Could Mike Tomlin walk away as Steelers head coach?

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Larry Brown Sports

Mike Tomlin is one of the longest-tenured head coaches in the NFL. But he may be ready to move on from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter spoke on ESPN Monday to discuss the status of many coaches across the NFL ahead of the busy “Black Monday.” The reporter shared some interesting information regarding Tomlin.

“He’s got a year left on his contract. And there are some people around the league who believe that Mike Tomlin could decide, eventually, to take some time off, like Sean Payton did. Maybe take a year off. We’ll see if that’s something that is on his mind,” Schefter said.

Schefter even mentioned the Commanders and Chargers as teams that might have interest in Tomlin if he became available.

Schefter further raised the possibility of Tomlin leaving the Steelers during an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.”

Tomlin has been the Steelers’ head coach since 2007. He won a Super Bowl in his second season on the job and led the team to another Super Bowl appearance in his fourth year in the job. The Steelers have never had a losing record under Tomlin, which is a major testament to his coaching ability. But the team’s fan base has grown unhappy with the team’s unproductive offense and inability to win a postseason game; they haven’t won a playoff game since 2017.

Many Steelers fans are frustrated with Tomlin, which makes him underappreciated. As Schefter said, Tomlin would be hired instantly if the 51-year-old were to become available.

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