Updated: Jan 22
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According to Dianna Russini of ESPN, the Steelers interviewed former Browns head coach Hue Jackson earlier this week for their vacant offensive coordinator position. The Steelers didn't renew Randy Fichtner's contract following the 2020 season.
According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the delay by the Steelers in naming an offensive coordinator to replace Fichtner is because Mike Tomlin wants to first hire an offensive line coach to change their running game. It was reported this past Saturday that quarterbacks coach Matt Canada is expected to be promoted to offensive coordinator, but it has not been made official yet.
The Steelers interviewed Hank Fraley for the offensive line coach job today. Fraley played 11 years in the NFL as a center and was the offensive line coach for the Lions last season.
Jackson has been out of the NFL since the end of the 2018 season. He finished that year with the Bengals as a special assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis after being fired by the Browns following a 2-5-1 start. Jackson was 1-31 in Cleveland prior to the 2018 season. Jackson was the head coach of the Raiders in 2011 and finished the season 8-8. Overall, he has a record of 11-44-1 as a head coach in the NFL.
Jackson has been an offensive coordinator for four different organizations -- Washington (2003), the Falcons (2007), Raiders (2010) and Bengals (2014-2015). He had his most success with the Bengals which led him to get the head coaching job with the Browns.
Jackson has an awful track record as a head coach, as nothing went his way during his time in Cleveland. However, he has had success as an offensive coordinator in the league.