Steelers Offensive Line Coach has no interest in becoming the next Offensive Coordinator according to an interview he did on 93.7 The FAN this morning.
There was some speculation that Kugler might be in line for the vacancy left by the now departed Bruce Arians.
Kugler has been with the Steelers for 2 years now, after coming over from Buffalo. He’s had many a challenge in his career with the team so far. Trying to deal with the multiple injuries each season as well as bring a long young stars like 2nd year Center Maurkice Pouncey and rookie Marcus Gilbert, both out of Florida. Kugs, as the local media refers to him as, does an admirable job keeping the guys prepared and ready to step in at a moments notice, many times out of their natural position.
We’ve been reporting that the odds on favorite for this job is current QB Coach Randy Fichtner, who hasn’t commented to date on his interest in the job. It’s widely speculated that it’s just a matter of time before the team announces that he is the man selected for the job.
Here’s the bio for Coach Kugler per the team’s website.
Sean Kugler is in his second season with the Steelers. He was hired on January 14, 2010 as the team’s offensive line coach.
Despite having a number of injures to the offensive line in 2010, Kugler’s work helped the Steelers average 120.3 rushing yards per game, outrushing 17-of-19 opponents, including the postseason. Kugler was instrumental in the development of Steelers’ rookie Maurkice Pouncey. In 2010, Pouncey, who became the first Steelers’ rookie lineman to start in his first NFL game since 2000 (Marvel Smith), was selected to the Pro Bowl.
Kugler, who is in his 10th season as an NFL coach, previously served as the offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills from 2008-09 after joining them in 2007 as the assistant offensive line coach. While there, Kugler coached Jason Peters to consecutive Pro Bowls (2007-08). In 2007, the Bills’ offensive line set a team record for allowing just 26 sacks and from 2007 to 2009 paved the way for three consecutive 1,000 yard rushers. Kugler began his NFL coaching career working with both the offensive line and tight ends for the Detroit Lions from 2001-05.
Kugler served as the assistant head coach/offensive line for Boise State in 2006. The Broncos were the only undefeated Division I-A NCAA team, finishing the season with a 13-0 record and a dramatic 43-42 victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. The offensive line opened holes for the sixth-ranked rushing attack in the country as the Broncos averaged 222.8 yards per game and paved the way for RB Ian Johnson who rushed for 1,755 yards to rank second in the nation and led the country with 25 touchdowns. Also at Boise State, Kugler coached future Denver Pro Bowl OT Ryan Clady.
Kugler was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Texas El-Paso (UTEP) from 1984-88. He played one season in the World League of American Football (WLAF) with the Sacramento Surge in 1989. Kugler earned his degree in education at the University of South Florida in 1991 while coaching three years of high school football in Tampa, Fla. from 1990-92. He coached for eight seasons at UTEP, assisting the defensive line as a graduate assistant in 1993 before coaching tight ends (1994) and the offensive line (1995-00).
A native of Lockport, N.Y., Kugler and his wife Patsy have two sons, Robert (18), Patrick (16) and one daughter, Kali (10).