AFC Staff Notes: Steelers, Ravens, Raiders

In contention for the Jaguars’ quarterbacks coach position, Mike Sullivan will instead land in Pittsburgh. The Steelers are hiring the former Giants and Buccaneers offensive coordinator, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets. Sullivan, 53, will replace Matt Canada, who is now the Steelers’ OC. Pittsburgh’s QB coaching role grew in importance recently, with the Steelers giving Dwayne Haskins an opportunity to reboot his career. While Ben Roethlisberger is planning to return for an 18th season, Sullivan will have multiple developmental QBs — Haskins and Mason Rudolph — to mentor. Sullivan has not coached since the 2018 season, when he served as the Broncos’ QBs coach.

Here is the latest from the AFC’s coaching carousel:

  • The Ravens are adding a few staffers, including former USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin as wide receivers coach, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com tweets. A former Heisman-winning quarterback at Tennessee, Martin has coached at the college level for the past 12 years. The former NFL quarterback has not coached at the pro level, but as wideouts coach with the Trojans and Kentucky Wildcats, Martin oversaw the development of JuJu Smith-Schuster, Michael Pittman and Randall Cobb. Baltimore will also add Jay Peterson as assistant linebackers coach, Jason Brooks as assistant D-line coach and Keith Williams as a passing-game assistant, Hensley adds. Jason Brooks is the son of ex-Ravens D-line coach Clarence Brooks.
  • Northwestern HC Pat Fitzgerald again passed on an NFL path, but he will poach a Raiders staffer. Las Vegas senior defensive assistant Jim O’Neil left to become Northwestern’s defensive coordinator. A defensive coordinator with the Browns and 49ers from 2014-16, O’Neil coached on Jon Gruden‘s past three Raiders staffs.
  • The Broncos will fill their defensive backs coach position by hiring former Packers assistant Christian Parker, according to the Denver Post’s Ryan O’Halloran (on Twitter). This will mark a big jump for Parker, who spent the 2020 season as a quality control staffer in Green Bay. Parker was DBs coach at Texas A&M previously, however. Previous Denver DBs coach Renaldo Hill left to become the Chargers’ DC.
  • New Texans DC Lovie Smith will hire his son, Miles Smith, as linebackers coach, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (on Twitter). Miles Smith previously served under his father as the University of Illinois’ linebackers coach. The Texans will retain previous LBs coach Bobby King but move him to D-line coach.
  • The Steelers will add Chris Morgan as their assistant offensive line coach, per Dan Duggan and Mark Kaboly of The Athletic (Twitter link). Morgan, who also interviewed with the Giants this offseason, spent the past six years as the Falcons’ O-line coach.
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18 comments on “AFC Staff Notes: Steelers, Ravens, Raiders

  1. arty!

    I hope Miles Smith isn’t a drug addict/alcoholic like Andy Reid’s 2 kids getting a free ride off daddy’s success. Yes I know one of his kid’s OD while in Philly. But he was a coaching staff member during that time.

        • arty!

          I’m not here to be your friend. What I see is a spoiled kid who has never had to accomplish anything on his own because dad (Andy Reid) always gave him a job. No matter the drug possession charges & now DUI with people in critical care.

          I hope Lovie and other parents won’t turn a blind eye to such inexcusable behavior. I don’t, nor did my parents when I was younger. I don’t have a problem with kids getting involved with their parents & their careers. But when a junkie is green lighted for a decade plus, that’s a problem that Andy ignored. I can call out bad parenting.

          • Jcool90

            Maybe ur a spoiled person butt face. Ur probably one of those ppls who believes everything they hear on the news/radio.

            • arty!

              Glad to see you support an known drunk that slammed his car into a family, putting kids into ICU. Learn to spell as well. It’s either you are or you’re. Not that hard to type an extra 3 letters, or at least it shouldn’t be.

      • xxtremecubsguy89

        He’s not wrong. His sons are/were scum. Doesn’t mean he’s a bad dad. Just means they are/were troubled human beings.

    • Black Ace57

      You are a real SoB. I remember when that happened back when Reid was the Eagles coach. He is a great dad that did everything he could for his sons.

          • xxtremecubsguy89

            I know that. I meant how do you know he’s such a great dad? I’m not saying he’s not. I just think his sons both took advantage of who their dad is and think that nothing of consequence will happen because of that.

  2. markdavisbarber

    I read a lot of negative post about Jon Gruden and the Raiders. However, the Raiders coaching staff keeps getting promoted to other positions and the players are on everyone’s radar. Personally I view that as a sign that things are headed in the right direction.

    I don’t think that Tee Martin has ever won a Heisman but he did start a Monday Night game for the Raiders as a 5th string QB….. it was a slaughter……

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