The one and only time a Pittsburgh Steelers head coach has won the AP NFL Coach of the Year award was after the 1992 season when Bill Cowher coached his team to an 11–5 record. Can Mike Tomlin finally win the award for the first time in his career in 2016? While it’s certainly possible, Tomlin is far from the favorite.
According to the latest future odds released by Bovada, Tomlin enters the preseason with 12/1 odds to win this year’s AP NFL Coach of the Year award. Also listed with the same odds as Tomlin are Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.
As you can see below, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer are the favorites to win this year’s award. Arians, by the way, has won the word twice in the last four years.
Since being hired by the Steelers in 2007, Tomlin has never had a losing season in Pittsburgh on his way to registering a current regular season record of 92–52 (.639). Another 12 or more wins this season followed by him winning a few playoff games, should put him in the running to finally win the elusive award.