The Pittsburgh Steelers have plenty of issues to solve ahead of the upcoming campaign.
Some of the young players displayed a lack of discipline and accountability throughout the course of the season, with veteran RB Najee Harris urging them to change their ways.
On top of that, the team needs to figure out their offensive identity and find a new offensive coordinator.
With that in mind, Brooke Pryor of ESPN reports that the team is keeping tabs on people from the outside to take the job, with Klint Kubiak, Darrell Bevell, Thomas Brown, and Alex Van Pelt as the strongest candidates as of now.
Mike Tomlin expressed a desire to break from tradition with the hiring of his next offensive coordinator.
Keep an eye on these names: Klint Kubiak, Darrell Bevell, Thomas Brown, Alex Van Pelt and more ⬇️https://t.co/VwCUbHKG5t
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) January 24, 2024
Pryor’s report also stated that the team is most likely going to keep putting an emphasis on the running game.
Notably, that would make Van Pelt a suitable candidate, as he ran a similar offense during his days with the Cleveland Browns, and he could look to stick it to Pittsburgh’s rival after they fired him.
The Steelers did find success offensively despite their subpar quarterback situation this season.
They also believe Kenny Pickett is going to regain his status as the team’s starter next season, but he might be on a short leash after some underwhelming play in 2023.
At the end of the day, no one can win in this league without a good quarterback, and it’s hard to envision any of the QBs on the roster being starters somewhere else, and that’s going to be another issue they should look to address.