Tomlin brushes off Redskins coaching rumor


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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, right, with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, left -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

No sooner had the Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden than a report surfaced that owner Daniel Snyder had Mike Tomlin atop his wish list for potential long-term replacements.

It set the social media world afire Monday, despite the fact Tomlin has a job as the head coach of the Steelers.

Tomlin addressed the issue at his press conference Tuesday, saying he's got a lot more pressing issues to worry about with his team sitting at 1-4 heading to Los Angeles to face the Chargers this week.

"I'm not worried about that, to be quite honest with you," Tomlin said. "I'm the head coach of a 1-4 football team that's going on the road to face a Hall of Fame-caliber quarterback with my third quarterback. Do you think I'm worried about anything other than that?"

The Steelers will be starting third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges this weekend after starter Ben Roethlisberger went down in Week 2 with a season-ending elbow injury and backup Mason Rudolph suffered a concussion in last Sunday's 26-23 overtime loss to the Ravens.

They'll face a team in the Chargers (2-3) that is equally as desperate for a win behind quarterback Philip Rivers.

But that didn't stop the rumors from running rampant that Snyder had Tomlin on his short list of replacements for Gruden, who was fired Monday after six seasons with the Redskins. Assistant Bill Callahan was named the interim head coach.

Tomlin has been with the Steelers since 2007, compiling a 126-70-1 record while leading the team to a pair of Super Bowls, winning once.

He signed a one-year contract extension in the offseason that has him under contract through 2021, with an option year for 2022.


The Steelers have a legitimate cause here to file a grievance with the league for tampering. Snyder obviously talked to someone regarding his wish list for coaches. And Tomlin is under contract with the Steelers not just for this season, but beyond, as well.

That's a no-no in the NFL.

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