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My early pick for Coach of the Year? No relation to Lilly

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Posted March 20, 2007 @ midnight
Updated Oct. 06, 2010 @ 7:26 p.m.
By Eric Edholm

The more I read and hear about Mike Tomlin, the more I think the guy is going to be a hit in Pittsburgh right away. If there's a team that knows how to pick coaches, it's Pittsburgh; who cares if they have only chosen two in the past 38 years? That's the point, isn't it? To get a good one and keep him?

Tomlin has laid down the law in that town -- and it's only March. The veterans seem to know who's in charge, and that's a very good thing for a new coach, especially a young one. That said, I think we make too much  noise about younger head coaches doing well in the league. How did Eric Mangini fare in Year One? Tomlin is this year's Mangini: tough, smart, dedicated ... and the same age as Bill Cowher when he took over so long ago. Now, Cowher's semi-retired (we all know what that means) and is right at 50. the age matters not. The drive, intellect and motivational skills are what's most important.

I think Tomlin has those, and I'll be keeping close tabs on him. I like the Steelers to bounce back next season and Tomlin to win Coach of the Year. 

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