With the Steelers plunging from 6-2 to 6-7 despite returning 19 starters and all coaches from the team that won Super Bowl XLIII, the team is expected to make some changes in the offseason.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the coaching staff “is expected to undergo a considerable makeover” during the offseason.
Schefter identified special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky as being the most vulnerable. Also mentioned are offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and offensive line coach Larry Zierlein.
Head coach Mike Tomlin inherited Arians; Tomlin hired Ligashesky and Zierlein.
Other holdovers from the Bill Cowher regime are defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, linebackers coach Keith Butler, defensive backs coach Ray Horton, defensive line coach John Mitchell, tight ends coach James Daniel.
Tomlin hires include quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson, receivers coach Randy Fichtner, and running backs coach Kirby Wilson.
Any of the pre-Tomlin coaches who are fired might find themselves landing on Cowher’s staff with his next team, whoever it may be.