Steelers To Interview Pep Hamilton For OC

We heard last week that the Steelers were expected to promote Matt Canada to offensive coordinator to replace Randy Fichtner, but that is not a done deal just yet. As veteran NFL reporter Josina Anderson was first to report (via Twitter), Pittsburgh requested an interview with Chargers quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton for its OC position, and Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tweeted that the Steelers will meet with Hamilton today.

This jibes with a recent report from Dulac, whose sources indicated that Canada was a “candidate” for the OC gig but that nothing had been finalized. Obviously, the Steelers are still in search mode, which means that Hue Jackson is presumably still in the running as well.

Hamilton certainly has a more extensive NFL resume than Canada, who was in the college game for his entire career except 2020, when he joined the Steelers as their QB coach. Hamilton, meanwhile, served as the Colts’ OC from 2013-15, and he has also had stops with the Jets, 49ers, Bears, and Browns.

After two years working under Jim Harbaugh as the University of Michigan’s assistant head coach/passing game coordinator, and after an ill-fated gig as the head coach and GM of the XFL’s DC Defenders, the 46-year-old Hamilton rejoined the NFL ranks in 2020, when he hooked on with the Chargers. The success of rookie QB Justin Herbert has helped Hamilton boost his stock, as he is also a candidate for the Dolphins’ OC position.

If he joins the Steelers, Hamilton will be tasked with getting more out of a unit that finished 25th in the league in total offense in 2020 despite the presence of some highly-talented weapons. He will also try to develop the games of potential Ben Roethlisberger heirs Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins.

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  1. whosehighpitch

    Steelers are in serious trouble if they are counting on Haskins and or Rudolph as the potential heirs

  2. ElGaupo77

    Mason Rudolph won The Bobby Bowden Award in college for being a good citizen etc. Ben And Haskins Are known bad citizens. I’m hoping Rudolph gets the job

    • 2012orioles

      Ben is a completely different person now compared to 2007. I’ll leave at that.

        • Cle 2

          @despicable. Did you see anything like that on his record? I don’t. People who don’t follow the Steelers and just read headlines don’t know the truth. Ben has been nothing short of a class act for many years. Maybe not always at his best for the new QB’s but in rest of ways a great guy. I am and have been proud to call Ben our franchise quarterback.

  3. dust44

    Id love to c Pep brought on for some position. Hopefully they can keep Canada and get Pep. And I think Haskins with Tomlin will work out well. If anyone can get his head straightened out it will b Tomlin

  4. jearbear_

    I’d love to see pep as the Steelers OC, and for the future past Ben is wide open to me. Mason is a stop gap year kida QB While we draft a hopeful long term solution. Haskins is a low risk high reward guy, if he does some wholesale life changes and uses his raw talents he can be a solid QB, but I am not high on any QB on the roster. I want to see either this year or nex we take a flyer on a Josh Allen/Mahomes person.

  5. jnlaughlin

    People are spoiled by Ben; you don’t just get a Ben Roethlisberger for 17 years and then he retires and you get another one. Not everyone has an Aaron Rodgers just fall to you… they are lucky to have a couple options like Rudolph and Haskins… if they don’t work out then they will have to go through a bad year to get a high pick and get their next franchise QB… and hopefully they hit that one as good as they did with Ben…

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