Mike Tomlin Was Once 'Very Close' To Leaving For Surprising Job

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By : Raam Dhakad

It's hard to imagine anyone other than Mike Tomlin coaching the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it reportedly happened a while back.

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CBS Sports' Josina Anderson said Tuesday that one of the NFL's three longest-tenured head coaches is rumored to be potentially stepping down in the near future.

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While he did not specify which, only Bill Belichick has held the position longer than Tomlin, who replaced the retiring Bill Cowher in 2007.

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Anderson's co-worker, Aditi Kinkhabwala, said Tomlin was "very close" to taking a TV job a few years ago. However, he is no longer following that area.

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Tomlin certainly wouldn't be the first decorated head coach to leave the sidelines for a media role.

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Cowher is a regular on CBS' The NFL Today. Sean Payton left the New Orleans Saints this year to pursue a role with Fox.

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Tomlin has gone 157–91–2 in 250 career regular-season games. Pittsburgh has finished .500 or better in each of its first 15 seasons, but that could change unless the Steelers stay 3-6 down the stretch

He's charismatic enough to imagine a smooth transition into an analyst job, but the 50-year-old probably isn't seeking an exit from coaching now.

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