Mike Tomlin just held his after season press conference. In that talk, he spoke about many different things that we should expect over the offseason. A couple of the most notable things were his coming contract extension, competition for Kenny Pickett, and finding an outside option as their next offensive coordinator.
Not only will the offensive coordinator be new on the coaching staff, but Tomlin explained that there will be other changes on the coaching staff in Pittsburgh for next season. It will be a busy offseason for the Steelers, and adding an outside option at offensive coordinator should excite fans. This hasn't happened since Todd Haley was hired many years ago.
Byron Leftwich is the obvious choice as the next Steelers offensive coordinator
First up on our list is one of the obvious ones here. Byron Leftwich probably shouldn't be the hire at offensive coordinator, but the Steelers could do worse. He has a lot of connections to the organization, and he is qualified for the job. He has been out of work for a year, so that could be a cause for concern for the immediate future.
Tomlin wants someone who can work closely with quarterbacks and put a new spin on the black and golds offensive attack. Leftwich has worked closely with Tom Brady during his days in Tampa Bay, and that might have helped his development as a coach too. Pittsburgh could use someone with a wealth of knowledge at the quarterback position to help their struggling young quarterback.
Pickett could benefit from this hire, but it seems like Leftwich might be better off as a positional coach or a passing game coordinator whose sole responsibility is to work closely with Pickett. Leftwich would be a decent option, but it seems too obvious. There will be better options out there for Pittsburgh to hire.