According to a report by Tom Pelissero, Steckel is set to interview with the Los Angeles Chargers for their offensive coordinator job later this week.
The #Chargers will interview #Titans TE coach Luke Steckel for their offensive coordinator job this week, per sources.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 23, 2023
Steckel is a fascinating name. He's 37, a Princeton grad, highly intelligent and widely respected by players and peers. The next Ben Johnson?
Luke’s father, Les Steckel, was the offensive coordinator for the Titans when the franchise first changed the name from Oilers in 1999. Football runs in the family, and Luke has been climbing the coaching ladder for quite some time.
Steckel has been on staff with the Titans for an entire decade, but has only been a position coach for the past two seasons. Steckel was promoted to tight ends coach in 2021 following eight years as offensive assistant/assistant wide receivers coach with the Titans.
In 2022, Steckel’s tight ends were responsible for 30 percent of Titans receptions on the season, with 64 percent of those receptions (54 of 85) going for first downs. Rookie tight end Chig Okonkwo took major steps in his development and established himself as a big play threat, averaging over 14 yards per catch in 2022.
It’s no secret that Mike Vrabel views the tight ends coach as a bridge position for future offensive coordinators. We saw this when Arthur Smith was promoted from within back in 2019, and again with Todd Downing ahead of the 2021 season. Even passing game coordinator Tim Kelly, who some have viewed as the “OC in waiting” on the Titans’ staff spent most of his practice time working alongside Steckel with the tight ends.
Unlike other assistants on staff, the tight ends coach works on scheming and teaching for both the running and passing game. They have a unique understanding of how to teach every aspect of offense.
Steckel is widely respected within the coaching world, and a very gifted football mind. Even if it’s not with the Chargers this offseason or a promotion from the Titans, the Brentwood High School alum is a shoe-in to land an offensive coordinator job one day. It’s in his blood and only a matter of time.