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Steelers Eye Pep Hamilton as New Offensive Coordinator

Coach Pep Hamilton
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Pep Hamilton is interviewing for the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator position Friday. The Steelers started the 2020 season with 11 straight wins, but finished last in the league in rushing and in the bottom half in total offense averaging 347 yards per game.

But the Steelers offense went sour down the stretch, and the team fired offensive coordinator Randy Finchner after getting bounced from the playoffs in the Wild Card Round. Following the singing of Dwayne Haskins, the Steelers could be hoping Hamilton could help the former Ohio State product regain some of his college form just as he did for another Buckeye, Cardale Jones, in the XFL.

Alfonza 'Pep' Hamilton served as the Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator in 2020 following a stint as the head coach of the DC Defenders in the XFL. Hamilton was the quarterbacks coach at Michigan and previously served as the same position coach for five NFL teams including the Indianapolis Colts during three years with QB Andrew Luck. He has worked 12 seasons total as an NFL coach.

Hamilton was fired by the Colts halfway through the 2015 season. Pep was Stanford's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach while Luck played at Stanford before becoming the No. 1 overall pick of the Colts. Hamilton then joined the Colts staff, but his offensive coordinator career has delivered mixed results.

Still, ESPN insider Chris Mortenson reported that Chargers QB Justin Herbert spoke glowingly about how instrumental both Pep Hamilton and offensive coordinator Shane Streichen were to his record rookie season.

With current Steelers QB coach Matt Canada having the inside track to be the offensive coordinator, it will be interesting to see if Hamilton is offered another job if Pittsburgh does indeed go in a different direction for their offensive coordinator.

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