Tomlin quietly follows – and blazes – a trail

TAMPA, Fla. – As far as Mike Tomlin is concerned, it’s a “non-issue.” The Pittsburgh Steelers head coach wants to be judged by his record, not because he represents a particular demographic group.
He wouldn’t be the first person in his position who didn’t want to make an issue of race, but that’s not the issue. In a one-hour media session yesterday at Raymond James Stadium, Tomlin was asked a bunch of questions about his age. At 36, a year younger than Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner, Tomlin would be the youngest head coach to win a Super Bowl.

“It’s just a story,” Tomlin said. “I’m sure some day another guy will come along and eclipse me.”