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Mike Tomlin has great line about long partnership with Ben Roethlisberger

Mike Tomlin and Ben Roetlhisberger have enjoyed the advantage of being paired with each other for 12 of the quarterback’s 15 NFL seasons.

The Pittsburgh Steelers head coach reflected upon their lengthy partnership this week and had a great explanation for how the two have managed to remain together for so long.

 “Win games”, Tomlin succinctly stated Tuesday, via Steelers Depot.

A 41-17 thrashing of the Atlanta Falcons back in October gave the Tomlin-Roethlisberger pairing 108 regular-season wins, which made the duo the all-time leaders in coach-quarterback tandems in Steelers franchise history, surpassing Chuck Knoll and Terry Bradshaw.

The tandem of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady not surprisingly have the most paired career victories with 205. Sean Payton and Drew Brees became second all-time (117) after Monday night’s win over the Panthers, with Don Shula-Dan Marino in third (116). Tomlin and Roethlisberger currently are in fourth-place with 114 victories.

Tomlin recognizes that it’s the consistent success he and Roethliberger have enjoyed that has made their partnership so long-lasting, and it would not have been possible if the losses piled up over the years.

“That’s just how it goes,” Tomlin said. “The coach and the quarterback get run out of town [if they don’t win games].”

The chance for Tomlin and Roethlisberger to notch their 115th victory won’t be easy on Sunday, as the Steelers (8-5) face the New Orleans Saints (12-2) on the road at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.