Steelers Hire Teryl Austin

The Steelers hired former Bengals’ defensive coordinator Teryl Austin to serve as a senior defensive assistant, according to Adam Schefter of (on Twitter). In Pittsburgh, Austin’s focus will be on the secondary. 

After the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Austin was in the mix for head coaching jobs around the league. In 2018, he pushed for the Lions to promote him from defensive coordinator to head coach after Jim Caldwell was fired, but the team was dead set on hiring Matt Patricia. When that became apparent to Austin, he hooked on with the Bengals to serve under Lewis.

Unfortunately, things did not work out with the Bengals. He was canned in November after the Bengals suffered a brutal one-sided loss to the Saints.

In other Steelers news, the club seems open to trading star wide receiver Antonio Brown. It’s a big departure from their stance just a couple of weeks ago when Brown blew up at teammates and coaches in practice.

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    • jeremy

      Baker Mayfield doesn’t have to approve this. Baker plays for the browns not bengals

  1. madmanTX

    If we can get the Bungles taint off him, hopefully, he’ll be a good hire. We need to draft some good defenders he can work with.

    • he’s a defensive “assistant”. He’s “assisting” the guy who’s working with the defenders.

      • tsolid

        Jeremy Fowler: Steelers have hired Teryl Austin as a senior defensive assistant/secondary. Former Bengals DC was on the head coaching circuit not long ago. Will help Steelers’ growing subpackage football.

        So, basically Secondary coach. Maybe he will have better luck with the safety play

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