Based on the way the Steelers do business, Mike Tomlin deserved the two year extension. Bottom line, he went 11-6 last year and won a division championship.
The Steelers haven’t won a playoff game in four years. You’d have to go back to the dark ages before Chuck Noll to find a stretch of five years without a post season win.
Before Noll, the Steelers went 40 years without one.
Tomlin inhrited a team with a lot of talent and he did whatr a good coach would/should do. He won a lot.
Went to two Super Bowls.
He inherited a team with a franchise/future HOF quarterback, a HOF safety, a probable HOF wide receiver, an all-pro RB, a HOF caliber TE and a genius for a defensive coordinator.
As the players he inherited have begun to disappear, so have the playoff wins.
Tomlin has to prove that he can draft (and he has a lot to say about who gets drafted) and develop players on his own and win with them.
The Steelers have their toughest (on paper) schedule in a long time.
I don’t think the Steelers are better now than they were last January.
Let’s see how that extension looks at this time next year.