The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season ended abruptly, albeit not unpredictably.
They were 9.5-point underdogs entering the Wild Card game vs. the Buffalo Bills, and not many people trusted Mason Rudolph to lead the way.
Then again, the biggest storyline of the day didn’t have anything to do with the actual game but with what happened later.
HC Mike Tomlin stormed out of his press conference after being asked about his future with the team.
Now, a couple of days later, it seems like that’s all water under the bridge, as he told reporters that he was in a better mood and asked if anyone had any contract-related questions to ask (via Adam Schefter).
Steelers' HC Mike Tomlin: "I'm in a much better mood today. Anyone have any contract questions?"
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 18, 2024
Schefter had shared a report about Tomlin potentially walking away from the team to take a year off as he was about to enter the final year of his pact with the organization.
Given his credibility, most people assumed it could actually be true, but that never came from the coach or his inner circle.
Cam Heyward and T.J. Watt showed their support for Tomlin, but him storming out like that didn’t do much to appease the rumors.
Even so, given his track record and reputation in this league, it’s more than evident that the franchise had no intention whatsoever to move on from him.
There’s a big chance he could even sign a contract extension this offseason.
He’s still young for a head coach and will now be the longest-tenured coach in the entire league, and he’ll have a big chip on his shoulder to prove that he’s still one of the best in business.