The Steelers have waited awhile to officially name who their next defensive coordinator will be, but it is no surprise who is getting the job.
The Steelers are finalizing a deal with senior defensive assistant and secondary coach Teryl Austin to become the Steelers’ next defensive coordinator, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Dulac notes that the Steelers should finalize the deal either Sunday or Monday. It felt like the Steelers were inevitably going to hire Austin, but after a request from the New York Giants to interview Austin for their defensive coordinator position, it seems the Steelers are moving swiftly to get the deal done.
Defensive coordinator Keith Butler retired following the 2021 season, and it would seem that Austin will maintain much of what he does already with the secondary. This increasingly looks like Mike Tomlin’s defense, but it is likely that Austin’s ideas will at least supplement those that Tomlin already holds.
Austin will become the third defensive coordinator under Tomlin after Butler and Dick LeBeau. He previously was defensive coordinator with the Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals.