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The season for the Pittsburgh Steelers is over, having dropped their Wild Card postseason game last weekend to the Buffalo Bills. And now, questions are swirling as to what kind of offseason changes that the team could be making, which also include speculation on the future of head coach Mike Tomlin.
According to a report earlier this week, Tomlin let his players know that he plans on returning next year, and he himself confirmed that during his end-of-season press conference yesterday, saying that he and team owner Art Rooney II have a good relationship.
"I expect to be back, and I would imagine that those contract things are going to run their course," Tomlin said at his end-of-season news conference Thursday. "Art [Rooney II] and I have a really good, transparent relationship. We communicate continually often. I don't imagine it's going to be an issue, and I imagine it's going to get done in a timely manner at the appropriate time, but my mindset is to coach his football team."
Tomlin went viral for walking out of his postgame press conference on Sunday after the loss against Buffalo in the middle of a reporter beginning to ask him about his future.
"I certainly could have handled that situation better than I did," Tomlin said. "But I'll also say this, I just believe there's a time and place for everything and postgame press conferences are probably not the place to address contract issues and things of that nature. It's just a very individual thing, and on game day I doubt any of us are in that mindset, Certainly I am not."
"I coach football; that's what I do," Tomlin said. "I'm respectful of the position that I hold. I have no sense of entitlement in terms of what I do. I just got a high level of respect for what we all do in this space, and I try to earn it daily, and I think that's just my mentality.
"I don't ponder a lot of things. I'm appreciative of things daily, and I try to work with urgency daily, and I don't know that that has changed. It probably hasn't from my perspective. I'm always on go."