline.
Tomlin, 49, needed only 232 games to reach 150 wins, making him the fourth-fastest coach to reach that milestone. He is one of 21 head coaches to reach 150 wins and joins Chuck Noll as the second Steelers coach to reach that mark.
“I’m just appreciative of the standards that has been set by those that have come before me,” Tomlin said when asked about the milestone. “All of us are here. That standard is inspirational for us. It inspires us, it challenges us. I’m just thankful to be a part of this thing that is the Pittsburgh Steelers. I do my job to uphold the standard.”
While Tomlin is still writing chapters to his coaching career, former Steelers cornerback and CBS Sports football analyst Bryant McFadden feels that Tomlin has already done enough to one day join Noll and Cowher in Canton, Ohio.
“He’s there right now. If he decided to end his coaching career this season, he’s a Hall of Famer,” said McFadden, who played under both Cowher and Tomlin and was a member of two Super Bowl-winning teams with the Steelers. “From 2007 to the present, he’s never had a losing season, that speaks volume on his consistency. Winning AFC championship ball games. Getting to the Super Bowl, winning a Super Bowl.
“When you’ve won a conference championship game, you’ve been in the playoffs a lot, and your team has always been relevant in competitive conversations, that speaks volumes. To me personally, if he was to end his coaching career this season, yeah, he’s already a Hall of Famer. Certified.”
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