The NFL has made the decision to move some of its games from ‘visiting’ cities. This is a business decision and the league will likely seek out teams with less local support that could be moved without causing too much uproar (such as Baltimore, which held a referendum in response). One former team felt it was time for change: The Oakland Raiders have been recently considered for relocation. Raider Nation hasn’t taken kindly to what they feel is an attempt at stealing their team away and if the Silver & Black were looking forward into 2019, there would be one name coming up again and again – Mike Tomlin.
“The Raiders have been trying to trade for Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, and it sounds like they’re not going to stop until they get him.” Read more in detail here: sportscasting.
The head coaching position with the Las Vegas Raiders may be the most intriguing in the NFL. They’ll be the only playoff club searching for a coach this summer, and interim head coach Rich Bisaccia has a good chance of getting the position full-time. However, since it is the Raiders, a bold, unexpected move is imaginable. Jay Glazer and Albert Breer, two NFL insiders, even speculated that a Mike Tomlin deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers may be on the table.
Mike Tomlin is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the National Football League.
Bill Cowher, the team’s long-time head coach, stepped down following the 2006 season. The Pittsburgh Steelers hired Mike Tomlin, a 34-year-old offensive coordinator, as their next coach. At the time, the young coach’s career spanned six seasons as a position coach in college, five years as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive backs coach, and a single season as the Minnesota Vikings’ defensive coordinator.
The Steelers were rewarded for their risk.
Tomlin, at 36, became the youngest head coach to ever win a Super Bowl on Feb. 1, 2009, in just his second season as a head coach.
Since then, he hasn’t won a Lombardi Trophy. Tomlin, on the other hand, has become one of the NFL’s most successful and longest-serving head coaches. Only Bill Belichick and Sean Payton have spent more time with their respective clubs. Among current coaches, only Belichick (290) and Andy Reid (233) have more victories than Tomlin (154).
Most impressively, Tomlin has never experienced a losing season in his 15 years as a head coach in the NFL. That’s something neither Belichick nor Reid can claim. Neither can Don Shula, the all-time winningest coach, nor Vince Lombardi himself.
With this tremendous run, Tomlin should be able to keep his job as Steelers head coach for as long as he wants.
But what if Mark Davis and the Raiders give the Steelers an offer they can’t refuse in exchange for Mike Tomlin?
Is it possible that a Mike Tomlin trade is in the works?
Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Mark Davis, owner of the Las Vegas Raiders | Todd Olszewski/Getty Images; Ethan Miller/Getty Images.
While no one has confirmed that owner Mark Davis, general manager Mike Mayock, and the Las Vegas Raiders are actively exploring a Mike Tomlin trade, two well-respected NFL sources have lately stated that this is a possibility.
On the FOX NFL Sunday pregame broadcast on Sunday, Glazer was the first to propose it. He told Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, and the rest of the crew when discussing head coaching vacancies:
Rich Bisaccia has done an excellent job, but I believe the Raiders would welcome the opportunity to go and maybe get a rock star. Consider making a transaction for someone. Mike Tomlin or Sean Payton, for example. Something similar to it.
On a Mike Tomlin swap, Jay Glazer
Albert Breer of The MMQB joined The Herd with Colin Cowherd a day later and speculated:[The Raiders’ coaching search] has both business and non-business aspects. And if they lose to the Bengals on Saturday, they could conclude that in order to build a name for themselves in Vegas, they’ll have to go Big Game hunting. We’ll have to look at trading for a Mike Tomlin.’
Albert Breer was acquired in a Mike Tomlin deal.
Glazer and Breer aren’t stand-up comedians or talk show presenters who need to fill hours of broadcast time by acting out crazy situations. They’re NFL insiders, and although neither of them went so far as to state that sources have told them this is a possibility, it’s interesting that they both highlighted the same, apparently obscure possibility.
And, as unbelievable as it may sound, a Mike Tomlin move would not be the first time in NFL history that a club traded its head coach for draft selections.
In the NFL, there has been a long history of coach trades.
Buccaneers last team to trade for coach w/ Raiders for Jon Gruden in 2002. TB dealt 2002 1st & 2nd, 2003 1st and 2004 2nd round picks
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) February 21, 2014
A Mike Tomlin deal isn’t as outlandish as it may seem. Trading for a head coach has occurred before (most notably with the New York Jets) and has benefited a number of clubs.
There have been a few major NFL head coaching transactions in the recent 25 years. These deals, according to Sports Illustrated, included:
- 1997: Bill Parcells is acquired by the New York Jets from the New England Patriots in exchange for a 1999 first-round selection, a 1998 second-round pick, and 1997 third- and fourth-round choices (plus a $300,000 payment to Patriots charities).
- New England Patriots acquire Bill Belichick and 2000 fifth- and seventh-round selections from the New York Jets in exchange for their first-, fourth-, and seventh-round choices in 2000.
- 2002: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquire Jon Gruden from the Oakland Raiders in exchange for first- and second-round selections in 2002 and 2003, as well as second-round picks in 2002 and 2004.
- 2006: The Kansas City Chiefs acquire Herm Edwards from the New York Jets in exchange for a second-round selection in 2006.
The Parcells swap went off without a hitch. At three seasons in New Jersey, Parcells was 29-19 with one playoff appearance. The Edwards deal, on the other hand, is a different story. In KC, the coach who plays to win the game only has 15 wins and 33 losses. He did, however, appear in one postseason game.
The Gruden trade turned out to be a far better deal. In his debut season in Tampa, the head coach went 12-4. He even won the Super Bowl, defeating his previous club in the biggest game of the year.
The verdict on the Belichick deal is still out, but it seems that the Patriots fared somewhat better than the Jets.
A Mike Tomlin deal between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers would be a major move that deserves to be included on this interesting list.
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Two NFL insiders, Jay Glazer and Albert Breer, floated the idea of the Las Vegas Raiders going “big game hunting” with a Mike Tomlin trade. The idea is that the Raiders would trade their first round pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach. Reference: lv raiders.
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