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Report: Mike Tomlin on the short list for head coach of the Washington Redskins in 2020

Tomlin is under contract with the Steelers through the 2020 season

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Obviously, he’s not going to talk about it. Obviously, nothing can be done at this moment. Obviously, it’s just a report about something an owner wants. But why not paint with a broad brush?

After the Washington Redskins fired their head coach on Monday morning, speculation as to what they’re going to do for the future was one of the main sports stories when it comes to national coverage. So when ESPN’s Ed Werder listed Mike Tomlin as one of the three coaches owner Daniel Snyder has targeted for the vacant head-coaching position, it got a lot of attention on various media outlets.

Since we’re obviously not going to get any answers from Coach Tomlin (although I can’t wait to see who asks him about it first), maybe we should speculate as to the pros and cons Tomlin would have to consider in going to Washington…


It would be a move closer to home for Mike Tomlin as he is from Hampton, Virginia. He attended college at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, has been known to show interest in players from the state of Virginia. Additionally, his son is currently playing football for the University of Maryland.

It also would go without saying that Tomlin would be in line for a very large payday. The Washington Redskins have been known to throw a lot of money at coaches and I’m sure Tomlin would be no exception.


He would be coaching the Washington Redskins.

And working for Daniel Snyder.

As someone who currently lives in Maryland, I understand the woes that go with this once great football franchise before changing ownership. Even if money and family were a factor, to go from working for the Rooney family to Mr. Snyder would be career suicide.

Mike Tomlin has possibly the premier coaching job in the NFL. The Steelers rarely move on from head coaches, so job security and franchise stability are better than just about anywhere else he could be. Why would anyone want to move on from this job?

Now the only question would be is if the Steelers were ready to move on from Tomlin. If they were even considering the notion of a change at head coach, being a situation where they could possibly get some compensation for him would be ideal.

Do I think the Steelers should trade Mike Tomlin? No, I do not. Do I think the Steelers would possibly do it? Nope. I don’t see any reason why Mike Tomlin would be on the trading block...

But neither was Martavis Bryant until the Steelers were given the right offer.

For those people who would love to get rid of Mike Tomlin for whatever reason that I’ve been screaming from the rooftops for years, this just gives them something to salivate over in regards of getting something in return for something they’re ready to throw out with the trash. Some fans are so concerned with a 2020 first-round draft pick they would do almost anything to get one back. But right now, it’s a whole lot of talk and speculation with next to no validity behind it.

Look on the bright side- if Mike Tomlin did end up with the Washington Redskins, it would be a lot easier to paint his barn red.