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SteelCityKid5
01-07-2010, 12:20 PM
Steelers fire special teams coordinator
Thursday, January 07, 2010
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin continued to make changes in his coaching staff today, firing special teams coordinator Bob Ligashesky, the Post-Gazette has learned.
Ligashesky, a McKees Rocks native, becomes the second assistant in as many days to be dismissed, joining offensive line coach Larry Zierlein.


The special teams were a major source of concern after the Steelers allowed four kickoff returns for touchdowns in a five-game span. The Steelers finished the regular season ranked 24th in punt coverag, allowing an average of 9.8 yards per return; and 30th in kick coverage, allowing an average of 24.3 yards per return, in the NFL.
It is not known who will be hired to replace Ligashesky, 46, but former Steelers special teams coach Bobby April (1994-95) is available. He waived the final two years of his contract with the Buffalo Bills, who fired their entire coaching staff this week, so he could be free to negotiate with another team.


Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10007/1026499-100.stm#ixzz0bwb0Z0KH

K Train
01-07-2010, 12:21 PM
this really is not that great of news anymore considering the **** tease of letting arians go

BlitzburghRockCity
01-07-2010, 12:39 PM
Indeed Ktrain, while we can certainly be happy that our ST coverage units will hopefully improve with this change, it's still a bit of a letdown since Arians is still in control of the offense.

Our ST certainly could not have been anyworse, IMO, this should have been the first dismissal that should have occured. I don't wish unemployment on anybody in this day and age, but our coverage units were so bad that something had to be done.

LatrobePA
01-07-2010, 12:40 PM
this really is not that great of news anymore considering the **** tease of letting arians go

Hit the nail right on the head as usual!

coldrolled
01-07-2010, 12:49 PM
Hit the nail right on the head as usual!

This is a plus.. ST and OL coaches gone we were right there...

we are still right about arians....

Arians may be last on the list...

Corporations come up with all kinds of smoke screens.

weis was hired by KC. maybe they have noone they like right now.

LatrobePA
01-07-2010, 01:03 PM
This is a plus.. ST and OL coaches gone we were right there...

we are still right about arians....

Arians may be last on the list...

Corporations come up with all kinds of smoke screens.

weis was hired by KC. maybe they have noone they like right now.

I personally think BA will **** enough people off and will be gone (soon)!!

lloydfan4life
01-07-2010, 01:13 PM
I personally think BA will **** enough people off and will be gone (soon)!!

:lol: All of Steeler Nation isn't enough already? :duh:

coldrolled
01-07-2010, 01:17 PM
:lol: All of Steeler Nation isn't enough already? :duh:

Problem is the Steeler News media is not Steeler Nation, they seem to love Arians...

30% on 3rd down, and some crappy percentage in the redzone means nothing to the steelers douch'ette and the others in the media.

Bruce is great... 4000 yards for Ben..:cope::cope::cope:

Big T
01-07-2010, 01:42 PM
come on....just one more

BlitzburghRockCity
01-07-2010, 02:29 PM
What kills me is, how can a team have such bad special teams coverage units. I mean it's not rocket science here. You run down, stay in your lane, and make the tackle. If he breaks contain then you try to force him to the sidelines or atleast into a group of your players to make the tackle. If you stay in your lane you don't normally have any issues in the coverage game. Over the last 15 years we seem to have either really great ST or the worst in the league, there's no middle ground with us. Don't they always say that playing special teams in 90% Want and 10% scheme, or something like that? I'm quite sure there's a science to it, and you have to coach it the right way in practice each week too; but man it just doesn't seem like we should have so problems with this unit every couple years.

So how much of it is the scheme, and how much of it is the players just not executing on the field. It's obviously both, but hopefully a fresh face on the sidelines will cure what ails this underachieving group.

Zachintosh66
01-07-2010, 03:34 PM
betcha they will just promote Amos Jones (Asst. Special Teams Coach).

Goodfrom55
01-07-2010, 03:57 PM
What kills me is, how can a team have such bad special teams coverage units. I mean it's not rocket science here. You run down, stay in your lane, and make the tackle..

The problem, at least 50% of it is poor Kickoffs with little or no hangtime. Might be time if the Steelers are going to resign Reed, to bring in a KOS (Kick-off spceiclaist).

LatrobePA
01-07-2010, 04:46 PM
The problem, at least 50% of it is poor Kickoffs with little or no hangtime. Might be time if the Steelers are going to resign Reed, to bring in a KOS (Kick-off spceiclaist).

You hit it!

Zachintosh66
01-07-2010, 05:05 PM
The problem, at least 50% of it is poor Kickoffs with little or no hangtime. Might be time if the Steelers are going to resign Reed, to bring in a KOS (Kick-off spceiclaist).

Problem is as i see it, when you have suspect defensive depth your ST will struggle...

Half of our backups were "fringe/bubble" roster guys... im not saying you can load your team with 7 potential starters. And the other half is guys who are there are over the hill...

SteelSkin37
01-07-2010, 06:33 PM
Execution on special teams is way more important that scheme but alot of the times both get thrown out the window. I'm glad to see the change but you can plan out the perfect return, run reverse after reverse, run up the middle , to the left and to the right if one guys gets tripped up or blows his assignment its ruined. Execution of your assignment is key but also team work and communication on the field is important. If you notice the man beside you go down you know there's going to be an unblocked man you need to account for your block then go to his if possible and by then hopefully he's up and can pick your man up. I think special teams should practice (maybe they do) a man down for these certain scenarios. On the defensive side of special teams I fill the same just that blocks need to be shed quicker and maybe some quicker feet on the outside to help contain the run to the middle Bottom line EXECUTION!!!!!!! GO STEELERS!!!!!

Callax
01-07-2010, 10:03 PM
I'm just happy that A$$ clown legshitsky got canned!!!!!
Bring in B April and fix this damn mess....

Just need a GOOD OC to replace BA!!!

Stlrs4Life
01-07-2010, 10:18 PM
Good, now go hire Bobby April back.

75Steeler
01-07-2010, 10:42 PM
Execution on special teams is way more important that scheme but alot of the times both get thrown out the window. I'm glad to see the change but you can plan out the perfect return, run reverse after reverse, run up the middle , to the left and to the right if one guys gets tripped up or blows his assignment its ruined. Execution of your assignment is key but also team work and communication on the field is important. If you notice the man beside you go down you know there's going to be an unblocked man you need to account for your block then go to his if possible and by then hopefully he's up and can pick your man up. I think special teams should practice (maybe they do) a man down for these certain scenarios. On the defensive side of special teams I fill the same just that blocks need to be shed quicker and maybe some quicker feet on the outside to help contain the run to the middle Bottom line EXECUTION!!!!!!! GO STEELERS!!!!!

Is FWP the "quicker feet" we could use on ST? Then he would also be available as a back up to the offense should we need him. I'd hate to lose him if we can keep him cheap.

jcloss23
01-08-2010, 01:30 AM
at least its a start...

Zachintosh66
01-08-2010, 01:36 AM
Bobby April is being targeted by Shanny and the Redskins...

like i said before, betcha they will just promote Amos Jones (Asst. Special Teams Coach).

SteelSkin37
01-08-2010, 11:58 PM
:helmet:Yeah maybe but I think WP will be gone. It seems he was auditioning for next year at times. I like him but it seems that hes being faded out. I guess well see. :cope: