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Steelers Must Stop Playing Around and Make a Decision on Mike Tomlin

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 16: Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on in the third quarter during the game against the New England Patriots at Heinz Field on December 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
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The Rooney family has owned the Pittsburgh Steelers for a long time, and they know how business is done. They've historically done the honorable thing and given their coaches contract extensions when they still have two years left on their existing deals, to provide stability to the franchise and show trust in the coach.

So, with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin's contract set to be up in 2020, what's taking so long?

The Steelers have hit a bit of a rough patch over the last calendar year, between the Le'Veon Bell saga, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2013, and the trade of Antonio Brown. The locker room temporarily fell apart, and the team has become a media circus over the course of the offseason.

But still, this is the Steelers we're talking about, and the Steelers are Mike Tomlin's team. Since Tomlin arrived, Pittsburgh has made the playoffs eight times in 12 seasons and appeared in two Super Bowls, winning one.

Don't let the New England Patriots skew your perception of success; those are fantastic results. Sure, the Steelers have gone through some uncharacteristic adversity of late, but one 9-6-1 season does not make Tomlin a bad coach.

Just ask teams like the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets what it's like to deal with a head coaching carousel. The Steelers must make the prudent decision and show confidence in their leader by extending Mike Tomlin.