Eddie Faulkner

Former Wisconsin Badger named interim OC for Steelers

Indiana-born Eddie Faulkner, who has served two different stints as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ running backs coach, has been elevated to Offensive Coordinator.

Faulkner was a running back at Wisconsin from 1996 to 2000 before turning pro and joining the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos.

His coaching career included stops at Ball State, Northern Illinois, Wisconsin and NC State  – the latter of which saw him serve as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator.

It’s the only coordinator position Faulkner has served, aside from a brief stint as interim head coach at Ball State following a mid-season firing.

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It was a case of deja vu for Faulkner on Tuesday.  He was promoted following the Steelers organization’s decision to fire much maligned OC Matt Canada.

He’s been with the Steelers since 2019, making him one of the longest tenured members of Coach Mike Tomlin’s staff.  As running back coach, Faulkner has been responsible for the development of Najee Harris, a featured element of the Steelers offense – and sometimes target of fan criticism who has yet to average 4 yards per-carry in a single season.

It’s likely Faulkner will aim to get more out of the running game in the coming weeks as the Steelers enter an easy stretch of games toward the end of the season.

No opponent currently has a winning record and the Steelers are among a half dozen teams in the wild card hunt.

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