The Pittsburgh Steelers have hired a new analytics staffer to their front office. Pittsburgh’s website now lists Donovan Moore Jr. as a football analyst. Alex Kozora of Steelers Depot first noticed the change. That means he is the second member of their analytics staff, along with Tosin Kazeem.
Pittsburgh has notoriously had a small analytics staff, but that got even smaller when football analyst Will Britt left the team to head to the Dallas Cowboys. Britt joined Pittsburgh in 2021. But he follows a long list of analytics staffers that have left the Steelers for other destinations. The man that Britt replaced, Jay Whitmire, ended up with the New York Jets. Along with Kazeem, he made up the two key members of Pittsburgh’s analytics staff.
However, Omar Khan has talked about a focus on analytics. Khan has a background in data analytics that is becoming more essential across all spheres of sports. It is just part of the puzzle, but one that the Steelers seem undermined to truly handle right now. So, it is likely that Britt’s job will be replaced by someone that Khan hires. But Kevin Colbert did not embrace it as much as Khan seems to embrace it.
As for Moore, he comes from the San Antonio Spurs, where he worked as an analyst. He is from Pittsburgh and working for his hometown team. On his LinkedIn page, Moore says that he has been with the Steelers since September, and so throughout the entire season, he was helping break down the analytics of matchups for the coaching staff.
Regardless of how much they value the analytics part of the equation, only one staffer doing that is not suitable for today’s NFL. So, adding Moore will help bring some much-needed voices to the room. They could use even more staffers, but Pittsburgh has not shown they will do that just yet.