Some Steelers minority owners want Mike Tomlin fired: report
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is under fire from minority owners of the team, according to Pro Football Talk.
Here, Tomlin watches the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Cleveland. Pittsburgh lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 45-42, in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
PITTSBURGH — Some Steelers “limited partners” want Art Rooney II to fire head coach Mike Tomlin, according to Pro Football Talk.
Pro Football Talk, citing a source with direct knowledge of the situation, reported that the minority owners planning to lobby Rooney to fire Tomlin come from a group that includes Rob Citrone, Paul Evanson, Larry Paul, Stephen Paul, Bruce Rauner, Paul Sams, John Stallworth, Benjamin Statler, Scott Swank, David Tepper, Thomas Tull, Peter Varischetti, and Mike Wilkins.
They do not have managerial control of the team. Rooney does.
Tomlin signed an extension before this past season that keeps him contracted to the team through the 2020 season.
The group was especially critical of Tomlin’s clock management in the team’s 45-42 loss to Jacksonville Jaguars in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. Pittsburgh chose to take an onside kick with two timeouts and the two-minute warning remaining, down by 7, before burning all but the last 47 seconds on the Jacksonville 10-yard line when still trailing by 10.
He has the highest winning percentage of any modern era Steelers head coach and the best winning percentage through 11 seasons of any Steelers head coach. Tomlin ranks 33rd all-time in total wins and 15th in league history for winning percentage.
Here’s a further look at how his numbers stack up to his predecessors in Pittsburgh:
CoachWin % through 11 years
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