Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has a new two-year contract extension though 2018, which the Steelers announced Thursday.
That means we can look forward to more competition between Tomlin and Ravens coach John Harbaugh. The Tomlin-Harbaugh rivalry is part of the Steelers-Ravens rivalry that might be the NFL’s best. Both coaches have won Super Bowls. Both are known as “player's coaches”, able to connect with different personalities. Both are intense competitors, who let their emotions show on the sideline during games.
In fact, Tomlin doesn't always stay on the sidelines. Who can forget Tomlin venturing onto the field of play during the 2013 season, as Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones was returning a kickoff?
The wins and losses when Harbaugh and Tomlin meet are almost even. Harbaugh and Tomlin have coached 17 times against each other, including the playoffs, and Tomlin holds a 9-8 edge. However, Harbaugh has gotten the better of Tomlin lately. Tomlin won six of the first eight games he coached against Harbaugh, but Harbaugh has won six of the last nine, including the Ravens’ January playoff victory in Pittsburgh.
Harbaugh and Tomlin will never be best friends, but their history against each other has forged a mutual respect. Considering their track record of success, the Harbaugh-Tomlin rivalry could continue for quite some time.