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Steelers hire new offensive line coach

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The Steelers have found their replacement for Sean Kugler, who ditched the offensive line coach job to take the top job at UTEP.

The team announced that Jack Bicknell Jr. will replace Kugler. Bicknell coached the Chiefs offensive line last season and spent the previous three seasons as the assistant offensive line coach with the Giants. He was also the head coach of Louisiana Tech from 1999 to 2006 and ranks third in wins in school history.

Coach Mike Tomlin said that he was impressed by the way the Chiefs ran the ball last season despite having nothing but misery at the quarterback position. The Steelers have talked a lot about their disappointment with the running game since the end of the season.

“The proof is in the pudding,” said Tomlin, via the website. “When I had an opportunity to look, not only at what he says from a presentation standpoint but also at what the tape looks like, it was attractive. Obviously they were in a tough situation this past year in Kansas City from a team standpoint. Their record reflects that. They had some instability at the quarterback position, but they ran the ball and they ran the ball consistently.”

Bicknell, who is the son of former Boston College and Barcelona Dragons coach Jack Bicknell, inherits a line that was constantly in flux thanks to injuries in 2012. With recent high picks like Maurkice Pouncey, Marcus Gilbert, David DeCastro and Mike Adams in the fold, the team hopes to find a unit that can grow and stay healthy together.

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30 Responses to “Steelers hire new offensive line coach”
  1. ravenator says: Jan 29, 2013 6:15 PM

    Hire a coach? How about drafting / signing decent players instead of that makeshift quilt blanket Steelers call an offensive line. An entire offseason to reflect of that 8-8 record while their rivals hoist the Lombardi. Priceless.

  2. blackngold4life says: Jan 29, 2013 6:22 PM

    He should feel right at home..this O-Line is always in flux! But KC best asset was their run game..so we’ll see.

  3. 3yardsndust says: Jan 29, 2013 6:26 PM

    Hope he can do the job.

  4. malachiofcourse says: Jan 29, 2013 6:26 PM

    smart hire. he is a overly qualified o-line coach really. but smart nonetheless

  5. steelcitychamps6x says: Jan 29, 2013 6:32 PM

    Here we go Steelers Here we go

  6. blackandgoldblood says: Jan 29, 2013 6:43 PM

    Too bad he isn’t bringing Jamaal Charles with him. Eddie Lacy, anyone?

  7. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 29, 2013 6:43 PM

    Welcome to Steel Rings Inc where we produce rings on an annual basis.

  8. ravensfan19 says: Jan 29, 2013 7:27 PM

    Steelers are Old News. Old and Washed Up. Steelers are on the Verge of being the Bottom Feeders of the AFC North.

  9. stillers35 says: Jan 29, 2013 7:27 PM

    Ravenators team is in the Super Bowl in a few days and he still can’t get enough Steelers news. Don’t forget, cool guy, that the Steelers and their “quilt blanket” offensive line beat you with Charlie Batch and nearly did the same with Leftwich. Fine line between 8-8 and the Super Bowl. Good luck and see ya next season

  10. randallflagg52 says: Jan 29, 2013 7:32 PM

    Maybe if Colbert wasn’t blowing draft picks left and right the line wouldn’t be such a mess. David DeCastro and Mike Adams were both drafted ahead of Kelechi Osemele. That should tell you how poor pittsburghs eye for talent is.

  11. brentfarve says: Jan 29, 2013 7:43 PM

    The 8-8 Steelers need some deer antler spray

  12. Deb says: Jan 29, 2013 7:46 PM

    So relieved when I heard this. Great hire. Put three linemen in the Pro Bowl when he worked on the Giants’ Super Bowl team, and worked with Haley in KC. Hated to lose Kugler, but they’ve chosen a smart replacement.

  13. slickster35 says: Jan 29, 2013 7:49 PM

    First they bring in Haley, and now this?

    Way to aspire to mediocrity.

    Why do you think the Chiefs flushed all these losers?

    Is Pioli coming in next?

  14. iotalo says: Jan 29, 2013 8:06 PM

    If you don’t like what the Steelers do, just follow another team. The negativity is disgusting.

  15. sewalters79 says: Jan 29, 2013 8:08 PM

    Tomlim is Most overrated coach in history!

  16. halusbr33 says: Jan 29, 2013 8:35 PM

    randallflagg52 says: Jan 29, 2013 7:32 PM

    Maybe if Colbert wasn’t blowing draft picks left and right the line wouldn’t be such a mess. David DeCastro and Mike Adams were both drafted ahead of Kelechi Osemele. That should tell you how poor pittsburghs eye for talent is.

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    That is ridiculous. DeCastro was injured in the preseason and couldn’t play until late in the year (and when he did play, he played well for a rook). Mike Adams they drafted as a project, and his contract terms reflect that. The sample size for both is less than a full season, hard to evaluate a successful draft with 1 season. Final draft grades are usually issued 3 to 5 years after the fact.

    ie, look at the Raven 2004 draft. Not one player panned out. And in 05, only Dan Cody rings a bell.

    So with that…you can look at any team or any draft and say this stunk or that was a great draft, et cetera.

    Enjoy the Superbowl, should be a great game.

  17. steelcurtainn says: Jan 29, 2013 8:46 PM

    Welcome to Pittsburgh!!!!Home of the 6 time superbowl champions. He’s gonna be a great addition. Shouldn’t be long before he’s getting fitted for a superbowl ring.

  18. darkglobe1 says: Jan 29, 2013 8:49 PM

    The jealousy of fans of other teams really manifests itself when you see the majority of comments on a story about the hiring of an offensive line coach are from fans of other teams basicaly saying “Steelers suck!”. It is quite amusing to be honest.

  19. pdmjr says: Jan 29, 2013 9:01 PM

    Good bye to Colon and Foster, this guy brings a zone scheme.

  20. csilojohnson says: Jan 29, 2013 9:11 PM

    Great hire. Can’t wait to see what this line can do healthy with some time playing together.
    It’s great to see all the haters come out for an oline story. Keep hating, it reassures me that Ravens fans are still sour about a couple recent playoff losses.
    ravenator, randallflagg, etc. Just remember, nobody wastes thier time posting dumb comments about teams that don’t win.
    I am from Pittsburgh and live in Baltimore. You hate us more then we hate you. What does that tell you?

  21. steelers4385 says: Jan 29, 2013 9:12 PM

    We are gunna be the bottom feeders. I like how we have not one go to guy as reciever. No one big. I like how we draft slow fat backs that fumble. I also like how everyone on our team is always hurt. Gotta suck sometimes and not be spoiled with winning always. Makes you appeciate your team moe.

  22. keiselsbeard says: Jan 29, 2013 9:16 PM

    Wtf happened to the Rooneys? This is getting plain ridiculous.

  23. chiefsnfl says: Jan 29, 2013 9:25 PM

    This is a great hire for the Steelers. Wish him the best! However, if you want to take Pioli, you’re certainly welcomed to him as well, lol. I just don’t recommend Crennel as a HC, certainly as a DC though. Now if you want to take it a step further, Herm Edwards is great at talent evaluation for drafts, but a lousy coach.

  24. pjcostello says: Jan 29, 2013 9:40 PM

    I don’t know the history involved, but I am surprised that the Steelers didn’t look into bringing Russ Grimm back to coach the offensive line. He’s still out of work, and is one of those guys that only seems to want to coach the O-line. In Pittsburgh, he was a darned good one, too.

  25. rayswhitesuit says: Jan 29, 2013 11:21 PM

    ravenator says:Jan 29, 2013 6:15 PM

    Hire a coach? How about drafting / signing decent players instead of that makeshift quilt blanket Steelers call an offensive line. An entire offseason to reflect of that 8-8 record while their rivals hoist the Lombardi. Priceless.

    Hahaha, this fool is getting married on Sunday and still he can only think of the prettier girl in town. What a sad existence.

  26. andrewproughcfe says: Jan 29, 2013 11:55 PM

    I would be really excited if he could find 5 NFL-quality linemen and bring them with him. The 2012 Steelers’ o-line would have had problems with most college defensive lines, and probably a few high school d-lines as well. They would have needed extra ambulances at the game if they had played Alabama.

  27. fourthandafoot says: Jan 30, 2013 12:26 AM

    32 out of 32 teams would have drafted Decastro before Osemele. Don’t forget Osemele had some poor showings while lined up at OT and only shined as a G which hurt his stock a tiny bit. In fact Osemele had poor feet and balance and used to fall down on his face on a regular basis in college. Decastro had very few holes in his game when he came out and was universally considered the better prospect. Give Decastro some more playing time before panning him.

    Now Mike Adams, that’s another story.

  28. blackngold4life says: Jan 30, 2013 4:25 AM

    Kulgers days were numbers anyway..don’t know why everybody thinks he was so great..he jumpd ship right on time. This should be an upgrade

  29. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 30, 2013 10:10 AM

    Hire a coach? How about drafting / signing decent players instead of that makeshift quilt blanket Steelers call an offensive line. An entire offseason to reflect of that 8-8 record while their rivals hoist the Lombardi. Priceless.

    It wont bother me to see the niners hoist the trophy or that there will be a shortage of Kleenex in Baltimore for a couple of weeks.

    Good hire as the chiefs could run the ball last year.

  30. Deb says: Jan 30, 2013 2:10 PM

    I’ve always thought of our fans as well-informed. You can’t tell it by this thread. Either several people posting here as Steelers fans aren’t … or the well-informed Steelers fans are taking the week off.

    After we finally ditched Larry Zierlein, the o-line coach who was more focused on surfing porn than elevating the technique of our offensive linemen, we brought in Sean Kugler. He’d managed to turn the o-line into the only bright spot on the Bills offense by focusing on teaching technique to players who weren’t necessarily Pro Bowl caliber. The job of a coach is to get players to perform above their ability. Kugler did that in Buffalo and in Pittsburgh by keeping our line functioning despite rampant injuries. He didn’t get an NCAA head-coaching job because he sucked as an NFL position coach.

    Now we’ve brought in a coach who has a history with our OC, who coached a Super Bowl-caliber o-line, and who has a history as an NCAA head coach. The guy knows what he’s doing. If we say good-bye to Colon and Foster … why would that be a problem? Just how productive do you think those two have been the last three years?

    And it’s goofy to ask why we’re hiring a coach when we should be drafting talent. We need the coach now. The draft is in April. We focused our last draft on the o-line and made two excellent picks. Injuries happen. Whining about them doesn’t help. The only All Pro on our team this year was a Colbert offensive-line draft pick.

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