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Pittsburgh Steelers Fire Offensive Line Coach; Sign Two Players to Reserve/Futures Contracts

January 3rd, 2014 at 11:53 PM
By Mark Mihalko
The Pittsburgh Steelers have started their offseason evaluations with the surprise firing of offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. Tasked with mentoring the Steelers young offensive line, Bicknell lasted less than one year at the position.
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The Steelers had been Bicknells' third NFL franchise since 2009. He had previous stints with the Kansas City Chiefs (2012) and the New York Giants (2009-2011). The 50-year old coach has an extensive college resume, including head coaching experience at Louisiana Tech (1996-2006). 
 
The decision to part ways after only one season is somewhat of a surprise. Although the offensive line was not a thing of beauty in 2013, they continually improved throughout the season, and appeared to be trending upward by the end of the season. Yes, it can be debated that the unit opened the season opened 2013 in dire straights, even before losing center Maurkice Pouncey in the opener and lacked any type of continuity. In many ways, their poor performance early cost the Steelers a playoff birth.
 
The Steelers also announced two roster moves on Friday, adding a punter and a long-snapper to the team. The team agreed to terms with punter Brad Wing and long-snapper Bryce Davis on Reserve / Futures contracts
 
Wing (6-3, 205-pounds) is a talented punter although he went undrafted out of LSU after leaving school early. A 2013 undrafted rookie free agent, he originally signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after the draft. He is a former Ray Guy Award Semifinalist (2011) and was voted a first-team All-American.
 
Davis (6-3, 245-pounds) was also an undrafted rookie free agent out of Central Oklahoma. Signed by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012, he spent parts of that season on their practice squad. He was released by the Bengals in final roster cuts of 2013, and spent 2013 out of the league. 
 
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Tags: Brad Wing, Bryce Davis, Football, futures contracts, Jack Bicknell Jr, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers

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