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Koopa
01-09-2007, 02:37 AM
i know there's a million threads, but they are all getting cluttered so it's time to start fresh lol


Russ Grimm is down, Ken Whisenhunt is at-bat today and on deck is Mike Tomlin as the Steelers speed through interviews to find the replacement for coach Bill Cowher.

And the deeper they go through the process, the more obvious it becomes that their next coach will come from within, either Grimm or Whisenhunt.

Grimm, their line coach and assistant head coach, became the second known coach to interview for the job when Steelers officials met with him yesterday at their offices in Heinz Field. Whisenhunt, their offensive coordinator, will interview today.

The Steelers already interviewed Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera in Chicago over the weekend. Tomorrow, Tomlin, who finished his first season as Minnesota's defensive coordinator, will be interviewed.

"I guess it went as well as could be expected," Grimm said. "I was comfortable with it. Now we'll just sit back and wait and see what happens."

No more interviews are known to be scheduled and it's possible the Steelers could have a new head coach by the weekend.

Grimm and Whisenhunt had been the front-runners for the job even before Cowher quit Friday and nothing has happened to change that.

Whisenhunt may have lost out on the head coaching job in his hometown of Atlanta when the Falcons hired Louisville coach Bobby Petrino yesterday. Whisenhunt, sources said, told the Falcons he wanted to wait to be interviewed by the Steelers and see what they would do before he could commit to another job. The Falcons either did not want to wait or were unwilling to have an appearance that they were settling for a second choice.

Grimm and Whisenhunt also are candidates for the Arizona Cardinals coaching job. Grimm will head to Arizona today. Whisenhunt also has been interviewed by the Miami Dolphins.

"I'll go out there tomorrow and see what they have to say and come back on Wednesday," Grimm said.

Rivera, who is Hispanic, and Tomlin, who is African-American, qualify as minority interviews, a requirement in the NFL under its Rooney Rule, put in place at the encouragement of Steelers chairman Dan Rooney. Rivera is not able to be hired until the Bears' playoff run ends.

NOTE -- The Steelers signed defensive end Shaun Nua and defensive tackle Scott Paxson. Nua, a seventh-round draft choice in 2005 from BYU, spent most of last season on the team's practice squad. Paxson, an undrafted rookie from Penn State, was waived after training camp but signed to the practice squad Dec. 12.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07009/752287-66.stm

Koopa
01-09-2007, 02:54 AM
i hope grimm blows the cards away, and they hire him on the spot lol....and i hope whiz blows the ronneys away and then he makes them get a new field lol

i talk a lot of **** about grimm but i really wouldn't mind him as the head coach i just rather have whiz......i don't really want rivera anymore, i'm just to lazy to take his name out of my sig......i rather it be grimm or whiz.......so go WHIZ!!

AZ_Steeler
01-09-2007, 10:52 AM
:banging: I can't take it... :banging: Just pick a freaking coach and let's move on!!! :D

IMO, I think Whiz would be the better option because Grimm is more likely to stick around afterwards.

House of Steel
01-09-2007, 10:56 AM
That is true, Chris. Koopa is right too.

BBG7
01-09-2007, 11:31 AM
I just want to know who our coach is going to be next year...let's get this thing going! I do have a feeling they will stay in house...and I think either guy is capable...I'm with Koopa though...Whiz would be my #1 choice

BlitzburghRockCity
01-09-2007, 02:23 PM
I hate this waiting too !! :cursin: Im glad that the Rooneys are so selective and precise in their search but damn, hurry up already :lol:

LatrobePA
01-09-2007, 03:29 PM
A couple more days won't kill us, hell we played most of this season with out a head coach!!

OUCH!!

Blitzburgh55
01-09-2007, 03:56 PM
Lets pick someone good thats is my choice

BBG7
01-09-2007, 05:58 PM
I have faith in the Rooney's...I do believe they will chose the best fit person for the Steelers

LatrobePA
01-09-2007, 06:59 PM
I have faith in the Rooney's...I do believe they will chose the best fit person for the Steelers

Agreed!!:crossfingers:

Black@Gold Forever32
01-09-2007, 07:18 PM
I have faith in the Rooney's...I do believe they will chose the best fit person for the Steelers

Agree there BBG7. I trust the Rooneys will make the right choice and if it takes 3 or 4 weeks to find the man then so be it.

SteelersfaninPhilly
01-09-2007, 07:21 PM
Grimm or Wisenhunt.

Koopa
01-09-2007, 07:34 PM
it better not take 3 to 4 weeks, i think i'll go more nuts then i already am lol

Black@Gold Forever32
01-09-2007, 07:46 PM
it better not take 3 to 4 weeks, i think i'll go more nuts then i already am lol

Patience Koop Patience.lol

SteelersfaninPhilly
01-09-2007, 07:54 PM
Koopa and patience? :hilarious: Could have your new coach by Saturday.

House of Steel
01-09-2007, 07:58 PM
I think Patience is not a word in Koopa's vocabulary.

Koopa
01-09-2007, 08:09 PM
hell no it ain't lol.....i got it from my mom i think, she has no patience either lol

Black@Gold Forever32
01-09-2007, 08:09 PM
Its going to be Whiz and Grimm is going to be named HC of the Cards. A little birdie told me.

Koopa
01-09-2007, 08:13 PM
that would be awesome....i like grimm i just like talkin **** about him but i would rather have whiz, i hope if your bridie is right i wish him well there.....the cards need an oline and they'd be pretty good with the offensive talent they have lol

Black@Gold Forever32
01-09-2007, 08:21 PM
that would be awesome....i like grimm i just like talkin **** about him but i would rather have whiz, i hope if your bridie is right i wish him well there.....the cards need an oline and they'd be pretty good with the offensive talent they have lol

Yea I want Whiz also. I just watched on Fox Sports Pittsburgh Whiz talking to some reporters in Pittsburgh and on how much he wants to stay in Pittsburgh. To me I like hearing that since if hired he might be here for the next 10-15 years.

House of Steel
01-09-2007, 08:26 PM
WHIZ would be a great choice and he would let Ben open a can of whoop *** on the NFL and not baby him. This would be sweeeeeeeeeeeeetttttttttttt. LeBeau would stay at D. I thought Grimm would stay too but we will see.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-10-2007, 01:20 AM
Comon already, I can't take it anymore :lol:

SteelersfaninPhilly
01-10-2007, 01:24 AM
Oh be patient. You can wait a few more days. :lol: