Denzel Martin is in his first season as Pittsburgh's outside linebackers coach.
Martin assisted with a Steelers defense that consistently improved throughout the course of the 2022 season, holding opponents to 17 points or less through its final seven games. S Minkah Fitzpatrick, OLB T.J. Watt and DT Cameron Heyward were named to the 2023 Pro Bowl Games for their efforts.
With Martin's assistance, T.J. Watt became the NFL's 2021 Defensive Player of the Year, tallying a career-high 22.5 sacks, 21 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles, while second-year OLB Alex Highsmith tripled his production from 2020 with 6.0.
In 2020, Martin assisted with one of the top pass-rushing units in the NFL, which included the tandem of T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree, who combined for 23.0 sacks, 56 quarterback hits and 31 tackles for loss.
As a coaching assistant, Martin handled the daily operations for defense and worked with the team's defensive line and outside linebackers in 2019, after assisting with the unit's middle linebackers in 2018.
Prior to joining the Steelers in 2016, Martin spent a year as a recruiting graduate assistant at the University of Missouri in 2015, where he played linebacker from 2010-14. Martin, a native of St. Louis, Mo., received a degree in multidisciplinary studies in 2014 and a master's in education with an emphasis in positive coaching from Missouri in 2015.