Top 20 head coach candidates to replace Mike Tomlin if the Steelers decide to move on

  • A local Pittsburgh guy could be an interesting replacement
  • Ron Rivera has a prior Pittsburgh connection
  • Bill Belichick could be a free agent

New England Patriots
New England Patriots / Alex Grimm/GettyImages
7 of 10

Frank Smith is enjoying his explosive offensive product in Miami

There has been a ton of coverage around the NFL on the Miami Dolphins and their insane offensive attack. Mike McDaniel deserves a lot of the credit, but many have not focused on their offensive coordinator for one reason or another. Perhaps it is because McDaniel puts on a show for the cameras every week and has become one of the more entertaining head coaches.

Frank Smith is someone not only to monitor for the Steelers if they depart with Mike Tomlin, but he will be getting lots of calls from elsewhere. A lot of things need to be going right on offense to have some of the quality games their unit has produced. Smith is a young offensive mind who is in one of the best environments for learning and crafting an offense in the NFL.

Dan Quinn has been looking for the perfect opportunity to be a head coach

Dan Quinn has been on record saying that he would not leave being the defensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys for any job. Perhaps taking over the Pittsburgh Steelers as their next head coach would get his attention. Quinn has been the defensive coordinator at Dallas for the last couple of years and he has improved that group.

He has a long list of coaching experience in the NFL, which includes mostly on the defensive side of the ball. He has worked with tons of talent throughout his career and was even a head coach at Atlanta before he was fired. He got them to a Super Bowl, which everyone knows they blew the 28-3 lead at. Quinn deserves another shot at a top job, and the Steelers opening could get him interested.