Steel City Stability
Pittsburgh's stability has been a driving force behind its success.
By: Steven Lassan | 2/5/11, 5:35 PM EST
No matter the sport or whether it’s at the professional or collegiate ranks, all teams want stability. Having a solid foundation from the owner to the head coach is one of the building blocks to winning for any team in the NFL. Make changes too often and you lose an identity. Wait too late to make a change and your franchise can suffer a setback that takes years to recover.
Cowher stepped down after the 2007 season, leaving the Steelers with an important hire. The team was still in its prime, with the window open for more trips to the Super Bowl. Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt or offensive line coach Russ Grimm were the fan favorites to succeed Cowher. However, the Rooney family decided to go outside of the Cowher coaching staff and pick a young defensive coordinator from Minnesota. The hire of Mike Tomlin was similar to Cowher – young, energetic and a defensive mind.
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