Sad News: Pittsburgh Steelers manager has fired his quaterback……

Mike Tomlin told players during a team meeting Tuesday that he plans to be the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach next season and that he didn’t answer a question about this future following the team’s 31-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the AFC wild-card round because doing so would have lent credibility to something the coach felt was unfounded speculation, multiple players who were in the meeting said to The Athletic

The question about Tomlin’s future in Pittsburgh came near the end of his postgame news conference. Tomlin did not answer and instead, walked away from the podium. This, coupled with the early playoff exit, several media reports questioning his future and that Tomlin is about to enter the final year of his contract, helped heighten public speculation about Tomlin’s time in Pittsburgh.

Earlier on Tuesday, Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward defended Tomlin during a passionate speech to reporters. Heyward questioned the disrespect Tomlin’s been shown in terms of his job.

“Why would he answer a question like that?” Heyward said about Tomlin’s job status. “He was worried about trying to win a playoff game, and then last night, we just lost a big playoff game. Why does he have to address that then?”

Tomlin has been the Steelers’ coach for 17 seasons, making him the longest-tenured coach in the NFL with Bill Belichick’s departure from the Patriots. He has a 173-100-2 record in Pittsburgh and led the Steelers to a Super Bowl win in 2009. The team has never posted a losing record under Tomlin, but hasn’t won a playoff game since 2017.

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If Tomlin wants to return in 2024, it’s hard to imagine the Steelers going in another direction. This is an organization that doesn’t like to pay people not to work. Pittsburgh was reluctant to move on from failed offensive coordinator Matt Canada a year ago at this time, in part, because he had one year remaining on his deal, a decision that ultimately came back to bite it.

If Tomlin wants to return to the Steelers, the next question is this: Will he simply ride out the final year of his deal, or will he get a contract extension this offseason?

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