Tomlin deflects controversy with easy manner

He's no Bill Cowher. And to some, that's a good thing. But to others, all that matters is whether first-year coach Mike Tomlin can win, writes Joe Starkey.

Updated: May 15, 2007, 3:27 PM ET
By Joe Starkey | Special to ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- Every morning, Mike Tomlin takes a stroll through the Pittsburgh Steelers' glorious history.

It's unavoidable, actually. The hallway leading to Tomlin's office is lined with eye-popping reminders of the fact that he didn't get just any coaching job. He struck gold.

Or at least sterling silver. The five Vince Lombardi Trophies encased behind glass speak to that. On the opposite wall are blown-up team photos of the Steelers' five championship clubs, including the one coached ...

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