Analyzing Mike Tomlin and John Harbaugh’s Dominance

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November 18, 2012; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh shakes hands with Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin before the game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports



The AFC North is now home to two Super Bowl-winning head coaches after the baltimore Ravens laid claim to the Lombardi trophy this past season. Just three years ago, it was the Pittsburgh Steelers who were in the final game, but ultimately fell to the Green Bay Packers. Had they won, it would have been their third title in 5 seasons.

Needless to say, the AFC North is one of the NFL’s best division from top to bottom.

Even though Baltimore Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh is the coach of the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin has had more success in the same span.

This table details both coaches’ success with their teams since their first year as a HC:



Record + Playoffs



Win percentage



Playoff Berths



Division titles



Super Bowl titles



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  • Adam Banig

    The steelers fans who think Cowher is so, so much better than Tomlin, should read this piece! Good work Jason

    • joeblow

      Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Stooler fans will really be calling for a return of Cowher after the 2013 season when they finish last in the AFC North.

      • Adam Banig

        Just like many “stooler” lol. Fans were calling for the firing of Cowher for what seemed like a decade because he couldn’t win big games in the playoffs, had a few seasons where they missed the playoffs and a 6-10 season which resulted in the team being able to draft Ben.

        I seriously doubt the Steelers are going to finish last in the division. The ravens secondary without Reed and Pollard will probably be the worst in the division. Their ILBs are suspect, their LT is suspect. I don’t the ravens are going to be as good.

        The Bengals should be about the same.

        The Browns are the Browns. New coach, still very young and the worst Qb in the division.

        The steelers still have the best QB in the division with Ben and arguably still have the best defense.

        I fail to see how they finish last unless something drastic happens to them.

  • eddie burns

    who wrote this analysis…..based on the win %, times in the playoffs it would appear harbaugh has the better record. Who have the steelers brought in over the past 3 years that;s good….nobody!!!!!!