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Steelers’ HC Mike Tomlin ‘Not Worried’ about Washington Redskins Rumors

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PITTSBURGH — Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that he’s not worried about rumors that he is the top choice to replace Jay Gruden as the next head coach of the Washington Redskins.

Gruden was fired on Monday and several national reports suggested that Tomlin is on a short list of coaches sought after by Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

Tomlin dismissed the question without specifically denying that he had interest in the job, instead saying that he is focused on the Steelers and their current task at hand, not his future.

“I’m not worried about that, to be quite honest with you,” Tomlin said.

“I’m the head coach of a 1-4 football team that’s going on the road to play a Hall of Fame-caliber quarterback with my third quarterback. Do you think I’m worried about anything this week other than that?”

There would be significant barriers to such a move, regardless of Tomlin’s level of interest. He’s under contract through at least 2021 on an extension signed this summer with the Steelers. That contract also carries an option for the 2022 season.

Coaches under contract have been traded in the past, some of them for multiple high-round draft picks. Such a transaction would almost have to take place in the offseason.

The Steelers already traded their first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The 0-5 Redskins could have one of the top selections next spring.

According to BetOnline.ag, Tomlin has 14/1 odds of being the next Redskins coach — a roughly 6.7% chance. The current betting favorite is Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

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Steelers, Zach Banner Donate to Tree of Life Synagogue

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Offensive lineman Zach Banner and the Pittsburgh Steelers have pledged a donation to the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill as part of the Steelers 2020 Social Justice Grant program.

The congregation was attacked during a mass shooting own Oct. 27, 2018 that killed 11 people and wounded six others, the deadliest attack ever on a Jewish community in the United States.

The shooting stuck with Banner, who was a rookie on the team at the time. After Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson made an anti-semitic post on social media, Banner responded with a video post.

“We need to understand that Jewish people deal with the same amount of hate and similar hardships and hard times,” Banner said in the video. “I want to preach to the Black and brown community that we need to uplift them and put our arms around them just as much when we talk about Black Lives Matter and talk about elevating ourselves.”

The video led to Banner becoming something of a fan favorite to the Jewish community.

“Mr. Banner spoke up when others didn’t and we appreciate that,” Barb Feige, executive director of Tree of Life, said to Steelers.com “The fact that he mentioned Tree of Life and the horrific shooting that happened there and how much it impacted him was very meaningful. We are very aware the shooting had an impact beyond our congregation, our Jewish community. The ripple effect was felt. Everybody felt something about it. For Mr. Banner to articulate that, and join our fight against anti-Semitism, was very, very special, very meaningful.”

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Report: Steelers to Interview Los Angeles Chargers QB Coach Pep Hamilton

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The Steelers have requested to interview Los Angeles Chargers quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton for their vacant offensive coordinator position, according to a report by Josina Anderson.

Hamilton, 46, just finished his first season as quarterbacks coach with the Chargers, where he helped develop rookie quarterback Justin Hebert, who was named the PFWA NFL Rookie of the Year.

Hamilton has previously been an offensive coordinator at the NFL level with the Indianapolis Colts from 2013-15, where he led a resurgence around quarterback Andrew Luck.

Hamilton was the head coach of the DC Defenders of the XFL in 2020, the assistant head coach and passing game coordinator for Michigan in 2017-18 and was assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach of the Cleveland Browns in 2016. He has also been an NFL assistant with the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears.

Hamilton is the third person confirmed to have interviewed for the position, along with former Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson and Steelers quarterbacks coach Matt Canada, who is expected to earn the position.

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Steelers Players React to Signing of Dwayne Haskins

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The Pittsburgh Steelers signed former first-round pick Dwayne Haskins on Thursday to a reserve/future contract, not quite a month after Washington released its one-time starting quarterback in the midst of a playoff push.

Haskins comes with baggage after an abysmal showing statistically in Washington and a reputation for not taking the game the seriously enough off the field that Haskins has admitted was at least partially deserved. He also still has all the talent that led him to being the No. 15 overall pick out of Ohio State in 2019.

That’s made the signing of Haskins somewhat controversial among the Steelers fanbase, weary of seasons of drama with the likes of Antonio Brown in the team’s locker room.

But the players on the current team seem excited about Haskins getting the chance to revive his career in black and gold.

Former Steelers linebacker and current Steelers Nation Radio analyst Arthur Moats also offered his positive opinion of the signing.

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