Steelers’ Mike Tomlin Reveals Why He Invested ‘Tomlinisms’

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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

The 2022 Pittsburgh Steelers training camp opens on July 26, so a new season featuring Mike Tomlin’s famous catchphrases – aka ‘Tomlinisms’ – is on the horizon. Last summer the result was “we’re still working on those issues,” to name a few, Tomlin’s way of showing that squad decisions have yet to be made.

During his recent appearance on the podcast The Pivot (with former Steelers safety Ryan Clark, former Jacksonville Jaguars rerun Fred Taylor and e.g. Miami Dolphins rerun Channing Crowder), the Steelers’ longtime head coach explained why he developed the catchphrases that NFL players and fans come to know and love.

“I’m trying to record a thought, succinctly, without saying too much. Because I just hate talking. I would rather do,” he explained.

“That’s why I came up with the phrase, ‘football is a game, our business is winning,’ he further explained. “Because I can get there, and if I get there enough, people know what I’m talking about and I don’t have to talk all day. There are certain business-oriented things that go with what we do at this level that we all understand. So let’s not hide from it, don’t hide behind it. There’s a business component to this and when we’re winning, the business is being worked on and if we don’t, it’s not. ”

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Mike Tomlin: ‘Next Tony Romo’?

Tomlin’s famous catchphrases are one of the reasons why the Steelers coach is likely to have the opportunity to become a television analyst after coaching – assuming he wants to. In June 2021, Fred Gaudelli – longtime executive producer of NBC’s Sunday Night Football – said Tomlin topped the list of NFL players and coaches with the potential to be a spectacularly successful broadcaster. item. Tomlin could be the “next Tony Romo,” as he puts it, calling the Hampton, Va. 50 years old is a “transformer”.

“I mean, he has a language of his own that everyone can understand,” Gaudelli told The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch. “He has a really expressive personality. You want him in the studio so you can see him more, but I think he’s just as good at gaming. “

However, Tomlin did not see that happen. In fact, Gaudelli convinced Tomlin of the idea.

“He said to me, ‘Fred, I will never come to the dark side,’” Gaudelli told Deitsch.

Mike Tomlin is contracted for another 3 seasons

It’s never been too long, but Tomlin is expected to remain the Steelers head coach for years to come, to the derision of some critics who believe Tomlin should be in the hot seat, or at least a slightly warm chair.

In the spring of 2021, Tomlin signed a 3-year contract extension with the team until the end of the 2024 season, giving him the opportunity to build on a career record of 154-85-2 (.643). That is unlike the regular season record (.623) compiled by his predecessor, Bill Cowher, who has been inscribed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2020 Division. Tomlin both have 1-1 records in the Super Bowl.

According to a 2021 report by Sportico, Tomlin is the fifth highest paid coach in the NFL, with a salary of $11.5 million per year.

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