Thursday, January 14th has been a busy day for the Pittsburgh Steelers. After informing offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett and secondary coach Tom Bradley they won’t be getting new contracts with the team, the Steelers also learned of veteran tight end coach James Daniel retiring.
Now the Steelers have to wait and see if some other coaches will be looking for work elsewhere in 2021.
The Miami Dolphins are interviewing quarterback coach Matt Canada for their offensive coordinator position, and now it seems the Steelers defensive assistant coach Teryl Austin is getting an opportunity to prove he is capable of another defensive coordinator job with the Tennessee Titans.
This per Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
More potential coaching departures for Steelers: Senior defensive assistant/secondary coach Teryl Austin is interviewing with the Tennessee Titans today to be their defensive coordinator.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) January 14, 2021
Austin came to the Steelers after being the Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator, and he has thrived in Pittsburgh reviving the team’s secondary. If Austin is offered the job in Nashville, you can’t blame him for taking it, considering it is being rumored the Steelers are keeping Keith Butler on a year-to-year basis.
If both Canada and Austin were to leave for greener pastures in 2021, the Steelers would have an incredible amount of coaching turnover heading into the new league year. Again, these are just interviews Canada and Austin are attending, but a whopping 6 new coaches would need to be hired if they were to get their promotions with other jobs.
As Thursday showed, business with the Steelers is picking up this offseason, and to stay on top of the news be sure to stay tuned to BTSC.