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SteelersWoman
03-16-2007, 08:40 AM
http://news.steelers.com/article/74395/

Thursday, March 15, 2007
By Teresa Varley



For four seasons Larry Zierlein coached the Cleveland Browns offensive line and had to face the Steelers defense twice a year.
Now, his line will have to face them on a daily basis, and he isn't sure which is worse.
"I can't quite figure out if it's better to go against this defense twice a year in games, or to not have to face them in games but have to go through practices against them,' said Zierlein. "It's an outstanding defense."
Zierlein, the team's new offensive line coach, was with the Browns from 2001-04. He is happy that when football season rolls around this year he will be on the other sideline at Heinz Field.
"I used to dread it when we went from the hotel and I would see the outline of the stadium and I would say, oh, we have to go there," said Zierlein. "We played them nine times when I was in Cleveland and we won once. We had some close games, but we only won once. It was never fun coming here.

"I think I am going to like walking into the stadium better now."

Zierlein brings to Pittsburgh 37 years of coaching experience on various levels, most recently serving as the assistant offensive line coach in Buffalo in 2006.

He spent one year out of coaching, in 2005, and while he enjoyed time with family then, he still approached the football season in a coaching manner.

"I would tape every game I could get on TV and study them throughout the week," said Zierlein. "I went to some high school and small college games. You miss that."

With the Steelers he inherits a strong line, but one that will be faced with the challenge of replacing center Jeff Hartings. He is ready to take on the challenge.

"They have always had the reputation of being strong," he said of the line in general. "The Steelers have always done a great job of keeping that position fortified. It's hard to keep it at a particular level for a period of time because of free agency, but we would sure like to keep it going like this."

Zierlein knows being the new guy will mean an adjustment period for the lineman where they will have to learn to trust him, but he welcomes getting to know them and work together with one goal in mind –winning.

"I am looking forward to looking them in the eye, getting them in the meeting room and just seeing what the tone of the group is," said Zierlein. "I just want to get them on the field. The quicker I can understand them and they know me, the quicker we are going to progress.

"They have to know number one that you know what you are talking about. Secondly they have to know that you care about making them better. Despite the fact that it's professional football, there is a personal level involved in it as well. Any time a new guy comes in, particularly, when a new staff comes in to a situation where you are new not because the team is bad but because of the situation, it's different than if they had been losing and they might have welcomed a change. It's not like they were a bad team."


There's more about his time in the service, how many kids/grandkids he has, etc. --also how he thinks it affects how he does his job. Just click on the link for the rest of the story if interested.

steelcurtaingal
03-16-2007, 10:25 AM
glad to know he is looking forward to being with us. And i certainly cant blame him for wanting to be on the other side of the filed. ah, if i didnt hate the browns so much, i might feel bad for the them!:lol:

House of Steel
03-16-2007, 11:05 AM
Don't feel sorry for a team that wear the color of ****. That is exactly what they are. :rofl:

DIESELMAN
03-16-2007, 11:22 AM
"I am looking forward to looking them in the eye, getting them in the meeting room and just seeing what the tone of the group is," said Zierlein. "I just want to get them on the field. The quicker I can understand them and they know me, the quicker we are going to progress.
"I've been accused of not being real patient and I am working on that. I stress technique and fundamental things. I kind of demand the guys play hard and finish. I spend a lot of time on cutup time and game preparation and situations. That's what the game is, situations that unfold. We spend a lot of time on third down situations because if you can't handle the blitz on third down you aren't going to win. I guess sometimes I am not as patient as I would like to be. With the older guys, you have to be. Sometimes it's a struggle."

I like what he has to say and he brings a lot of experience to us. We shall see.....:helmet: