Suddenly, the stakes for the Steelers to get Dick LeBeau as their defensive coordinator went up considerably. Also, you can bet head coach Bill Cowher has his fingers crossed that Russ Grimm doesn't get the head coaching position in Chicago that he is a finalist for.
Given their 6-10 record this season, there figured to be a lot of
turnover with the Steelers this season. Little did we know it
would include revamping half the coaching staff.
Grimm is prospect No. 1 to become the team's new offensive
coordinator. Why him and not tight ends coach Ken Whisenhunt
or Tom Clements?
Given Grimm's skipping of the coordinator interviews and
leaping right into the head coaching pool, perhaps Cowher
figures if he doesn't make Grimm a coordinator now, he'll lose
him next year.
And given Cowher's respect for Grimm's ability as a coach and
motivator, that's something he doesn't want to happen.
Whisenhunt and Clements, while certainly capable enough men,
simply don't command the respect that Grimm does.
As for the defensive coordinator position, Greg Blache will
interview Wednesday, but the job will be LeBeau's if he wants it.
It may not make Willy Robinson all that happy, but Cowher's
going to go with a known commodity unless Mularkey outbids
him for LeBeau's services.
Mularkey may also make a play for Clements as his offensive
coordinator, Clements was a finalist for Buffalo's offensive
coordinator position when Kevin Gilbride was hired and would
be a natural fit there.
Where do they go from here?
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