The Pittsburgh Steelers’ fan base was furious with the way the 2018 regular season ended, and the majority wanted some proverbial heads to roll. There was one name which topped the list, outside of Mike Tomlin, and that was defensive coordinator Keith Butler.
Some coaches were released, but none which satiated the fans’ appetite for change.
With Butler looking as if he isn’t going anywhere, now the team has started the process of adding, not subtracting, coaches. They started by bringing in former Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.
Steelers have hired Teryl Austin as a senior defensive assistant/secondary. Former Bengals DC was on the head coaching circuit not long ago. Will help Steelers' growing subpackage football.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) January 11, 2019
Austin was brought in to be a defensive assistant, and to help Tom Bradley with the secondary. Austin coached under Bradley at Penn State, and has been a coaching lifer throughout the NFL. As reported by Jeremy Fowler, it will be Austin’s job to get the secondary in line with the modern standards and sub packages.
This report comes on the heals of reports of the Steelers beefing up their coaching staff this offseason, rather than potentially slimming it down. Austin is a Pittsburgh native who played college football at the University of Pittsburgh, and his job with the Steelers won’t be an easy one as the team hopes to have their defense return to a more complete form, and not just one which puts up high sack totals every season.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they offseason continues on.