It appears the Pittsburgh Steelers have made a couple minor changes to its assistant coaching staff. According to the team website, the team has made the following moves.
1. Officially changed Shaun Sarrett’s title from Offensive Assistant to Assistant Offensive Line Coach.
2. Hired Matt Symmes as a Coaching Assistant.
3. Promoted Denzel Martin to Coaching Assistant (while still keeping his Scouting Intern Label).
4. Former Scouting Intern/Coaching Assistant Steve Meyer doesn’t appear to be with the team anymore.
Sarrett has essentially been Mike Munchak’s assistant but now, he officially gets that title. He’ll enter his 7th season with the Steelers after spending time at Duke prior to Pittsburgh. If Munchak ever leaves Pittsburgh, Sarrett will be a front runner to replace him.
Symmes is a Duke grad who most recently served as a grad assistant at South Carolina the last two seasons. He earned praise from their OC Kurt Roper last year when Symmes worked with their quarterbacks when Roper wasn’t available.
“Matt Symmes and I have worked together for a long time and Matt has been a huge help for me,” Roper said, via The Big Spur. “Jake and Matt spend a lot of time together when I’m out recruiting and stuff like that. It has really helped Jake progress in how to study film and what he’s looking for, which is to get total command of our offense. He is really good at that.”
It appears the hiring happened sometime last month.
Martin, coming over from Missouri, has the coaching assistant title in addition to his scouting intern label. You can see him next to Ryan Shazier as the two scouted Pitt’s Pro Day. Martin appears to be moving up the ranks.
Meyer had been with the team for several seasons, beginning his time as a scouting intern and then graduating to coaching assistant. A St. Vincent grad, his stint with Pittsburgh began in 2013.
Pittsburgh had previously announced the hiring of Blaine Stewart to serve as a coaching assistant. He is the son of Bill Stewart, the longtime West Virginia coach and first man to give Mike Tomlin a job.
Aside from labeling Kelvin Fisher’s role as “scout,” there doesn’t appear to be any changes to the Steelers’ scouting department. They have one of the lowest turnover rates of any scouting department in football and haven’t gotten rid of any scout in at least the last three seasons.