“The standard is the standard” is Mike Tomlin’s most popular saying. Under Tomlin, the standard in Pittsburgh has been to consistently be in position to compete for a Super Bowl title. The Steelers’ ability to uphold the standard under Tomlin has helped Pittsburgh’s coach make NFL history.
By virtue of their 26-14 Week 17 win over the Cleveland Browns on Monday night, Tomlin secured his NFL-record 15th consecutive non-losing season to begin his coaching career as the Steelers improved to 8-7-1 with one game remaining. The record was previously held by the late Marty Schottenheimer during his time with the Browns and Chiefs from 1984-97.
The youngest coach to win a Super Bowl (36), Tomlin has also led the Steelers to two AFC titles, seven AFC North division titles, and nine playoff appearances. Earlier this season, Tomlin became the 20th coach to win 150 career games. Tomlin, 49, needed only 232 games to reach 150 wins, making him the fourth-fastest coach to reach that milestone.
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