The Pittsburgh Steelers are finalizing a deal to make Teryl Austin the team’s defensive coordinator, according to multiple reports. Austin will succeed Keith Butler, who served as the Steelers’ defensive coordinator from 2015-2021 and retired in January. The New York Giants reportedly requested an interview with Austin for their role as defensive coordinator, but the Pennsylvania native decided to stay with the Steelers.
Austin, 56, has been the Steelers’ secondary coach since 2019. Prior to joining the Steelers, Austin was the defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals (2018) and Detroit Lions (2014-17). During the 2014 season, Austin’s defense finished third in the NFL in points against and second in total yards against, propelling the Lions to a playoff berth.
Austin coached defensive backs with the Seattle Seahawks (2003-06) and Arizona Cardinals (2007-09). Those tenures included two Super Bowl appearances; one for the Seahawks (2005) and the other for the Cardinals (2008).
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The Steelers finished 9-7-1 for the 2021 season, earning a wild card spot before losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 42-21.
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