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Steelers Mike Tomlin second coach players want to play for the most

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Tomlin finished behind Seattle's Pete Carroll in an NFL Nation poll conducted by ESPN.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

Steelers Mike Tomlin is, according to an ESPN poll, the second-most popular coach among the players in the NFL.

Obviously.

Tomlin earned 44 votes, second behind Seattle's Pete Carroll - who earned 71 votes - in the poll. ESPN NFL beat writers each asked 10 players a series of questions, leading to 320 total votes cast. Apparently plenty of players don't feel Tomlin being on the field during a kickoff is that big of a deal. Ravens coach John Harbaugh received 10 votes.

Obviously.

Denver's John Fox received 26 votes with New England's Bill Belichick and Jets' Rex Ryan each got 23. Kansas City's Andy Reid had 22 votes and New Orleans' Sean Payton had 21.

San Francisco's Jim Harbaugh had 16.

Tomlin has come under fire after consecutive 8-8 seasons and the lack of a playoff win since after the 2010 season. His popularity remains high with the players, apparently, and perhaps that will help in the upcoming free agency market.

Obviously.