Whisenhunt named OC

The Steelers today did the expected as head coach Bill Cowher hired Ken Whisenhunt as his offensive coordinator while also promoting Russ Grimm to offensive line/assistant head coach.<br><br> The move comes less than one week after offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey was named head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

A former NFL tight end, Whisenhunt, the Steelers who had been the Steelers' tight end coach since 2001, has seven years of coaching experience in the NFL. He spent 2000 as tight ends coach for the New York Jets. Prior to the Jets, he spent the 1999 season coaching special teams for the Cleveland Browns. Whisenhunt's first NFL coaching job was with the Baltimore Ravens in 1997, where he coached tight ends for two seasons.

The move comes less than one week after offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey was named head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

Whisenhunt's first NFL coaching job was with the Baltimore Ravens in 1997, where he coached tight ends for two seasons.

The 41-year-old Whisenhunt began his coaching career at Vanderbilt University, where he coached special teams, tight ends and H-Backs for the Commodores from 1995 to 1996.

A graduate of Georgia Tech, Whisenhunt played nine seasons as a tight end/ H-Back for the Atlanta Falcons (1985-88), Washington Redskins (1989-90) and New York Jets (1991-93). He caught 62 passes for 601 yards and six TDs and earned a reputation as a well-rounded tight end and special teams player. Whisenhunt finished his Georgia Tech career ranked second on the Yellow Jackets' all-time receiving yardage list (1,264 yards) and fourth in career receptions (82). He was a consensus All-ACC and honorable mention All- America selection as a senior in 1984 when he averaged 19.1 yards-per-catch.

The Steelers chose Whisenhunt over Grimm and Cincinnati running backs coach Jim Anderson.

Grimm's promotion will give him more input in offensive game plans, but his specific duties are not yet known.

Grimm was a finalist for the head coaching position of the Chicago Bears, but lost out on the job to St. Louis defensive coordinator Lovie Smith.

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