Report: Cowboys assistant Joe Whitt expected to interview for Steelers DC job

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Cowboys defensive passing game coordinator and secondary coach Joe Whitt Jr. seems to be on a clear trajectory to a defensive coordinator job. It’s the landing spot that’s still uncertain.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have joined the list of teams looking to speak with Whitt about their DC position, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a report Wednesday.

The Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens have already inquired about the 43-year-old assistant, who was hired in Dallas in January. Having worked previously with both head coach Mike McCarthy in Green Bay and coordinator Dan Quinn in Atlanta, Whitt’s reunion with both men in Dallas helped transform a Cowboys unit that had been historically bad in 2020 into the league leader in takeaways.

Longtime Pittsburgh assistant Keith Butler retired following the Steelers’ season, leaving an open coordinator position on head coach Mike Tomlin’s staff. The team is looking internally at assistant Teryl Austin, but also reportedly speaking with former Giants DC Patrick Graham and Saints defensive backs coach (and former Cowboys assistant) Kris Richard.

Whitt has called the role of Cowboys defensive coordinator a “dream job” for him. He could soon be just one phone call away from that possibility coming to fruition, with Quinn talking to a handful of teams about a head coaching position. He’s been named a finalist for two of them thus far. If Quinn departs Dallas, Whitt would likely be on a list of candidates to assume that title for the Cowboys.

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