The Pittsburgh Steelers are finished with coaching subtractions according to President Art Rooney II. They’ll now focus on adding to their staff for 2019.
Keith Butler’s seat was red hot, but he’s survived the 2019 offseason and will head into the year with one more chance to prove himself. As for the rest of the coaching staff, they’re safe as well.
According to Art Rooney II, Pittsburgh is finished firing coaches this offseason and will now focus on adding to the team. They have brought in a new running back coach in Eddie Faulkner from N.C. State, and added to Butler’s role by assigning him to the outside linebackers as well.
Now, they’ll think about bringing in a coach to address replays and challenges, something the Steelers have struggled in succeeding in over the years. Removing the power from Mike Tomlin’s hands could benefit this team in the short and long-term.
For all the fans hoping this team had a new defensive coordinator in 2019, the offseason isn’t a total bust. Hiring Teryl Austin relieves some of the duties from Butler and hands them to an experienced defense-minded coach.
There has been change, and likely more coming within the players. Power was removed from Tomlin’s and Butler’s hands, something that needed to happen, and now it’s time to focus on correcting or bettering the areas of concern from last season.
The offseason will be long and filled with headlines. Not everything will be Antonio Brown tweeting, at some point there will be significant moves made within the roster – likely starting with Brown.
The coaching changes are finished, now it’s time to reshape the roster to a winning team. The hope is still to bounce back from this season no matter what needs to be done. 2019 remains wide open, and should contain plenty of revision.