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JensK
01-29-2010, 05:20 PM
Olsavsky back in the black and gold
Friday, January 29, 2010


Steelers Hire Olsavsky as Defensive Quality Control Coach



PITTSBURGH ─ The Steelers added a familiar name to their coaching staff today when they named Jerry Olsavsky their new defensive quality control coach. In his new position, Olsavsky will assist all areas of the defensive staff in their daily operations.

Olsavsky, 42, was drafted by the Steelers in the 10th round of the 1989 NFL Draft and played linebacker with the team from 1989-97. He finished his playing career in 1998 with the Baltimore Ravens.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Olsavsky spent the past seven seasons coaching linebackers for Youngstown State. Prior to coaching at Youngstown State, Olsavsky spent one year as an assistant strength coach at University of North Carolina, and he also coached at his alma mater Chaney High School in Youngstown and at Duquesne University.

Olsavsky’s Pittsburgh roots extend back to his college days when he was named a first-team Kodak All-American as a senior in 1988 at the University of Pittsburgh. He became the Panthers’ first player since 1976 to record more than 100 tackles in three straight seasons.

Despite being considered undersized as a player, Olsavsky was known for being a fearless competitor and a tireless worker. He played in 108 games for the Steelers and made 227 tackles while also excelling on special teams throughout his career. Olsavsky battled back from a career threatening knee injury in 1993 to become a starter at inside linebacker for the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX.


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http://steelers.com/article/116970/

SnakeEyes43
01-29-2010, 05:44 PM
Oh cool. Sounds good to me. It's cool that he gets to come back to where he was drafted and help coach, especially defense on a team like the Steelers. :yellowthumb:

steelersbabex25
01-29-2010, 06:14 PM
They do need some quality control on defense..

Stlrs4Life
01-29-2010, 11:35 PM
Welcome back Jerry O!

Callax
01-30-2010, 10:01 AM
He is one of these players that usually make good coaches. Not gifted physically, these types of people have to be a smarter football to compensate for good, but not great, physical ability. I think he will help us. I liked how he was productive being deemed "undersized". I once met him in person and he is not a large physicaly imposing person. I do respect how he was able to play for a long time and play effectively!!
Good Hire!!!!!!!!!!!

BlitzburghRockCity
01-31-2010, 09:38 AM
That's great, welcome back Jerry! He was always one of those guys that just came to work every day with his lunch bucket and strapped it up for 60 minutes. He's a scrapper, a competitor, and someone you just had to like because he wasn't flashy or a superstar, just a good ole football player.

xxxsteelernation
01-31-2010, 01:06 PM
Next we need to brink Greg Lloyd back just 4 defensive motivation. Seems like we lost a lot of that this year. I know we had some key player injury's but carter and gay just played with no passion in my opinion. But Jerry's is going to make heads fly when they get outta line. Great hire by the steelers.

Lunchbucket
01-31-2010, 01:26 PM
Intresting coaching position,He needs to light a fire in our defense and seperate those that can and can not do.

jcloss23
01-31-2010, 05:43 PM
is this a sign that D.L. will be gone in a couple of years, this makes me sad and this makes me think he may be taking over in te next few years, what does everyone think?

BlitzburghRockCity
02-02-2010, 09:04 AM
I don't think this signing and what Jerry's job duties will consist of means anything more than what it actually is. He's being brought in to help out Lebeau and the rest of the staff in all aspects of the unit. Jerry O is not all of the sudden magically in line to replace Lebeau or something, let's not jump the gun on something like that. Having an extra set of hands and an extra experienced defensive mind to help the group out in their day to day activities and such can only be a good thing.

LatrobePA
02-02-2010, 09:11 AM
I don't think this signing and what Jerry's job duties will consist of means anything more than what it actually is. He's being brought in to help out Lebeau and the rest of the staff in all aspects of the unit. Jerry O is not all of the sudden magically in line to replace Lebeau or something, let's not jump the gun on something like that. Having an extra set of hands and an extra experienced defensive mind to help the group out in their day to day activities and such can only be a good thing.

Agree'd, Dick can't see everything that goes on, so an extra set of eyes will be good!

ejsteeler
02-02-2010, 01:05 PM
True, I don't think he is a D.L. replacement or even groomie, but let's face facts, Mr. Labeau doesn't have much time left on the sidelines. Sooner or later we have to say good-bye.....hopefully later though. :cope: