tomlin is either smart enough to know that he must surround himself with good experienced coaches to make up for his deficiencies or the rooneys know that and they have made the hires. i think past history shows the latter.
hopefully they take away most of his influence come draft this year. he hasnt been able to replace cowhers players and win with his own.
without a doubt tomlin would be hired in a minute if he was available, but unless he went to the handful of really stable orginizations, he would be exposed as an an average coach.
i dont think tomlin is scared of losing his job. he knows why he was hired and what his role is. as long as he does what he is told and represent the team properly, he will be here awhile. win or lose.
tomlins playoff record with mostly cowhers players 5-2 (first 4 years)
with mostly his own 1-3 (last 5 years)
Successful leaders surround themselves with bright competent people,and empower them to do their job.
1.25 CB Eli Apple-DB-tOSU
2.58 SS Vonn Bell-DB tOSU
3.89 DT Javon Hargrave-SC State
4.123 DE-Matt Judon-Grand Valley State
6.220 RB-Tyler Erwin-San Jose State
7.229 WR Geronimo Allison-Ilinois
7.246 QB-Cody Kessler-USC
I don't think Tomlin looks over his shoulder no matter what. If I'm going to surround myself with assistants, you can bet it will be the best I can find. If they win with him as head coach, why would he not love that ? If he they fail at their jobs or can't make improvements to the team, Tomlin has no worries either. He hires a new assistant. One thing about the Steelers or rather two things about the Steelers... They hold on to their head coaches through all the ups and downs and they do not have an assistant move up to head coach when the time comes. Without trying to hijack this thread and I was about to start a thread for this one question, " why hasn't the NFL channel ever done " Football Life " on Chuck Noll ? This guy has more history, more winning, more smarts along with more, more, more than any of the guys I've watched on the show or whom they have covered.
The only people who think Tomlin is merely an average coach are found on this board and pretty much nowhere else....
I know lots of folks on this board think his job is set in stone for the next 10 years...regardless of his record... but I still think next year's outcome will (if another sub par year) put Tomlin on the hot seat. Remember folks.. Ben's on the back half of his career here...and I don't think Tomlin > Ben in the eyes of the powers that be. If the Rooney's think there's another coach out there that can win a SB with BB... I wouldn't be surprised at all to see Tomlin fired.
Whether his job is set in stone or not, it does not appear that Tomlin is hiring coaches with any concern for his job security in mind...that was the point of my OP...he has three former HCs on his staff...