The Pittsburgh Steelers are still in the market for an offensive coordinator for the 2021 season. With reports of Matt Canada being the front runner and former Brown’s head coach Hugh Jackson being interviewed earlier this week, it’s Steelers wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard who is interviewing in Detroit for their open offensive coordinator position. This per Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer:
Source: The Lions are interviewing Steelers receivers coach Ike Hilliard for their open offensive coordinator position this afternoon.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 21, 2021
The Steelers hired Hilliard as their wide receivers coach during the 2020 offseason. After only one season in Pittsburgh, Hilliard has been credited in the development of the Steelers young wide receivers who had three players all with at least 800 receiving yards for the first time in franchise history.
Hilliard’s coaching experience started as an assistant wide receivers coach with the Miami Dolphins in 2011, but in 2012 Hilliard was brought in as a wide receivers coach under Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins. But 2013 saw him leave Washington and head to the Buffalo Bills with the same position title. In 2014 he came back to the nation’s capital under Jay Gruden, and stayed there through the 2019 season. During the 2019 season, Hilliard helped to develop a group of rookie wide receivers which included Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims. McLaurin finished the season with 58 receptions for 919 yards and 7 touchdowns, and was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team.
Drafted as the seventh selection overall in the 1997 draft by the New York Giants, Hilliard played eight seasons in New York where he caught 30 touchdowns. Hilliard finished his playing career in Tampa Bay where he played four seasons and added another eight touchdowns. Hilliard might be best known for his 10 reception, 155 yard, and two touchdown performance in the 2000 NFC Championship game. After defeating the Minnesota Vikings 41-0 to advance to Super Bowl XXXV, the Giants eventually fell to the Baltimore Ravens.
Whether or not Hilliard was considered for the Steelers offensive coordinator position has not been reported.
Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain for continued news as the Steelers look to finalize their coaching staff for the 2021 season.