Analyzing Mike Tomlin and John Harbaugh’s Dominance

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Feb 3, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It is worth pointing out Tomlin inherited a good team from Bill Cowher, and won a title with most of the same players from that 2006 championship team. Harbaugh inherited a mediocre team from Brian Billick that had just gone 5-11 and was seven years removed from a Super Bowl. He turned it around to the point they’ve been in the postseason every year he’s been their HC, and are now the defending Super Bowl champions.

Head to head, Tomlin leads with a 7-5 record. Three of Harbaugh’s wins came with the benefit of not having to face Ben Roethlisberger. One of Tomlin’s wins came without Roethlisberger as well.

We could argue all-day who’s a better coach, but one thing’s for certain: Takeaway Bill Belichick from the New England Patriots and Tom Coughlin from the New York Giants, and you’ve got the two most successful NFL head coaches over the past 5 seasons.


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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!!!!!!