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Pittsburgh Steelers Hire Jack Bicknell, Jr. as Offensive Line Coach

January 29th, 2013 at 9:28 PM
By Mark Mihalko

The Pittsburgh Steelers have filled one of the vacancies on their coaching staff Tuesday with the hiring of Jack Bicknell, Jr. to be their offensive line coach. Bicknell, who spent 2012 with the Kansas City Chiefs and 2009-2011 with the New York Giants, will be charged with continuing the development of the Steelers young offensive line.

'Ready, Broncos vs Steelers 2012' photo (c) 2012, Craig Hawkins - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
The 49-year old coach has an extensive college resume, including head coaching experience at Louisiana Tech (1996-2006). He will be replacing Sean Kugler, who left to become head coach at the University of Texas at El Paso following the 2012 season.

The Steelers needed a solid hire for this position as they have a tremendous amount of young talent along their offensive line including first round selections Maurkice Pouncey and David DeCastro, and second round selections Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert. In 2012, the offensive line suffered through massive injuries, and yet they still improved from previous seasons.

At this point, it appears that Bicknells’ biggest challenge will be on the left side of the offensive line where 2012 starters Max Starks and Willie Colon are unlikely to return and starting right guard Ramon Foster may depart as well. If those players depart, the team will likely slide 2012 seventh round pick Kelvin Beachum into the left guard position next to Gilbert at left tackle.

As we reported yesterday, the Steelers are scheduled to interview Danny Smith for their special teams coordinator position.

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