Steelers lose another coach, others drawing interest from other teams
Fans around the globe who follow the Pittsburgh Steeles know changes in the coaching staff are inevitable. When the team fired Matt Canada mid-season, and Mike Tomlin announced the team will be filling that vacancy from outside the organization, there was guaranteed coaching turnover in 2024.
But what most didn’t see was the team losing coaches before those big decisions were made. The latest coach, following Offensive Assistant Coach Glenn Thomas, is Gerald Alexander leaving for the Las Vegas Raiders to coach their safeties. He spent the last two season as the assistant defensive backs coach, and now is looking for a new opportunity.
This per Cameron Wolfe:
Raiders are hiring Gerald Alexander as their safeties coach, per source.
Alexander spent the last 2 seasons as Steelers assistant defensive backs coach. He also ran Dolphins DB room from 2020-21 where he became a favorite for many players. Now, he aims to do it again in Vegas.
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) January 24, 2024
While Alexander isn’t the first coach to leave, there might be another coach right behind him. That would be quarterbacks coach turned play caller Mike Sullivan. With the Steelers looking outside the organization to fill their vacancy at offensive coordinator, Sullivan is getting looks from two teams with the potential of getting the job of offensive coordinator.
Those two teams are the Las Vegas Raiders and the New Orleans Saints.
The #Raiders will interview #Steelers QB coach Mike Sullivan for their offensive coordinator job, sources say. Sullivan, who called plays this season after Matt Canada was fired, was an assistant on Tom Coughlin’s #Giants staff while Antonio Pierce captained the defense.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 24, 2024
The #Saints are scheduling an interview with Steelers QBs coach and play-caller Mike Sullivan for their vacant offensive coordinator job, sources say. Sullivan will speak with New Orleans following his interview with the #Raiders for their OC job.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 24, 2024
Sullivan getting an offensive coordinator job would be a big-time promotion for him, but you also have to wonder if he’d be open to returning as the quarterbacks coach if the new coordinator would want him and he doesn’t get the promotion he desires. A lot can change, and most hinges on the hiring of the next offensive coordinator.
With Sullivan potentially leaving it would be the tip of the iceberg as it pertains to the potential changes on the offensive coaching staff once a new coordinator is hired. Who that is, and when it will happen, is anyone’s guess.
Be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for what could be a very long and tumultuous offseason.