Wannstedt, who would have had the job had he wanted it, was considered a logical choice because of his coaching experience, because he's a Pittsburgh native and because he was an assistant at Pitt under Johnny Majors in the late 1970s.
Among Wannstedt's other options would be working as a TV analyst or again becoming a defensive coordinator in the NFL.
Wannstedt apparently got good enough reviews for his work on last Sunday's San Francisco-Arizona game that FOX has hired him to do another game this season, the Detroit-Tennessee game on Jan. 2.
Wannstedt isn't likely to land another head-coaching job in the NFL anytime soon, but his reputation as a defensive coach is good enough that he could be considered for jobs that become available after the season.
In other news:
-- Zach Thomas was among those selected to an All-Overrated Team by The Sporting News. The four-time All-Pro was joined at linebacker on the team by Chicago's Brian Urlacher and Washington's LaVar Arrington.
The team was selected based on a vote of select team officials.
-- Speaking of Thomas, interim head coach Jim Bates said it still was too early to determine whether he would be able to play Monday night against New England.
Thomas is listed as doubtful for Monday's game, as is outside linebacker Eddie Moore.
If Moore can't go, special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo would make his first NFL start.