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Steelers hire notable ex-head coach as new offensive coordinator

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Aug 19, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; A Pittsburgh Steelers helmet sits on the sidelines against the Buffalo Bills at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers have chosen a new offensive coordinator, and he is one who is very familiar to NFL fans.

Arthur Smith is expected to be named the new offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Smith was fired as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons earlier this year after three 7-10 seasons with the team. He previously enjoyed success as offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, particularly with a run game that was led by Derrick Henry.

The Steelers averaged just 17.9 points per game in 2023 and ranked in near the bottom of the NFL in most major offensive categories. They fired former OC Matt Canada in the middle of the season, which was a somewhat unusual move for the franchise.

One area that the Steelers enjoyed some success in was with their rushing attack. They ranked 13th in the league with 118.2 rushing yards per game. Pittsburgh has plenty of talent in their backfield with Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren.

Smith drew some criticism in Atlanta for his odd usage of some key skill players, but Mike Tomlin obviously feels the veteran coach has plenty to offer.

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