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Everest calls Steelers firing a “shocker”

Shaun Suisham,  Daniel Sepulveda AP

Former Steelers special teams coordinator Al Everest was fired by the Steelers on Thursday, a move he called a “shocker” during a conversation with Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Friday.

Everest wasn’t the only one shocked by the move. It’s very rare to see a team make a coaching change of any sort just before the start of the regular season and even more surprising given the performance of Everest’s units last season. They were right in the middle of the pack when it came to covering kicks and punts and Antonio Brown went to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist.

While Everest, who plans to remain in coaching, didn’t air any dirty laundry about his departure, but he did say that it had nothing to do with the decision to remove Brown from the return units this season.

“It was professional differences, and let’s leave it at that,” Everest said. “It was professional differences.”

Everest has been replaced by his former assistant, Amos Jones. Jones has been with the team since 2007, predating Everest, and he had worked with head coach Mike Tomlin at the University of Cincinnati earlier in their careers.

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42 Responses to “Everest calls Steelers firing a “shocker””
  1. drew2k2 says: Aug 24, 2012 3:15 PM

    I hate the Steelers (Ravens fan) but you sure cannot argue to much with their Defense/Special Teams b/c of the success they have had so consistently

  2. ravenator says: Aug 24, 2012 3:16 PM

    What a classless move by the Steelers

  3. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 24, 2012 3:17 PM

    He can go hang out with Tiki who is flabbergasted.

  4. swagger52 says: Aug 24, 2012 3:28 PM

    He got fired because he was too young, the Steelers are an old team, they need to hire coaches that are older than the players.

  5. curtainclosed says: Aug 24, 2012 3:31 PM

    Class has nothing to do with it. Why get emotional? It’s just business.

  6. footballfan01 says: Aug 24, 2012 3:34 PM

    The Ravens should hire him. Maybe he can straighten out Cundiff’s field goal attempts.

  7. jpmelon says: Aug 24, 2012 3:34 PM

    Probably asked for a raise.

  8. scotchrocks says: Aug 24, 2012 3:40 PM

    Class has nothing to do with it. Why get emotional? It’s just business.

    ______________________

    That’s what people say until their the ones that abruptly get fired.

  9. citizenstrange says: Aug 24, 2012 3:44 PM

    It’s too bad Pittsburgh sports “journalists” don’t even think of asking why about anything and are happy to be shined on with the old “moving in a different direction” bs. Who says the Steelers don’t have cheerleaders?

  10. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Aug 24, 2012 3:45 PM

    Did Everest mount a protest?

  11. stew48 says: Aug 24, 2012 3:52 PM

    Chuck Noll had trouble with special teams; it seems to be a continuing element of the Steelers history. Still is a problem, but not the punters and kickers.

  12. rgwillie says: Aug 24, 2012 3:54 PM

    First line from the Special Teams section of the Steelers chapter in this year’s Football Outsiders Almanac:

    “In two seasons under coordinator Al Everest, Pittsburgh’s special teams have gone from a joke to a downright team strength.”

    From 30th, to 16th to 9th last year in their rankings.

  13. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Aug 24, 2012 3:55 PM

    Obviously he wasn’t doing a good enough job. Special teams unit was middle of the pack. While that’s acceptable to some teams like the Ravens, its not it Pittsburgh. That’s why we have six Lombardi’s. “the standard is the standard”!

  14. mrpkg says: Aug 24, 2012 4:03 PM

    Hey Ravenator
    I guess you would prefer the Raven way of handling things — Don’t ask, don’t tell. Head coach keeps his head in the sand.

    1. Suggs does not tell truth of how he got hurt in off season.
    2. Reed does not show up for OTA’s
    3. McKinnie does not show up for start of camp

    Tomlin and Colbert know what they are doing, unlike Harbaugh and Newsome

    There is more to this — they had reasons to let this guy go.

  15. rajbais says: Aug 24, 2012 4:04 PM

    Bruce Arians all over again!

  16. r8rsfan says: Aug 24, 2012 4:05 PM

    Jones has been with the team since 2007, predating Everest, and he had worked with head coach Mike Tomlin at the University of Cincinnati earlier in their careers.

    There you have it – Everest was retained just long enough to train Tomlin’s buddy.

  17. anpsteel says: Aug 24, 2012 4:09 PM

    There is something other than performance behind this.

  18. exibitsman says: Aug 24, 2012 4:11 PM

    That’s is the Lil punk HC Mike Tomlin bringing in a buddy. This guy is the worst head coach in the NFL. Every one knows that the coordinaters call all the plays. He’s a fake.!!!!!!!

  19. getyourownname says: Aug 24, 2012 4:25 PM

    Firing a coach a few days before the season begins is completely normal, move along, nothing to see here.

  20. bensstinkyfingers says: Aug 24, 2012 4:34 PM

    Why fire the guy if he has been successful? Something seems fishy, prob got on Haleys bad side, or maybe had inside info on a new Pig Ben scandal? Either way the organization, is becoming one of the most dysfunctional in the league, and that was before Haley became O.C. cant wait for the implosion this year.

  21. sdakota says: Aug 24, 2012 4:35 PM

    gee, the assistant taking over use to work together with the head coach, sounds like the good ole boy network at its best, I thought the steelers were above that. I guess not any more

  22. edwinmoses says: Aug 24, 2012 4:41 PM

    The Steelers roster still has 2 x Kickers 2 x Punters and 2 x Long Snappers. I get the Kicker and Punter. But you mean to tell me through all of OTA’s and Minicamp you couldn’t figure out the Long Snapping battle?!!!????!!!

  23. rockthered1286 says: Aug 24, 2012 4:45 PM

    mrpkg says:
    Aug 24, 2012 4:03 PM
    1. Suggs does not tell truth of how he got hurt in off season.
    2. Reed does not show up for OTA’s
    3. McKinnie does not show up for start of camp

    Tomlin and Colbert know what they are doing, unlike Harbaugh and Newsome
    _______________________________
    Yes, clearly when your top WR is still hanging in limbo, your star RB calls 9-11 a hoax (and won’t be back anytime soon with no healthy backups in sight), your QB has spent the past few years fondling women in bathroom stalls w/ their bodyguards outside, your best defensive player can’t keep money in his wallet bc he loves dirty shots and talking smack about Roger… meanwhile nobody has proof of Suggs hurt himself, Reed does this every year and Oz took a stand on paying him and guess what? He’s back and issue is resolved (hows Mike doing btw?) and McKinney is under last years weight already and earning a line spot if our rookie KO doesn’t steal it, who looks substantially better than DeCastro or Adams already…

    Yup they really know how to runs things there.

  24. edwinmoses says: Aug 24, 2012 4:47 PM

    Josh Alper – please revise previous comment to the following:

    The Steelers roster has 2 x Kickers 2 x Punters and 2 x Long Snappers. I get the Kicker and Punter. But you mean to tell me through all of OTA’s, Training camp, and a day away from the 3rd pre-season game you couldn’t figure out the Long Snapping battle???!!!??

  25. eleventyeight says: Aug 24, 2012 4:49 PM

    ravenator says: Aug 24, 2012 3:16 PM

    What a classless move by the Steelers

    ———————————————————–

    Classless?

    So you actually think they did this on a whim and for no reason?

    And a cRavens fan too- the irony almost kills me.

  26. electionconfidential says: Aug 24, 2012 4:53 PM

    When you’re troubleshooting a problem you always ask yourself, “what’s the last thing that changed”. To my knowledge the last thing was the addition of Haley as OC. Maybe he didn’t want to share personnel with special teams. Just a guess, but not a bad one. It would fit under the heading “professional differences”.

  27. raideralex99 says: Aug 24, 2012 5:17 PM

    Judging by his performance it has nothing to do with his job … Chances are his private life came into play.

  28. stew48 says: Aug 24, 2012 5:20 PM

    Hey election, my guess, just a guess, is that the last thing that changed was the weather. Please, please, don’t tell me you’re in management.

  29. hooray4boobies says: Aug 24, 2012 5:20 PM

    Someone owes Drew Brees an explanation

  30. purpleguy says: Aug 24, 2012 5:32 PM

    How could a coach that has been with the team doing the same thing for 5 years all of a sudden now have “professional differences”? What precisely is professionally different after 5 years, two weeks before the season of all things? There’s got to be something else cooking beneath the surface here. Maybe he gave Mr. Rooney a noogie or something.

  31. kikoofsteel says: Aug 24, 2012 5:38 PM

    It amazes me why the Ravens Fans are always comparing themselves to the Steelers Orginazation. Oh Yeah…I forgot…Steelers have 6 Rings. Worry about your own Team. The Steelers will be fine.

  32. gammynomnom says: Aug 24, 2012 5:41 PM

    The window is closing on the Steelers.

  33. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 24, 2012 5:42 PM

    This is part of Mike Tomlin’s affirmative action plan.
    In the spirit of the Rooney rule since there aren’t enough black head coaches being hired they decided to start firing all of their own white coaches and replacing them with black coaches.
    Soon we’ll be saying adios to Amos as well.

    The Steelers are hoping the rest of the league will follow suit.

  34. lennylyles says: Aug 24, 2012 5:57 PM

    This move surprises me because he had nothing to do with Flacco’s game winning drives and last second touchdown passes to beat the Steelers the two consecutive seasons at Heinz Field.

  35. holeinone09 says: Aug 24, 2012 6:16 PM

    Don’t kid yourself. The Steelers are arguably the most stable franchise when it comes to coaches. There clearly was a very valid reason behind this move. Just because the team doesn’t spill everything to the media doesn’t mean it was without merit. Don’t worry haters, the team will be just fine, thanks for your concern. Soon, we will beat you.

  36. yinzgotsix says: Aug 24, 2012 7:11 PM

    Should of fired Lebeau for letting the steelers get TEBOWED last season.

  37. canowhoopazz says: Aug 24, 2012 7:16 PM

    Maybe he tapped Todd Haley’s cell phone

  38. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Aug 24, 2012 7:34 PM

    oh, by the way hole in one, what position do you play on the steelers… thats the only way you could be part of the we in we will beat you…

  39. totallyuselessme says: Aug 24, 2012 7:58 PM

    As a Browns fan, I have to say…

    YAY! Cribbs can start returning for TDs every other time again!

  40. yousuxxors says: Aug 24, 2012 8:21 PM

    the ravens have been around since the 90s … steelers are an original afl team that won 4 championships in the 70s. i wpuld hope they have more.

  41. Steelers 6 Ravens 1 says: Aug 24, 2012 9:47 PM

    History doesnt start and stop only as its convenient for ravens fans.

  42. Deb says: Aug 24, 2012 10:25 PM

    Wow … I’m amazed that so many commenters have the inside scoop on why Everest was fired and what it means for–and about–the Steelers organization. Is Florio putting you newshounds on the payroll?

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