Steelers Finalizing Deal With New Defensive Coordinator

Max Staley
Pittsburgh Steelers finalizing a new deal with defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.
Pittsburgh Steelers finalizing a new deal with defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. / Patrick Smith/GettyImages

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered the 2021-22 season with one of the best defenses in the league on paper. But that unit didn't live up to the hype. Despite an elite pass-rush led by T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh surrendered 23.4 points per game (No. 20 in the NFL). That's a huge drop-off from the 19.5 PPG Pittsburgh gave up in 2020, when the Steelers finished as the league's third-best scoring defense.

As a result, it's not too surprising to see the Steelers are making some coaching changes this offseason. Keith Butler, who has been Pittsburgh's defensive coordinator since 2015, is retiring, and he'll reportedly be replaced by Teryl Austin.

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Austin has been with the Steelers' coaching staff for the past three seasons, and he's been promoted after working as this team's senior defensive assistant and secondary coach.

He has had two different stints as an NFL defensive coordinator. He served as the Detroit Lions' DC from 2014-17, and was the Cincinnati Bengals' DC for the 2018 season. Austin guided the league's third-best scoring defense in 2014, though he's also finished 21st or worse in three of five years.

Still, Austin is an experienced hire who will get to work with a ton of talent in Pittsburgh. The Steelers should be poised for a bounce-back year defensively in 2022.

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