The Pittsburgh Steelers have submitted a request to interview Los Angeles Rams passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach Zac Robinson for their vacant offensive coordinator position, according to a report by Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.
Robinson has already interviewed with the Chicago Bears, but did not get that job. He is also scheduled to interview with the New England Patriots, and the Las Vegas Raiders have also placed a request to interview Robinson. The request is a formality, as teams cannot block candidates from interviewing for a position that represents a promotion.
Robinson, 37, would be by far the youngest coordinator ever hired by Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
A disciple of Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay, Robinson has spent his entire NFL coaching career in L.A. He spent three years as assistant quarterbacks and wide receivers coach before taking the quarterbacks coach and pass-game coordinator job in 2022.
He helped oversee the club’s vastly improved offense in 2023 while helping to get the most out of exciting young stars like Puka Nacua and Tutu Atwell.
Robinson does not have experience as an NFL play-caller, or at any level, something that Tomlin said was a preferred skill of candidates for the position.
A Littleton, Colorado native, Robinson played quarterback at Oklahoma State from 2005-09 and was a seventh-round pick of the New England Patriots in 2010. He bounced around the NFL from New England to the Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions and Cincinnati Bengals, spending four seasons in the league.
An elbow injury in 2013 with Cincinnati forced him to spend the entire season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and he was waived with a failed physical designation the following May, ending his playing career.
Robinson is the first person to be positively identified as a candidate for the Steelers offensive coordinator vacancy, which was created when Matt Canada was fired mid-season.
Tomlin said last week that internal options Eddie Faulkner and Mike Sullivan will not be considered as potential candidates, with the club preferring external options with experience.