The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will sign a three-year extension, keeping the Super Bowl-winning coach in place through the 2014 season.
Tomlin is 31-17 in three seasons as Pittsburgh's coach, never suffering a losing season. This past season, he missed the playoffs for the first time since he took over for Bill Cowher in 2007. The Steelers, without SS Troy Polamalu and DE Aaron Smith for the vast majority of the season, lost seven games by a combined 28 points, with the largest deficit being a six-point loss to Cleveland - the first loss to the Browns since 2003.
This season will prove to be the most difficult in Tomlin's tenure, being without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for at least four games, and without starting right tackle Willie Colon for the season. Steelers leading receiver Santonio Holmes was traded to the Jets after it was announced he picked up a four-game suspension for violation of the substance abuse policy.
Tomlin has said he wants to return to a stronger rushing attack this year after the team struggled in that department a season ago. The contract has been earned to date, but all eyes will be on Pittsburgh, more pointedly, at Tomlin and his ability to bring the Steelers back to the playoffs.