The Pittsburgh Steelers are a storied franchise, and when one of the team’s records from the glory days of the 1970s falls, a lot of fans don’t like it. Whether you are talking about rushing or passing records, most point to the fact the game was different, and the seasons are longer now, as a reason why.
However, one record, which could potentially fall this regular season, who many thought would never be broken was Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw’s combined wins record of 107. Nonetheless, Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin, who are sitting on 105 wins, could break that record this season.
As pointed out by Dom Rinelli, of the Steelers Public Relations team, the coach/quarterback tandem has done a tremendous job since Tomlin took over the Steelers in 2007.
Head Coach Mike Tomlin and QB Ben Roethlisberger have 105 regular-season wins together - the second-most wins in #Steelers history and the fourth-most in NFL history by a HC-QB duo:— Dom Rinelli (@drinelli) December 12, 2017
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While the Noll/Bradshaw record is clearly within reach, the duo could certainly move into second on the list if Ben Roethlisberger returns for the 2018 season. It is safe to say the Bill Belichik/Tom Brady pairing is certainly in its own stratosphere, but Tomlin and Roethlisberger have done nothing but win together.
Of the coach/quarterback tandems listed above, it is worth noting the amount of time the two have spent together, to give the totals a little perspective.
Brady/Belichick - 17 seasons
Shula/Marino - 12 seasons
Noll/Bradshaw - 13 seasons
Tomlin/Roethlisberger - 11 seasons
While Tomlin and Roethlisberger will likely never top this list, the fact they have won as many games as they have in such a short amount of time is impressive. Surpassing Noll and Bradshaw isn’t a small feat, and one which the fan base should treasure.