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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5. Kellen Moore, Chargers' OC

I know that Kellen Moore isn't the most popular selection as a head coach candidate. However, his track record still speaks for itself. After a four-year stint with the Cowboys, Moore was hired as the offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers.

During his time in Dallas, Moore's offense exceeded 26.5 points per game 3 out of four years, and his offense even led the league in scoring with 30.4 points per game in 2021, per Pro Football Reference. In LA, Moore hasn't had much to work with outside of QB Justin Herbert, but his team still has a top-10 scoring offense in 2023.

Moore's niche is knowing how to utilize his best players to maximize the upside of the offense. This was on display often in Dallas -- constantly finding favorable situations for his most explosive players in WR CeeDee Lamb and RB Tony Pollard.

Moore tends to get gunshy late in the year and in the playoffs, but this game plan might have come from the head coach or ownership. Either way, Moore is a 35-year-old coach who already has five years of experience as an OC and has been a part of some of the most successful offenses in football. He would be a strong candidate if Mike Tomlin decided his time was done with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Obviously, it's very unlikely that Tomlin is going anywhere as he has not indicated that he would like to quit coaching anytime soon. However, if the Steelers were to need a head coach in 2024 or beyond, they should go with a young offensive mind and these five candidates fit the bill perfectly.