Report: Steelers Were Interested In Tom Clements As Next Offensive Coordinator
Not surprisingly, It was announced yesterday that the Green Bay Packers named Tom Clements their new offensive coordinator. Clements had been the Packers quarterbacks coach since 2006 and was the obvious choice to replace Joe Philbin, who left to become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins after the 2011 season.
Clements, who previously served as the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach under Bill Cowher from 2001-2004, was instantly considered a candidate to come back to Pittsburgh to be the new offensive coordinator, should he not get promoted by the Packers.
WPXI Sports Director Alby Oxenreiter reported on Thursday that the Steelers had not contacted Clements about the job, but Packers Report tweets this afternoon that according to Len Pasquarelli, the Steelers were interested in Clements before the Packers promoted him.
It is a matter of semantics right now, but it makes sense that the Steelers would indeed have interest in bringing back Clements to Pittsburgh. Did they contact him or were they first waiting to see what the Packers would do? We will likely never know the answer to that question and the Steelers have yet to name a successor to Bruce Arians.
With today being the Friday before the Super Bowl, it seems unlikely that we will get our answer until Monday at the earliest on who the next offensive coordinator will be. The Steelers did not set a timetable after it was reported Arians would not be back and they certainly seem not to be in any type of rush.