Steelers senior defensive assistant Teryl Austin has interviewed with the Tennessee Titans to be their next defensive coordinator, according to a report by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Austin, 55, has been the team’s senior defensive assistant and secondary coach since 2019.
The Titans are seeking a defensive coordinator to replace Dean Pees, who retired in January 2020. The team played the 2020 season without a defensive coordinator, with head coach Mike Vrabel serving in the role.
More potential coaching departures for Steelers: Senior defensive assistant/secondary coach Teryl Austin is interviewing with the Tennessee Titans today to be their defensive coordinator.
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) January 14, 2021
Austin, who is a Sharon, Pennsylvania native and Pitt alum, has experience as a defensive coordinator with the Detroit Lions under Jim Caldwell from 2014-17 and with the Cincinnati Bengals under Marvin Lewis in 2018.
Austin was a defensive backs or secondary coach for the Baltimore Ravens from 2011-13, Arizona Cardinals 2007-09 and Seattle Seahawks from 2003-06.
He was the defensive coordinator at Florida under Urban Meyer in 2010 and previously served as an assistant coach at Michigan, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Penn State.
Along with defensive backs coach Tom Bradley, Austin helped guide a Steelers secondary that was one of the league’s best in 2020. The Steelers finished the league second with 198.4 yards per game allowed through the air this past season.
Bradley was one of three coaches not retained by the Steelers for the 2021 season on Thursday, along with offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett and offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner. Additionally, tight end coach James Daniel announced his retirement.
Austin is one of two Steelers assistants to interview for coordinator positions on Thursday, along with quarterbacks coach Matt Canada, who is a candidate to become offensive coordinator with the Miami Dolphins.
No Guaranteed Money in Dwayne Haskins’ Low-Risk Steelers Contract
Further details of quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ new contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers have emerged, demonstrating just how low-risk the acquisition is for the club.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Haskins’ Reserve/Future contract with the Steelers is a one-year, $850,000 deal with no guaranteed money.
No bells or whistles to Dwayne Haskins' reserve/future deal with the Steelers: 1-year, $850K, 0 guarantees.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) January 26, 2021
He's got plenty of money still due from WFT.
This was all about fit for Haskins, with a good chance to develop in Pittsburgh, while the Steelers take a zero risk flier.
Simply put, the Steelers will not be on the hook for any money if they decide to part ways further down the line. If Haskins turns out to be a diamond in the rough for Pittsburgh, they will have acquired him on a tremendous bargain.
Haskins is not getting a raw deal financially either, as he is still being paid on his four-year, $14,416,611 rookie deal with Washington. Signing with the Steelers gives him an opportunity to prove himself with a steady organization without worrying about the financial implications.
A first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Haskins was waived by Washington in late December after the young quarterback was photographed maskless at a strip club, in clear violation of the league’s COVID-19 protocols and mid-pandemic common sense.
Haskins was shaky over two seasons in Washington, passing for 12 touchdowns with 14 interceptions, while completing just over 60% of his passes.
The Steelers are hoping Haskins can flash the talent he showed in his final season at Ohio State, where he completed 70% of his passes for 4,831 yards with 50 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He finished third in Heisman Trophy voting in 2018.
By signing Haskins to such a low-risk, team-friendly contract, Pittsburgh will have an excellent opportunity to determine if some of that talent is still there.
Report: Steelers Interviewing Mike Sullivan for QB Coach Vacancy
The Pittsburgh Steelers are reportedly interviewing Mike Sullivan for their quarterbacks coach vacancy, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac.
A 17-year coaching veteran at the NFL level, Sullivan was most recently the quarterbacks coach for the Denver Broncos in 2018. He also has previous experience as an offensive coordinator with the New York Giants (2016-17) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-12).
Sullivan is currently the Director of Recruiting at his alma mater Army, a position he has held since March of last year.
Sullivan would also bring additional championship pedigree to the Steelers, having won Super Bowls XLII and XLVI with the Giants.
Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning had one of the best seasons of his career in 2011 under Sullivan, passing for a career-high 4,933 yards and 29 touchdowns.
The Steelers are looking to fill the void left by Matt Canada, who was officially promoted to offensive coordinator on Monday.
The Steelers are talking to Mike Sullivan, a long-time former offensive coordinator/QB coach with the NY Giants and Denver Broncos, about becoming their QB coach, per source.— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) January 26, 2021
Mic Drop: Rooting for Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell Is Easy Choice
The idea that either Antonio Brown or Le’Veon Bell will become a Super Bowl champion after Super Bowl LV isn’t exactly something that makes Steelers fans excited for the big game. With that said, Mike Asti feels deciding who to root for should be an easy choice for Steelers fans. He wants to set the record straight once and for all of why Pittsburgh fans need to stop grouping the two former Steelers together.
While they both left the franchise in a cloud of drama, Le’Veon Bell doesn’t deserve to be treated as if he committed the same kind of sins against the Steelers that Antonio Brown did.