How good is Kirk Ferentz?
How good is Kirk Ferentz?
You got a point, Marlowe. I would thought for sure Rivera would keep LeBeau around to run the 3-4 Blitzburgh Style and learn off of him. I hate the 4-3 sequence, it sucks, and just doesn't spell Pittsburgh.
I be shocked if Rivera comes here. After going through some articles. It appears the Steelers future is Very Grimm.
I'm blind, I'm deaf, I wanna be a ref! Get on your knees ref your blowing the game!
Big thank you to pa state Daryl Metcalfe. For doing the right thing.
There aren't many coaches in the college game who have the respect that Kirk Ferentz has. He is considered to be a very firm but fair coach, whose knowledge of the game is first rate and who brings a workman-like attitude to his job, whilst treating his players like men. He has also engendered a family atmosphere in the program and as a result has recruited well both inside and outside of the state. The best attribute that he has is that he prepares his players so well and no one gets more out of his players than Ferentz does, both on and off the field - Iowa's graduation rate for their players has always been in the top handful of schools in the country. It's why Iowa can push teams who are better than them so close in so many games, Ferentz prepares his players well even though they are not as athletic is other teams, his linemen are always technically sound which is why so many of them are highly rated out of college, yes, they are overachievers at times but they are also producing some great football players too. NFL teams know what they are getting with Iowa players when they appear on the radar, they are getting fundamentally sound performers who are smart and understand the game. Some of them aren't as athletic as prospects from other schools but they are better prepared for the rigours of life in the NFL coming from a Kirk Ferentz program, they instinctively know what to expect. Think of guys like Bob Sanders, Dallas Clark, Nate Kaeding, Eric Steinbach, Aaron Kampman and
Ladell Betts - good, honest, hard working football players who have achieved so much in the pros all of whom have emerged from the tutelage of Ferentz.
This is the perfect guy to replace Cowher - to me, he has the persona, the coaching ability and the appreciation for the Steeler job and all that comes with it. In short, he gets it, he understands what a special job this is and what a special situation it would be to work for the Rooney's back in his hometown, don't let anyone tell you that he is "just a college coach", he is so much more than that.
Now, I'm not going to sit here and say that Ferentz should be the next Steeler coach, or that he is the best candidate out there, to be honest, my gut feeling is that I don't think he'll get the job and I trust the Rooney family to find the right guy. I trust them implicitly with whoever they pick - this is the second coaching change since the Nixon Administration, so they've earned that right. Kirk has flirted semi-seriously with the NFL a couple of times, with Cleveland two years ago and with Green Bay and Houston last year, both sounded him out but he wasn't really deeply interested and it never went further than initial conversations. But I think this is different now, I think this is the job that if the Rooney family came calling he would really go for, again because of the special situation that the Steeler job has and the prestige that goes with it but because I think he knows deep down that if he is ever going to jump to the pros this is the perfect situation for him - if you want to head to the NFL, you might as well go for the most prestigious job out there. I think if he gets an interview, he will impress them immensely, again, I just don't think he'll get the job either because he might want to change things too much and the Rooney's would look for continuity and stability, but I think that he could give an excellent account of himself if he were to really go for it in an interview and that could really upset the Rooney's thinking if they are looking to appoint from within.
Finally, I just say look at the man. Pittsburgh guy. Assistant Head Coach to one of the best who ever lived in Belichick, 6 years NFL experience. Replaced one legend in Hayden Fry, rebuilt the program from the ground up, conference champion and coach of the year. A players coach, firm but fair, knows how to push the right buttons with them and always gets more out of his players than nearly every other coach in that level sending many players to successful pro careers. An appreciation for what this job would entail and the special place that the Steelers have both in the NFL and in the city too.
Sounds perfect? That's because this is a very good match between team and coach. Let's just see how this plays out, remember, we don't see this situation very often and I don't think there is much doubt that because of the stability of the franchise and the ownership that this is without question the most prestigious head coaching job in the NFL - two guys since 1969 tells you all you need to know, there have been twice as many Popes as there have been Steeler head coaches in that time. Again, if he doesn't get it, I won't stamp my feet and wonder why he didn't get it but if he gets a shot at this and he really wants it, then watch out because he could really blow them away in an interview. He may prefer NCAA over NFL, or he may prefer NFL over NCAA who knows?
THe name Mike Singletary was brought up on ESPN as well
I wouldn't. Stay inside and go with Grimm. Whiz can take his behind to Hotlanta.
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