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Steelers QB Coach Mike Sullivan Lands Second OC Interview

Steelers QB Coach and play-caller Mike Sullivan is a hot candidate on the offensive coordinator trail.



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Steelers play caller Mike Sullivan during the Bengals game, Nov. 26, 2023 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach and play-caller Mike Sullivan has landed a second offensive coordinator interview on Wednesday, as the New Orleans Saints will speak with him for the job. This is the second interview that Sullivan has landed, along with the interview to become the Las Vegas Raiders offensive coordinator.

Sullivan has been the Steelers’ quarterbacks coach since 2021, and was promoted in-season to also become the team’s primary play-caller after the firing of offensive coordinator Matt Canada.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said last week that Sullivan, and interim offensive coordinator Eddie Faulkner, will not be considered a candidate to replace Canada, and that the Steelers are looking exclusively at external options at this point.

“I’m looking at outside candidates and lining up the pecking order there,” Tomlin said. “I am appreciative of their efforts in terms of what they did for us down the stretch. But I’m looking for outside candidates at this juncture.”

But after averaging 16.9 points per game with Canada as the OC, the Steelers averaged 19.4 points per game in eight games with Sullivan and Faulkner pulling the strings.

A 56-year-old West Point grad, Sullivan has been an NFL offensive coordinator twice before, with the New York Giants from 2016-17 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2012-13.

He spent most of his NFL career with the Giants, starting there as wide receivers coach and also coaching quarterbacks in his first stint from 2004-11. After leaving to take the Tampa Bay job, he returned to New York, first as quarterbacks coach before being promoted to OC. He won two Super Bowls with the Giants, XLII and XLVI.

After he was fired as Giants offensive coordinator in 2017, he spent one year as the Denver Broncos quarterbacks coach, then a year out of football and another back at Army as the recruiting coordinator, before the Steelers hired him in 2021.