Steelers wide receivers coach Ike Hilliard is expected to interview with the Detroit Lions on Thursday for their vacant offensive coordinator position, according to a report by Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.
Hilliard, 44, just finished his first season as Steelers wide receivers coach after spending eight seasons in the same position with Washington and Buffalo. Hilliard has been considered instrumental to the development of young receivers such as Terry McLaurin in Washington and Chase Claypool in Pittsburgh.
Before his coaching career, Williams spent 12 seasons as an NFL wide receiver with the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, finishing his career with 6,397 yards and 35 touchdowns. Hilliard is a native of Patterson, Louisiana and a Florida alum.
The Lions announced the hiring of Dan Campbell, former New Orleans Saints assistant head coach and tight ends coach, as the Lions’ new head coach on Wednesday.
Campbell and Hilliard worked together on the Miami Dolphins staff in 2011, when Hilliard was assistant wide receivers coach and Campbell was tight ends coach and played together on the Giants from 1999-2002.
Hilliard is the second Steelers offensive assistant and third assistant coach overall to interview for a coordinator position. Quarterbacks coach Matt Canada interviewed to be the offensive coordinator with Miami and will reportedly become the Steelers’ next offensive coordinator. Senior defensive assistant Teryl Austin has interviewed with the Tennessee Titans for their vacant defensive coordinator position.