Now that former Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has retired, Pittsburgh is now on the market for a new play caller. Neal Coolong of SB Nation's Steelers blog, Behind The Steel Curtain, suggests Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Tom Clements could be a good fit.
As fun as it is to wax nostalgic about the glory days of Bettis behind Lester into the 4-hole, the reality is this is a passing league. Clements gets that. The Steelers are likely to at least enter longterm contract discussions with WR Mike Wallace this offseason, and it won't be long until they ink Antonio Brown to a long-term deal ...
The news is all about the offense right now. Why not select a guy who not only is from Pittsburgh and understands the city, not only is a former coach who had success in a pretty solid run by the Steelers, but was the man behind the direct mentoring of the 2011 MVP (a.k.a. The Year Quarterbacks Became More Important Than Any Two Players).
As Coolong points out, Clements coached with the Steelers under Bill Cowher from 2001-2004 and did some good work with the much-maligned Kordell Stewart. He's also obviously done a lot of good work with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, helping turn him into one of the best passers in the league.
Clements applied for Penn State's open head coaching position late last year, so it looks like he'd be willing to move for the right job. And as a McKees Rocks native, it's easy to speculate that Steelers offensive coordinator might be a role that would interest him.
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