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DIESELMAN
01-29-2007, 06:34 PM
Bruce Arians was officially named the Steelers' offensive coordinator today, and Ray Horton's promotion was announced. Coach Mike Tomlin also added his WR, RB and OL coaches.

The Steelers announced today that the team has promoted two coaches and made several additions to its coaching staff, effective immediately.
The Steelers announced that Bruce Arians has been promoted to offensive coordinator after spending the past three seasons (2004-06) coaching the teamís receivers. Arians, who has been coaching in the NFL or at the collegiate level since 1975, was previously an offensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns (2001-03), Alabama (1997) and Mississippi State (1993-95). He was the head coach at Temple from 1983-88.

The team announced another promotion within their current coaching staff when they named Ray Horton defensive backs coach. Horton had spent the past three seasons (2004-06) as the Steelersí assistant defensive backs coach. Prior to joining the Steelers, Horton was the defensive backs coach for the Cincinnati Bengals (1997-01) and Detroit Lions (2002-03).

Six new coaches have joined the Steelersí staff including Ken Anderson (quarterbacks), Randy Fichtner (wide receivers), Bob Ligashesky (special teams), Kirby Wilson (running backs), Larry Zierlein (offensive line) and Amos Jones (assistant special teams).

Anderson, 57, enjoyed a 16-year playing career at quarterback with the Cincinnati Bengals (1971-86). He joined Cincinnatiís coaching staff in 1993 and spent 10 seasons as the teamís quarterbacks coach (1993-95, 2001-02) and offensive coordinator (1996-00). Anderson joined the Jacksonville Jaguarsí coaching staff in 2003, where he coached the teamís quarterbacks for four seasons (2003-06) and also coached wide receivers in 2004.

Fichtner, 43, spent the last six seasons (2001-06) as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at the Memphis, where he had also previously coached from 1990-93. Prior to joining Memphis for the second time, Fichtner was the offensive coordinator at Arkansas State (1997-00) and the wide receivers coach at his alma mater Purdue (1994-96). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Purdue (1985-86) and Michigan (1986-87), before joining Southern California as a volunteer coach in 1988. In 1989, Fichtner earned his first full-time coaching position when he coached tight ends at UNLV.

Ligashesky (lig-a-SHES-kee), 44, is a Pittsburgh native who is entering his 23rd season as a coach and his fourth in the NFL. He was the St. Louis Ramsí special teams coach from 2005-06 after entering the NFL in 2004 as assistant special teams coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ligashesky spent 19 years coaching collegiately, most recently at Pitt, where he was the tight ends/special teams coordinator (2000-03). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Wake Forest (1986) and Arizona State (1986-88). Ligashesky then coached linebackers/special teams at Kent State (1989-90) and Bowling Green (1991-98) before also assuming the role of assistant head coach at Bowling Green in 1999.

Wilson, 45, joins the Steelers with 19 years of coaching experience on the college and pro levels. He has coached running backs for the Arizona Cardinals (2004-06), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002-03), Washington Redskins (2000) and New England Patriots (1997-99). Wilson began his coaching career in 1985 at Pasadena College where he coached wide receivers, and has also coached at Los Angeles Southwest College (1989-90, quarterbacks/wide receivers), Southern Illinois (1991-92, linebackers/passing game coordinator), Wyoming (1993-94, secondary), Iowa State (1995-96, running backs) and Southern California (2001, wide receivers).

Zierlein (ZEER-line), 61, spent 2006 as offensive line coach of the Buffalo Bills after holding the same position with the Cleveland Browns from 2001-04. He has also coached offensive lines on the collegiate level at Cincinnati (1997-00), Tulane (1988-90, Ď95-96), Louisiana State (1993-94) and Houston (1978-86). From 1997-92 he was the offensive coordinator/line coach for the N.Y./N.J. Knights of the World League of American Football (WLAF), and an assistant coach with the Washington Commandos of the Arena League in 1987.

Jones, 47, most recently coached special teams/outside linebackers at Mississippi State (2004-06). Prior to joining the Bulldogs, Jones coached tight ends/special teams at James Madison (2003) and running backs/special teams at Cincinnati (1999-02). Jones began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater Alabama from 1981-82, and returned to the Crimson Tide to coach special teams from 1990-91. He also coached tight ends (1983-85) and defensive line (1986-88) at Temple, was the kicking game coordinator at Pitt (1992) and coached linebackers at Tulane (1995-96). Jones spent 1997 coaching with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL), and has also worked in the high school ranks in Alabama (1989), Florida (1993-94) and Louisiana (1998).

The remainder of the Steelers coaching staff will continue to work in their previous capacities, including defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, defensive line coach John Mitchell, linebackers coach Keith Butler, tight ends coach James Daniel, defensive assistant Lou Spanos and offensive assistant Matt Raich.

By SteelCityInsider.com
Posted Jan 29, 2007

Let the season begin.....

AZ_Steeler
01-29-2007, 07:13 PM
Sweet!! Now we can turn our attention to the draft! :cope:

Ambridge
01-29-2007, 07:28 PM
Zierlein (ZEER-line), 61, spent 2006 as offensive line coach of the Buffalo Bills after holding the same position with the Cleveland Browns from 2001-04.

:banging: :willybs:

WTF!! I would think Kevin Colbert has had some input on these coach hirings.....so what is he trying to do now?? In the recent past he's had a fettish with bringing in a flock of ex-Detroit players now it appears he wants to kill us with ex-coaches and player-coach from the sorry Browns and Bengals.

TEEMONT
01-29-2007, 07:43 PM
Eh, I am not too worried about the O-line coach, it's not like in 15 years we are going to consider....making ....him....the ....head............dammit.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-30-2007, 12:07 AM
The staff that Tomlin brought in makes me think of several options that led to his decisions on this current group:

1. He knows more about these guys than we do and doesn't feel their lack of success with their previous teams is indicative of their coaching talents.

2. He owed alot of favors to people that they now wanted to cash in on.

3. He's completely off his rocker and the staff he brought in won't last 3 seasons.

I have to feel that it's option number 1; atleast until we see how these guys do this year.

Black@Gold Forever32
01-30-2007, 12:15 AM
Hey I really like the WR's coach. What I read about him he did good as the OC for Memphis. Plus we might have a future OC if Ariens does a poor job.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-30-2007, 12:22 AM
I like Ariens alot; he did of good for our guys in the past so Im looking forward to seeing how he's going to do while calling the shots for our offense.

I didn't I didnt like all of them but some of them really make me :scratch: he knows better than we do so hopefully this current staff works out for us.

Black@Gold Forever32
01-30-2007, 12:39 AM
I like Ariens alot; he did of good for our guys in the past so Im looking forward to seeing how he's going to do while calling the shots for our offense.

I didn't I didnt like all of them but some of them really make me :scratch: he knows better than we do so hopefully this current staff works out for us.

Well I'm not smacking Bruce Ariens. Just saying I did like the hire of the WR's coach. He did alot of good for Memphis as an OC. Just saying he might be a potential OC for the future just in case Ariens doesn't do a good job. I'm interested in seeing what Ariens does as well but its good to maybe have a backup plan for the future.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-30-2007, 12:44 AM
Absolutely it's a good idea to have a backup for us in the future. It's worked out well for us in the past by promoting from within when coordinators left for other jobs so hopefully these guys can come in and learn our system while throwing in some of their own ideas as well and really make it work.

BlitzburghRockCity
01-30-2007, 01:49 AM
Some more insight on the coaches and how they were chosen


http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07030/757897-66.stm

Anderson, 57, never worked with Tomlin, but he was the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals when Tomlin was working as an assistant coach at the University of Cincinnati.


*Ray Horton was promoted from assistant defensive backs coach.
But four of the new assistant coaches who signed contracts yesterday worked with Tomlin either in college or in the NFL.

They are:

Offensive line coach Larry Zierlein, who was the offensive line coach at the University of Cincinnati when Tomlin was there. Zierlein, 62, was also the offensive line coach with the Cleveland Browns when Bruce Arians was the Browns' offensive coordinator.

Wide receivers coach Randy Fichtner, who coached with Tomlin at Arkansas State and the University of Memphis. Fichtner, 43, a native of West Mifflin, was offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Memphis the past six seasons.

Assistant special teams coach Amos Jones, who coached the running backs and special teams during Tomlin's tenure at Cincinnati. He coached special teams and outside linebackers the past three seasons at Mississippi State.

Running backs coach Kirby Wilson, who was the running backs coach at Tampa Bay (2002-2003) when Tomlin was the Buccaneers' secondary coach. Wilson was the running backs coach the past two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.

"It's not that we all think the same," Tomlin said. "But [I want] guys who have the base core football values that I have. As coaches, we need to be teachers. Success is built on fundamentals, muscle memory and execution."

DIESELMAN
01-30-2007, 05:03 AM
"It's not that we all think the same," Tomlin said. "But [I want] guys who have the base core football values that I have. As coaches, we need to be teachers. Success is built on fundamentals, muscle memory and execution." I'm really thinking Tomlin does know what hes doing. If you take a group of coaches who all have the same values and work ethics then sooner then later the whole team will have that mentality. I've always said getting back to basics and fundamentals is what we lost last year. Winning the SB was great but it got us unfocused and satisfied our hunger. Tomlin brought guys in here who will bring back our appetite for a championship.