The Pittsburgh Steelers are searching for their next offensive coordinator. It seems likely that guy will have a vastly different philosophy from his predecessors as Mike Tomlin looks outside the organization for guys that fit the mold of what the team needs now.
But Steelers captain Cam Heyward has some guys he would like to see there, too. He listed three candidates that he believes could change what the offense brings to the table next year.
“A guy like Eric Bieniemy, who’s had a lot of success in Kansas City,” Heyward said on his podcast, Not Just Football. “A name that’s been talked about, not just with the Steelers, talking offensive coordinators in general, is Shane Waldron, Bobby Slowik. I don’t like to play GM, but there are some interesting names out there. It’s got to be a guy that’s able to get a lot of guys involved and lead a group, so it’s going to be interesting.”
Bieniemy was interviewed for the Washington Commanders’ head coaching job, while Bobby Slowik is entrenched as the Texans’ offensive coordinator while getting head coaching jobs. Until Washington ultimately hires their next head coach, Bieniemy will not know his fate on the market, so that could be a high-upside swing that the Steelers decide they want to take.
Waldron makes sense. Coming from the Sean McVay tree and working with the Seahawks’ offensive players and limitations, he fits exactly what the Steelers want from a play-calling and schematic standpoint. His quarterback coaching background should help ease Kenny Pickett into any next step he would like to take.
Heyward might get his wish with one of those three names, but there are other guys, like Pep Hamilton, who make just as much sense with Tomlin’s criteria for offensive coordinators, too. But it’s clear the team wants someone who can lead a group and embrace some innovative ideas on that side of the football.