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DIESELMAN
01-17-2007, 07:22 PM
Russ Grimm talked to the Steelersí brass for six hours Wednesday and then talked to the media for six minutes. Catch those six minutes here in the transcript of the offensive line coach who dares to follow in the footsteps of Chuck Noll and Bill Cowher.

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RUSS GRIMM
Russ Grimm has coached the Pittsburgh Steelersí offensive line the last six seasons and has also been the assistant head coach the last three seasons. He played center at the University of Pittsburgh before breaking into the NFL as the left guard of the Washington Redskins in 1981. Grimm played 11 seasons and was part of three Super Bowl titles with the Redskins. He began coaching the Redskinsí tight ends in 1992 and took over the offensive line in 1997 and stayed until the end of the 2000 season before joining the Steelers. Hereís the transcript from Wednesdayís conference with reporters:

Whatís there to talk about for six hours?

Itís a process that Iíve kind of gotten a little familiar with the last couple of years. Itís a thorough process and itís one of those things. Theyíll make a decision when theyíre comfortable. I thought things went as well as could be expected. Iím happy with the way things went on my end. But again, gotta sit back and wait for a decision to be made and weíll go from there.

What are you offering the Steelers?

Iím excited about the opportunity. I think itís a point in time in my career where Iím ready to make that next move. Itís not like you can say, well this was my record when I was a head coach here or a head coach there. Iím excited about it. Iím confident in my ability to run this football team. Again, the Steelers are built from the ownership, the community. Whether itís me that fills in this spot or somebody else, I think this football team is going to be successful, just simply for the fact of the way itís been built through the years, the way itís been handled, the support it gets from the community. Iím just excited about the opportunity.

Is continuity important?

Sometimes it is; sometimes it isnít. I donít want to get into too many detailed questions. Iím not making that decision. Iím excited about having a chance to be the head coach of this football team.

How long will the process take?

Itís a big decision. I know if I was on the other end of the table Iím not going to make the decision until Iím comfortable with somebody. As an assistant coach, Iím not making a decision or calling a play until Iím comfortable with it. Itís a process you go through and when theyíre comfortable with one of the candidates for the job, theyíll make a decision and things will move forward.

Is this team close? Or is 8-8 a little more indicative that thereís some work ahead?

Obviously thereís work wherever you go. Every year there are different teams. Youíve seen it over the last couple of years: Teams that were in the playoffs the year before, all of the sudden half or more are out the next year. Players move from team to team. You like to think thereís a good nucleus on this football team. Thereís enough ability on this football team. Itís just a matter of getting things in place, making sure that chemistryís there from year to year, taking one game at a time, eliminating some mistakes, and weíll see what happens.

Would you say Joe Gibbs was your major football influence?

There was a lot of guys. Thereís a lot of coaches I either coached for or played for that kind of influenced different characteristics in my style of coaching. There were Jackie Sherrill, Joe Moore from college, Joe Gibbs, coach [Bill] Cowher, Joe Bugel. You pick up a little bit from everything. I donít think itís just one characteristic. You watch how other people do it. I know that the last couple years I kind of watched how Bill handled certain things. You watch the news on how other coaches handle certain situations, how they handle it during the good times, how they react to things during the bad times, how you handle off-the-field things, how you deal with the press, how you deal with the community; things like that. There are a lot of variables that go into it. I wouldnít say it was definitely one guy. Iíve been blessed to have been around some good coaches. Sometimes weíll be standing there arguing; you may go, Ďwell, that didnít rub off on him,í or Ďthis didnít rub off on him.í You cross that bridge when you get there.

Were you disappointed that Bill didnít recommend you for this job?

I donít know if thatís an accurate statement. Itís been said, but it wasnít said to me. It hasnít been said here, so weíll leave that one alone.

Coach, if you did get the job would you be inclined to keep the staff thatís in place?

Iím not going to make any comments on staff. We have a lot of good football coaches here. Itís evident. We had a Super Bowl run two seasons ago. We have a lot of good football coaches. Thereís a lot of good football coaches out there. Iím not in a position right now to make decisions or to make comments on those positions.

When you do a lengthy interview such as this, are there portions in which you ask them questions?

There is. I mean, there are certain parts of this job Iím unfamiliar with just because of the experience factor. Thereís going to be things that I have to deal with that are league factors that havenít come across my desk before. Itís kind of a little bit of the unknown. I donít know what goes on at league meetings. I havenít been to a league meeting. Those things kind of excite you as to see what happens. Again, I feel confident in the other areas of coaching a football team, but thereís a lot more that goes into it.

Russ, concerning your resume, could you be any more prepared? What do you not know about the football part of it?

Thereís always things that come up different. Again, I feel confident as far as when to use timeouts, when to throw the flag, when to run, when to pass, when to punt, when to go for it. Those are decisions that sometimes are gut feelings. Sometimes everyone in the stands feels one way and you feel the other. Am I saying Iím not going to make any mistakes? No. I imagine that the longer you coach the more things you see and when those things come up you learn from them. I donít know if I need more on the resume or whatever. Itís exciting. Itís flattering to have the chance to get it, and itís kind of exciting once you go through the process and see what is all involved.

How do you deal with all the different personalities of the players?

Just like weíre standing in the room here. Everybody has a different personality. Part of the job is to take those different personalities, take those different backgrounds Ė whether it be religion, whether it be race, whether it be habits off the field Ė and try to blend that group into one machine on Sunday. And it takes different parts. Everybodyís not going to be the same. Everybody in the mediaís not going to be the same. Thereís people you go to work with. You say: I like talking to this guy; this guyís a good worker but he has no personality; this guyís a pain in the butt. Itís in every profession. Youíve got to be able to deal with it and if everybodyís working toward the same result, youíll make some progress.

By Jim Wexell
SteelCityInsider.com
Posted Jan 17, 2007

Not a lot of answers but I feel hes a better fit then Whiz mostly because hes got the stones to tell players when they are screwin up.....:helmet:

Koopa
01-17-2007, 07:29 PM
6 hours?? he's got this on lock........

F U C K........i can't stand it that i can't help but like grimm lol, he's got a badass name russ grimm, and everything i read on him is nothing but great stuff lol......i kind of want a younger guy, but i guess 47 is a good age lol.........

DIESELMAN
01-17-2007, 07:33 PM
6 hours?? he's got this on lock........

Ain't no tellin Koop, the way all this has been playing out the past couple of weeks who knows.....yeah 6 hours is a long time to interview who knows when the Bears lose this week Rivera could have a 8 hour interview.

AZ_Steeler
01-17-2007, 07:35 PM
6 hours!!! Wow that almost shows Grimm is going to get it unless of course they weren't getting the right answers and had to keep asking the same question over and over :dunno:

I would like to Grimm now though... since Whiz is gone now...

BB2W
01-17-2007, 07:37 PM
Thanks for the post... I've kinda been pulling for Grimm all along. :redcool:

BlitzburghRockCity
01-17-2007, 08:14 PM
Hot damn, a longer interview means atleast they are SERIOUSLY considering him. Comon guys, just pick Grimm and lets get on !

Koopa
01-17-2007, 08:15 PM
yup, they need to just give him the job and stop getting tomlins and riveras hopes up.........russ gots this on lock.........now lets get to the draft lol

BlitzburghRockCity
01-17-2007, 08:17 PM
He just seems like a guy that would fit us well, his attitude and humbleness and his dedication to our team..comon just pick the guy already !

Koopa
01-17-2007, 08:20 PM
i'm just glad he doesn't look like andy reid anymore lol......well he doesn't in that pic in the first post lol.........

BlitzburghRockCity
01-17-2007, 08:22 PM
You just can't be pleased can you ? :lol:

Koopa
01-17-2007, 08:23 PM
i'm pleased, he doesn't look like that fat *** andy anymore, now he just looks like a fat ***

K Train
01-17-2007, 08:28 PM
after i read up on him i really wanna see tomlin get some serious consideration too

rainman
01-17-2007, 10:13 PM
I think Grimm is our man, I just wish it was over so we can get on with business.

Koopa
01-17-2007, 10:18 PM
the 6 hours was probably drawing up a contract, i bet he's signed, and they just ain't saying it right now lol

BlitzburghRockCity
01-17-2007, 10:44 PM
Im sure they discussed some preliminary contract parameters regardless just in case.

Comon already, this waiting sux !

BBG7
01-18-2007, 08:31 AM
I WISH THEY WOULD JUST HURRRY UP AND HIRE SOMEONE!!!!!

House of Steel
01-18-2007, 09:43 AM
I am sure if Grimm is being hired, they would announce it as soon as this weekend, but again, the whole scenario is riding on what happens to the Bears this weekend. I would like Grimm to get the job more than the other two.

SteelersfaninPhilly
01-18-2007, 03:34 PM
A change of course hmmm........

Stairwayto7
01-18-2007, 05:39 PM
I WISH THEY WOULD JUST HURRRY UP AND HIRE SOMEONE!!!!!

I agree but if it is Grimm, then it doesnt matter anyway, other than he better hurry and get an offensive coord.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-18-2007, 06:23 PM
They can't really hurry to hire an OC till they get a coach and if it's grimm then either Whipple or Ariens will be named the OC. If its Tomlin or Rivera then it's anybodys guess :dunno:

SteelersfaninPhilly
01-18-2007, 07:14 PM
They can't really hurry to hire an OC till they get a coach and if it's grimm then either Whipple or Ariens will be named the OC. If its Tomlin or Rivera then it's anybodys guess :dunno:


On that note, arizona asked to interview Ariens for there OC job. Steelers told Ken NO!

Koopa
01-18-2007, 07:29 PM
lol, but they let him take our special teams coach lol.......they giving ken no respect lol

BlitzburghRockCity
01-18-2007, 07:31 PM
On that note, arizona asked to interview Ariens for there OC job. Steelers told Ken NO!

Hell No you punk ***, leaving Pittsburgh, free loading, coach stealer, you aint getting any of our guys !

BBG7
01-18-2007, 07:56 PM
I agree but if it is Grimm, then it doesnt matter anyway, other than he better hurry and get an offensive coord.

True...but the suspense is absolutely killing me already...I just want to know who the coach will be that will lead us to the SB next year!!!:tt02:

Stairwayto7
01-18-2007, 08:12 PM
True...but the suspense is absolutely killing me already...I just want to know who the coach will be that will lead us to the SB next year!!!:tt02:

Understood! I want to know, then get an O Coord that Ben likes!

BlitzburghRockCity
01-18-2007, 08:37 PM
Ben would love Grimm Im sure since he's an offensive guy and you know them QB's love offensive minded coaches.

Black@Gold Forever32
01-18-2007, 09:33 PM
Hell No you punk ***, leaving Pittsburgh, free loading, coach stealer, you aint getting any of our guys !

How can you blame Whiz for taking a HC job? Its not his fault the Rooney's have their process. I'm not blaming the Rooney's either. Just saying Whiz couldn't wait forever. Ok how about if Whiz would have waited and Grimm was named Steelers HC and then the rest of the teams looking for coaches field their spots. Then Whiz would have been left out in the cold. Its a business and Whiz had a chance to better himself. Hard to fault a guy for doing that. Thats just my :2cents:.

Plus I say let him have some of our assistants. I know Bruce Arians didn't have an impressive track record as an OC before. So I hope Whipple gets the OC spot over Arians.

DIESELMAN
01-18-2007, 09:47 PM
How can you blame Whiz for taking a HC job? Its not his fault the Rooney's have their process. I'm not blaming the Rooney's either. Just saying Whiz couldn't wait forever. Ok how about if Whiz would have waited and Grimm was named Steelers HC and then the rest of the teams looking for coaches field their spots. Then Whiz would have been left out in the cold. Its a business and Whiz had a chance to better himself. Hard to fault a guy for doing that. Thats just my :2cents:.

Well put..... hes got to get his start somewhere.....yeah he was wanting the Steelers HC job but after a certain time that gut feeling kicks in and you have to move on. Good Luck Whiz.....:helmet:

LatrobePA
01-19-2007, 01:39 PM
Just thought of something, everyone is making a big deal about Grimm interview lasting 6 hrs. But did anyone ever stop to think that they all took Tomlin to a Pens game for hours after his interview??? So does that mean they discussed wages at the Pens game????

BlitzburghRockCity
01-19-2007, 02:28 PM
Im sure the Steelers have a suite at the igloo reserved for them and their use. Alot of times they take prospective coaches to games or to dinner, that's their trademark so to speak..I would think you would get much more football talk accomplished over dinner or in private in a meeting than at a pens game though.

SteelerNation
01-19-2007, 07:56 PM
I really dont think grim is the guy for the steelers. yea he may be from here also in the staff but we need a new face someone fresh with fire built in them ready to be let out.


And grim does not have that.

I say mike tomlin. but thats just me.