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A list of potential candidates for the Steelers vacant quarterback coach position

The Steelers intend on naming a quarterback coach after promoting Matt Canada to offensive coordinator .

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With the Pittsburgh Steelers promoting Matt Canada to the role of offensive coordinator, the organization plans on naming someone else their quarterback coach. With the coaching carousel heating up, a number of names will quickly be snatched up. With time of the essence I bring to you a list of available coaching candidates that could be tasked with shaping the future of the Steelers quarterback position.


Pep Hamilton

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Once thought to be one of the candidates for the Steelers offensive coordinator job, Pep Hamilton might have to return to his role as a quarterback coach. He is still up for the coordinator job in Tennessee. However, that's the only job he has interviewed for that remains vacant.

Lateral moves for coaches are not allowed unless its to join a brand new head coach. In the case of Hamilton, he has been removed from the Los Angeles Chargers coaching staff page online. If he has been fired, he’s free to take any job of his choosing. That job might just be in Pittsburgh.


Hue Jackson

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Hue Jackson was the other of the three reported interviews for the Steelers offensive coordinator position. Coach Jackson has been out of the NFL for a number of years now, and if doesn't land a role elsewhere taking a role as a quarterback coach could get him back into the league.

The former Browns and Raiders head coach is remembered more favorably as an assistant and his knowledge would be welcome to the position group.


Tim Kelly

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My original prediction to become the Steelers next quarterback coach, Tim Kelly is still an option. Kelly is just 34 years old and by all accounts is a bright young mind of the NFL. He helped develop Deshaun Watson into one of the best quarterbacks in the game today and is destined to one day be a head coach in this league.

The problem here is the Texans have blocked Kelly from interviewing for jobs this offseason. However, he may become available whenever the Texans figure out their head coach spot.


Tony Elliott

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Clemson Tigers offensive coordinator, Tony Elliott is a name to watch as a future head coach in either the NCAA or even the NFL. He may be persuaded to join an NFL team following the departure of Trevor Lawrence via the NFL Draft. Elliott may choose to stay at Clemson to mentor rising star, D.J. Uiagalelei but a change of scenery might be welcome.


Ben McAdoo

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Homer City, Pennsylvania’s own Ben McAdoo was a catastrophic failure as a head coach in New York but has since manned the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback room. Having Pennsylvania ties is always good for a coach trying to get a job in Pittsburgh and he might get a shot to return home.


Jay Gruden

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Another former Jaguars assistant, Jay Gruden was the reigning offensive coordinator of the Jags until the coaching staffs dismissal. Gruden was most notably the Washington Football Team’s head coach for six seasons, and prior to that was the offensive play caller in Cincinnati for three seasons. AFC North experience is also great from landing a job in Pittsburgh.


Blaine Stewart

In what would be an unsurprising move, the Steelers could simply promote from within to fill the position. Blaine Stweart has been with the Steelers as an offensive assistant for three years where he was most recently the assistant wide receivers coach. In his first season with the team in 2018, it was reported Stewart was working with the quarterbacks while Randy Fichtner was attempting to do both roles. If the Steelers wanted someone on the inside, Stewart would most likely be the guy.


The Steelers are wasting no time in trying to fill the position as one additional name, Mike Sullivan (no, not the Penguins coach) is already in the mix for the position.

What do you think? Who will be the Steelers next quarterback coach? Any names you don’t see need to be mentioned? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below.