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Steelers are reportedly talking to James Campen for offensive line coach job


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On Monday, the Steelers promoted Matt Canada to offensive coordinator and hired Alberto Roberts to serve as the tight ends coach. Canada replaces Randy Fichtner, who didn't have his contract renewed after the 2020 season and Roberts is taking over for James Daniel who retired at the end of the year after 17 seasons with the Steelers.


The Steelers are still looking to replace offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett, who like Fichtner, didn't have his contract renewed following the 2020 season. According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers are talking to James Campen about becoming their new offensive line coach.


Campen, 56, was the offensive line coach with the Chargers this past season and was let go after Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn was fired. He was hired in 2019 as assistant head coach/offensive line coach on Freddie Kitchens’ staff with the Browns but was relieved of his duties when Kitchens got fired after one season.



Campen was a center for seven seasons (1987-93) with the Packers and Saints. Campen coached in Green Bay from 2004-2018 with several different titles. He was the assistant offensive line/quality control coach from 2004-2005 and then was named assistant offensive line coach in 2006. Campen would go on to be the offensive line coach from 2007-18, along with having the title of run game coordinator in 2018. Campen's time came to an end in Green Bay when Mike McCarthy was fired as head coach in 2018.


The Steelers interviewed Hanky Fraley last week for the offensive line coach job, but he's expected to return to Detriot in some capacity under new head coach Dan Campbell, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Fraley played 11 seasons in the NFL as a center and was the Lions' offensive line coach in 2020.


Dulac says that Tomlin is looking for a coach who also played in the NFL, and Campen would fit the bill. He also has over a decade of experience of being an offensive line coach in the NFL.


According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Sarrett is expected to join the Chargers as an assistant offensive line coach. So, the Steelers and Chargers could end up swapping offensive line coaches. Albeit, Sarrett is joining the staff as an assistant and not being the head guy in charge.



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