Reports: Hue Jackson, Pep Hamilton candidates for Steelers offensive coordinator

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have a pair of new candidates for their vacant offensive coordinator position following the firing of Randy Fichtner at the end of the season.

Per multiple reports, the Steelers interviewed former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson for the job earlier this week. Additionally, the Steelers are interested in Los Angeles Chargers quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton for the job, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Hamilton is set to interview for the job on Friday.

Jackson and Hamilton join Steelers quarterbacks coach Matt Canada as candidates for the job. Canada is considered to be the front runner to replace Fichtner.

The Steelers finished the 2020 season tied for 24th in total offense along with the Philadelphia Eagles with an average of 334.6 yards per game. But the Steelers did rank 12th with 26.0 points per game.

Jackson has not coaches the last two years after briefly serving as a special assistant to Marvin Lewis with the Cincinnati Bengals after being let go by the Browns. Hamilton has spent one year with the Chargers after a stint as the head coach of the DC Defenders of the XFL.

Canada finished his first season with the Steelers.

10 responses to “Reports: Hue Jackson, Pep Hamilton candidates for Steelers offensive coordinator

  1. Hue is a great co-ordinator but not a great HC ! Same for past co-ordinators, e.g Norv Turner.

    Did an amazing job in Oakland when he had Jason Campbell at QB, the Raiders didnt want to lose Jackson so promoted him to HC.

    But as a co-ordinator hes great

  2. Hue Jackson may actually be a good OC, but he seems untrustworthy. I’d be wary of hiring him.
    On the other hand no one will make the mistake of making him HC.

  3. If you hire Hue that will truly test Baker Mayfields maturity for sure. Either he will continue progressing upward or he’ll regress to the entitled kid still butt hurt that his coach didn’t fawn all over him and didn’t retire instead of take a job somewhere else that he was as a rookie which could be a competitive advantage in games.

    Either way you can’t go wrong with either one. Ravens with Jim Caldwell showed what happens when head coaches who got thrown under the bus by bad franchises want to redeem themselves and more importantly both have pretty good track records when it comes to rehabilitating the careers of former Ohio State QB’s since they were responsible for the only productive seasons Terrell Pryor ever had as a pro.

  4. Remember when all the Browns had to do was pick Jared Goff or Wentz over Garrett and they were guaranteed to be much better than they are now?

  5. You lost me at “Hue”……actually, I’d LOVE it if the Steelers hired this guy. Go Browns.

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