The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the NFL’s most accomplished franchises in the history of the league. However, Pittsburgh is off to a slow start in the 2022 season, losing four straight games after winning their season opener versus the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime. The start of the season could jeopardize head coach Mike Tomlin and his longstanding record.
Since taking over as Steelers head coach in 2006, Tomlin has never suffered a losing season, which is remarkable in itself. He’s led the team into the postseason in 10 of his first 15 full seasons on the sidelines. In just his second season in the league in the 2008 season, he won his first Super Bowl and the franchise’s sixth overall. In all, Tomlin has a record of 115 – 89 – 1 five games into the 2022 season.
Of his non-losing seasons, nine of them were seasons of 10+ wins, the last being in the 2020 season with a 12 – 4 record. However, it’s been some that the franchise has suffered a losing season.
The last time the Pittsburgh Steelers had a losing season
The last time the Steelers finished a season under .500 was under Hall of Fame head coach BIll Cowher back in the 2003 season. That season, they finished with a 6 – 10 record. Tomlin started Mitchell Trubisky, whom the team signed this offseason, to replace Ben Roethlisberger, who retired after 18 seasons with the team.
However, Tomlin went to rookie Kenny Pickett, their first-round draft pick, to supplant Trubisky.
For Tomlin to keep his incredible streak of non-losing seasons alive, it will rest upon the shoulders of Pickett and his trademark defense playing well. Pittsburgh will have to get on a roll soon to reach .500. Let’s see if Tomlin can turn the Steelers around and get at least nine wins this season, proving he’s the right coach for this team.
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