Although it hasn’t been formally announced, information has come out that the Pittsburgh Steelers plan to hire former Atlanta Falcons head coach Arthur Smith to be the team’s new offensive coordinator.
We will dig into the hire in depth as soon as it becomes official, but the short answer is we really like the hire and think it will go a long way toward getting the Steelers offense on track.
But we think there’s another huge hire Pittsburgh could make this offseason to specifically help cultivate talent at the quarterback position.
One former coach who didn’t get an offer during the first round of hiring is Mike Kafka. Kafka was out as the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants last season but like Smith, you have to look back past their most recent job.
Kafka made his name as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s impossible to know just how much his absence has impacted the Chiefs passing game this season but his ability to help develop Patrick Mahomes and build that innovative passing game could easily translate to the Steelers. Steelers current quarterbacks coach
Mike Sullivan has some interest of other teams and Pittsburgh has never even had a passing-game coordinator.