Steelers’ Brandon Hunt Likely To Retain Front Office Position


This headline certainly isn’t for the casual fan. But we are in the post-draft part of the NFL season, a time where front office and scouting staffs see quite a bit of turnover.

Brandon Hunt, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Pro Personnel Coordinator, was reportedly in the running for a promotion in the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office. He interviewed during the Senior Bowl for a spot as the director of player personnel.

On Monday, the Eagles appeared to fill that vacancy by hiring scout Joe Douglas for the position and regional scout Andy Weidl to be his assistant. That should take Hunt out of the running for the job and keep him in Pittsburgh, where he’s been with the team full-time since 2010. He helps find and evaluate free agents during the season, likely responsible for bringing in players like Fitzgerald Toussaint and Chris Boswell. During training camp and the season, he is often the individual he makes the call to players to announce they are going to be signed.

There haven’t appeared to be any changes among the Steelers’ front office or scouting staff since the draft. No formal announcements by the team, rumors, or changes to the names on the team’s website.

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  • srdan

    I like our front office. Lets keep them together.

  • if he wants money..,pay the man

  • TroymanianDevil

    He brought in Boswell? … A promotion might be difficult but a big raise is certainly in order.

  • Alex Kozora

    It was Boswell’s tryout in front of Danny Smith that ultimately got him the job, but I imagine that Hunt had a role in rounding up the kickers that would be brought in for the tryout. Certainly not a task Danny Smith would handle.

  • Kevin artis

    The person responsible for Corners and Safeties need to have their bags by the door. Because Burns, Davis, Golson and Grant don’t pan out……heads should roll.

  • Brian Fulmer

    Lots of local flavor in this article! Brandon Hunt is a former IUP’r and Andy Weidl is a Mt. Lebo grad. Good for Andy and I also don’t expect BH to be around for very much longer. He’s a fast riser and will be in line for similar jobs in subsequent years..

  • Sam Clonch

    Article says he does scouting for FAs during the season. Everyone you mention is obviously a recent draft pick, and would therefore be a completely different part of the scouting department.

  • Kevin artis

    Yeah I know. I just wanted to take a stab at whoever is doing the evaluations of our secondary.
    He did a great job bring in Cockrell and Boykin. Maybe he needs to move to the other section of the scouting department.

  • Sam Clonch

    Lol, maybe you’re right. I’m expecting good things from Ross this year. He probably takes over for Gay by 2017.

  • TroymanianDevil

    Of course, I wouldn’t expect the coaches to sign someone without first seeing him tryout haha. I just meant the fact that he found him is impressive, there isn’t much to separate kickers on film. (even more impressive after all the kicker injuries)

  • Steve

    Glad you brought this up. Coach T always goes out and gets the best available to train and coach his players. Namely a few years ago our Offensive line sucked. Drafted Pouncy and DeCastro with no help with the coaches we had. Tomlin went out and got Coach Munchak in 2014 to bring it all together and we need to do the same with our Db coach Lake needs to go.

  • Steve

    Welcome Brian – It is nice to see local guys be brought into the organization and flourish. Coach T needs to bring in a local guy into the fold on the coaching side of the DB’s. Their are plenty of Great Football organizations in the tri-state area to pick from. A coaches legacy will always be bringing up coaches within the ranks.

  • Are you kidding? Lake had a top ranked pass defense with Taylor Polumalu, and Clark. He got Taylor playing his best football at the twilight of his career, same with Gay. Mitchell improved after a year, but other than that, Lake has had 0 talent. I’m gonna give him a few years with these young high pedigree kids before a make any judgments on him. I won’t kill him if 1 doesn’t pan out, but he’s got to be better than 50% making good players out of Burns, Davis, Golson, Grant, and I’ll even throw Cockrell in there. I think we’ll see how good of a coach he is now.

  • Louis Goetz

    Don’t try using logic. Everyone thinks you can just go out and select a Rod Woodson or Troy Polamlu every draft and for whatever reason the Steelers don’t. 22 DBs (including alternates) made the Pro Bowl last year. 14 were former 1st round picks, nine of whom were picked before the Steelers even had a chance to draft them. Seven of the remaining eight were picked in the 5th round or later. It’s not like a Darelle Revis has been staring them in the face every year and they pass. In ’10, ’11 & ’12, the Steelers took Pouncey, Heyward and DeCastro. Which corners should the Steelers have drafted instead? (Hint: none) Pass rush was a much bigger need in ’13 and the DBs taken after Shazier in ’14 are a perennial who’s who of nobodys (except Jason Verrett).

  • Darth Blount 47

    Let’s just keep the band together.

    Anybody let me know if they see Yoko anywhere around here…

  • Steve

    Lake was handed a secondary that was tops and has done nothing since. Taylor stunk his last 2 years, you must be wearing rose colored glasses. Lake has been given plenty and came up short every time. This is his final straw – Sh*t or get off the pot. We are ready for someone who can coach.