Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/27/12

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 29: Head coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers coaches against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 20-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
So the Pittsburgh Steelers did the only sensible thing they could do, by extending coach Mike Tomlin for three more seasons – which means his current contract now runs through the 2016 season.   It was a no-brainer for an organization that prides itself on coaching continuity; the Steelers have had exactly three head coaches since 1969.   After five highly successful seasons on the sidelines for Pittsburgh, Tomlin is surprisingly one of the longest-tenured coaches in the AFC.  LONGEST SERVING CURRENT AFC COACHES * playoff appearances in parentheses 12 seasons ­– Bill Belichick, New England (9) 9 ­– Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati (3) 6 – Gary Kubiak, Houston (1) 5 – Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh (4) 5 – Norv Turner, San Diego (3) 4 – John Harbaugh, Baltimore (4)  SUPER BOWL APPEARANCES (Record) 5 (3-2) – Belichick 2 (1-1)  – Tomlin   Of  those AFC coaches who’ve been with their current teams for at least four seasons, only Belichick has a better resume than Tomlin.  Of course, the P
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