We knew quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple would not be retained by Mike Tomlin, but it now appears that Tomlin has settled on hiring former Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson as his replacement.
Anderson retired from the NFL in 1986, but rejoined the Bengals as their quarterbacks coach in 1993, a position he held until 1996. Anderson was promoted to Offensive Coordinator in '96, working for four years in that capacity. He returned to the Bengals quarterbacks coach for the 2001 and 2002 seasons before joining the Jacksonville Jaguars. Anderson was fired by Jack Del Rio at the end of this season.
It's difficult to have too much of a take on something like this, though I like the idea of taking things in a different direction from Whipple. With that said, with the struggles that plagued Ben Roethlisberger this season, it's critical that whomever is asked to be Big Ben's coach be able to restore his confidence and elevate his play to his 2005 playoff level.