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Finding where Mike Tomlin ranks among fellow NFL head coaches

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Head coach rankings have Mike Tomlin everywhere from a top tier coach to middle-of-the-road. Where do you have him among his 31 peers?

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In the NFL, Power Rankings reign supreme. As much as fans disdain the practice of creating content by creating lists, they get the job done. They get eyeballs on the content, and they create conversation. In the website business, that is what we call a win-win. recently ranked all 32 NFL head coaches, and as someone who follows the Pittsburgh Steelers, where Mike Tomlin falls on lists like these is always interesting. Some sites will have him as a top tier coach, while others will have him near the middle of the pack.

In this particular article, they have Tomlin ranked as No. 4. Take a look at what they said about the ranking, as well as the Top 10.

1. Bill Belichick — New England Patriots
2. Pete Carroll — Seattle Seahawks
3. Mike McCarthy — Green Bay Packers

4. Mike Tomlin — Pittsburgh Steelers
“Perhaps the AFC version of Pete Carroll ... Like Carroll, Tomlin seems to have a way with his players that other teams can't emulate. Like Carroll, he owns both a Super Bowl ring and a Super Bowl loss. And like Carroll's Seahawks, Tomlin's Steelers tend to drop some "gimme" road games people expect them to win. Thus, Tomlin isn't always considered a top-shelf head coach. But that's rubbish. His guys play for him, and at the end of the day, that's what counts.”

5. Andy Reid — Kansas City Chiefs
6. John Harbaugh — Baltimore Ravens
7. Bruce Arians — Arizona Cardinals
8. Ron Rivera — Carolina Panthers
9. Sean Payton — New Orleans Saints
10. Mike Zimmer — Minnesota Vikings

Most Top 10 lists of NFL head coaches would have almost the exact same names in the Top 5, with numbers 2-5 being any number of combination of coaches.

Fans will argue whether Tomlin should be ranked higher, or lower, but it made me wonder just where the fan base of the Steelers truly views their favorite team’s head coach.

Take the time to place a vote in the poll below, and a follow-up article will ensue with the results!


Where do you feel Mike Tomlin should be ranked among other NFL head coaches?

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  • 16%
    No. 1 — Wouldn’t want anyone else coaching the Steelers
    (217 votes)
  • 60%
    Top 5 — He is good, but has his issues
    (781 votes)
  • 13%
    5-10 — Too many glaring problems to be a Top 5 coach
    (173 votes)
  • 7%
    Middle-of-the-road — Just an average coach with good players
    (92 votes)
  • 1%
    Back of the pack — Tomlin isn’t a good coach at all. Time to move on...
    (24 votes)
1287 votes total Vote Now