Steelers defensive backs coach Teryl Austin has been promoted to the role of defensive coordinator. (Gerry Dulac on Twitter)
Austin drew interest from the Giants for their defensive coordinator vacancy, but he'll ultimately stay in Pittsburgh. The Steelers needed to fill the job after Keith Butler retired following seven seasons with the team. Pittsburgh's defense ranked 17th in fantasy points in 2021, as well as 17th in interceptions and ninth in fumble recoveries. Although the unit took a step back this past season, they still have optimism going forward with playmaker T.J. Watt leading the way.