Let’s be honest, there hasn’t been a lot of good news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers since their season ended abruptly to the Cleveland Browns in the Wild Card Round of the AFC Playoffs.
There have been coaches fired, and hired, and some coaches facing the opportunity of promotion. One of those coaches was defensive assistant Teryl Austin. Austin was interviewed for the Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator position, but Mike Vrabel ultimately decided to go in a different direction.
.@Titans promote Todd Downing to OC, Shane Bowen to DC as Mike Vrabel sets staff.— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) January 29, 2021
"I am excited for all of these guys taking the next step with us."
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With the Titans solidifying their coaching staff, it means Austin is clear to resume his position with the Steelers, but you have to wonder what Austin’s title will be heading into 2021.
With Tom Bradley being let go after the season, it meant the Steelers will have to fill the role of the secondary coach. Since Austin worked specifically with the secondary, there is a chance the Steelers opt to not hire another coach and just have Austin absorb the duties Bradley possessed when he was with the team.
Austin is a veteran coach, and has experience as a defensive coordinator in the league. In fact, he was the Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator before he was hired by the Steelers to join their staff. It shouldn’t be a coincidence it was when Austin arrived to the team when the secondary started to turn things around and become more effective.
While it isn’t good new for Austin, who likely wants another shot at being a coordinator, it could be viewed as good news for the Steelers. At this point the Steelers still need to fill the following coaching positions sooner, rather than later:
Offensive Line Coach
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they fill out their coaching staff, prepare for the new league year and the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.