Tomlin In At Pittsburgh

A press conference will be held today to announce the hiring of former Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin as the new head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers -- ending a whirlwhind 24 hours of denials, announcements of other candidate hirings, and questions concerning who would represent the Vikings at Mobile for the Senior Bowl workouts.

While the Pittsburgh Steelers have yet to say anything definitive, Mike Tomlin will be announced today as the new head coach of the team.

After a series of denials that any deal had been struck, even the NFL Network played a scroll on the bottom of its screen saying that Tomlin had been hired. Word VU is hearing is that the contract will call for a four-year contract worth between $10-11 million. But, seeing as nobody is talking on the record, take it for what it's worth.

Pittsburgh's gain is the Vikings loss. Word began leaking out as a result of Tomlin being asked not to travel with the Vikings coaching contingent for the Senior Bowl in Alabama. When the first red flags came up that Tomlin might be a cross-purposes by representing the Vikings in Mobile, the pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place. As much as the Steelers prefer to keep such matters in-house, the network of information began to buzz. The secret became reality Sunday afternoon.

For the Vikings, the question now becomes where to proceed? Two candidates within the organization that have been speculated as potential replacements are linebackers coach Fred Pagac and D-line coach Karl Dunbar. Whether Brad Childress chooses to promote from within or go outside the organization is yet to be seen, but the fast track on Tomlin going from assistant to head coach came faster than anyone in the Vikings organization could have forseen.

From the Vikings' perspective, most, if not all, at the top level of the team are happy for Tomlin, but they probably wish he could have been a better-kept secret than he turned out being.

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