The Pittsburgh Steelers have one of the smallest coaching staffs in the NFL, but that might be changing as the team heads into the 2020 season. The team already added a quarterbacks coach to their roster when they brought former Pitt, NC State and LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada to their staff, but when Team President Art Rooney II met with media Wednesday he made it clear the team might not be done adding to their current coaching staff.
This via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Art Rooney II didn't discount more additions to the coaching staff aside from QB coach Matt Canada, but he deferred to coach Mike Tomlin. Art II said Tomlin will be finalizing any changes next week at the Senior Bowl.— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) January 15, 2020
Many often wonder what other coach they could add, and quarterbacks coach was certainly the most glaring need after a season where Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges clearly could have benefited from a coach dedicated to helping them throughout a tumultuous season.
But where else could they add a coach? Some might suggest an outside linebacker coach is one area where you could add someone to take the load off Defensive Coordinator Keith Butler’s shoulders. After the team let former player Joey Porter go after the 2018 season, it was Butler who took over the role as outside linebackers coach along with the primary duties as defensive coordinator.
Other areas where you could see someone added to the staff could be to help with special teams in some fashion, but the Steelers clearly don’t like to have an inflated coaching staff, and that could be a Mike Tomlin thing, not necessarily an Art Rooney II thing.
I feel most would agree the team bringing in a quarterbacks coach, a role Randy Fichtner used to hold prior to being promoted to the offensive coordinator position, was a good decision. And Art Rooney II spoke about how he and Tomlin agreed upon Canada as the man for the job.
This too from Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
On the hiring of QB coach Matt Canada, Art Rooney II said: "I think Mike and I both felt it was an opportunity that we had and good to add somebody to the staff that can help with the young quarterbacks as well help with the offense."— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) January 15, 2020
Will the Steelers continue to add coaches to their staff heading into the offseason? Only time will tell, but time is running out as Rooney stated all changes and/or additions should be done before the Senior Bowl which will take place next week.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they start their 2020 NFL Draft prep, as well as prepare for NFL Free Agency which will kick off in March.