5 dream candidates to replace Mike Tomlin if he unexpectedly walks away in 2024

The Steelers won't be in the market for a head coach, but these five candidates are exactly what they need.

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2. Bobby Slowik, Texans' OC

Bobby Slowik is the former passing game coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers and the current offensive coordinator of the Houston Texans. The analytics junkie has gone from widely unknown to potentially one of the hottest names to throw his hat in the ring for a head coaching job in 2024.

At 36 years old, Slowik doesn't have experience on his side, but he has already shown how brilliant he can be calling an offense, and it doesn't help that he fell fresh off the Kyle Shanahan coaching tree. The proof is in the pudding.

Last year, the Houston Texans were 30th in scoring with a dismal 17.0 points per game. Their total offense was even worse (31st) and they mustered up a mere 283.5 yards per contest -- narrowly topping only the Los Angeles Rams. Slowik turned things around in a hurry.

In his first season as offensive coordinator under Texans HC DeMeco Ryans, Slowik instantly catapulted Houston to a top-ten NFL offense. Obviously, the addition of future franchise QB C.J. Stroud certainly helps, but Slowik's offensive game plan has been brilliant. If you want to swing for the fences for the next Mike McDaniel, Bobby Slowik could be that guy.