Batch: "There's No Way" Steelers Fire Mike Tomlin

The Steelers have lost three games in a row and are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs

Zach Gelb
December 12, 2018 - 9:25 pm

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Mike Tomlin has had quite a run in Pittsburgh. He’s won a Super Bowl, played for another, and led the Steelers to the playoffs eight times in 11 seasons. The three seasons in which he failed to make the playoffs? 9-7, 8-8, 8-8. That means he has never finished with a losing record as Steelers head coach.

Well, at 7-5-1, the Steelers are in jeopardy of that this season. They have lost three straight games and close the season against New England (9-4), at New Orleans (11-2) and against Cincinnati (5-8).

If Tomlin finishes with a losing record – or simply misses the playoffs – might the Steelers fire him?

“No, absolutely not. There’s no way,” former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch told Zach Gelb, who was filling in as host of Reiter Than You. “Of course there’s clutter and people are talking about outside in the world, but 12 years, no losing seasons up until this point – and if this is the first losing season that he has, I really don’t think that they make a change. That’s not the Rooney’s MO. That’s not the way that they operate.”

Indeed, the Steelers have had three head coaches – Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher, and Tomlin – since 1969. It’s hard to imagine the franchise firing Tomlin after one subpar season.

“I would be shocked if the Rooney family moved on from Mike Tomlin,” Batch said.