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    Whisenhunt exit leaves Grimm atop Steelers' coach list

    http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07015/753980-66.stm




    By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



    Russ Grimm became the leading candidate as the next Steelers coach when Ken Whisenhunt accepted the job to become coach of the Arizona Cardinals yesterday.

    Mr. Grimm, the Steelers' assistant head coach and offensive line coach, could be named their head coach by the end of the week.

    Mr. Whisenhunt, the Steelers' offensive coordinator, and Mr. Grimm were the top two candidates to replace Bill Cowher. Although three other coaches have been interviewed by the Steelers, it has long been considered a two-horse race between the team's top two offensive assistants.

    The Steelers had not offered Mr. Whisenhunt or Mr. Grimm the job. They also were not given an opportunity to counter the job offer that Mr. Whisenhunt accepted from the Cardinals yesterday.

    Arizona will officially announce Mr. Whisenhunt's hiring tomorrow.

    The Steelers also have interviewed Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey and two defensive coordinators from NFC teams -- Ron Rivera of the Chicago Bears and Mike Tomlin of the Minnesota Vikings. By virtue of the Bears' beating the Seattle Seahawks in their playoff game yesterday, Mr. Rivera could not be hired until either Chicago loses next Sunday in the NFC championship game or until after the Feb. 4 Super Bowl.

    The Steelers also asked and received permission from the Houston Texans to talk to Mike Sherman, that team's assistant head coach/offense, but an interview isn't expected to be scheduled.

    Cowher last week recommended that the Steelers hire Mr. Gailey, and because of that Mr. Gailey was a late addition to the team's list of candidates and was interviewed on Saturday in Pittsburgh. However, he is not considered a viable candidate for the job.

    The Steelers still could conduct a second round of interviews. If they do, Mr. Grimm and perhaps Tomlin would be those brought in. But for the Steelers to hire anyone but Mr. Grimm at this point would be considered a monumental upset. All of the Steelers' assistant coaches are under contract through next season and team officials want to keep the continuity of a staff they believe is among the best they've had on a team one year removed from a Super Bowl championship.
    Because those coaches are under contract, Mr. Whisenhunt will be unable to bring many -- if any -- with him to Arizona. Mr. Grimm likely would promote wide receivers coach Bruce Arians to offensive coordinator, a job he once held in Cleveland. Mr. Grimm would have to hire a running backs coach to replace the retired Dick Hoak, a receivers coach to replace Mr. Arians and an offensive line coach to replace himself.
    There's alot to talk about in this article.

    First off Grimm does seem to be the logical choice and honestly I hope he gets it. He's a good guy and devoted to the team.

    Also it's a good damn thing Whiz can't try and get any of our coaches to come with him since most of them are under contract. If he'd start pulling that **** of trying to take our guys I'd be pissed off as all hell and lose respect for him.

    Ive been figuring that either Arians or Whipple would get promoted to offensive coordinator if we hire from within. We've had alot of success from promoting former assistant coaches into Coordinator roles so either of them would do well.

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    this article made me sick.....who the **** says mr??? that was ****ing retarded and made dumb to read, just put the ****ing last names **** the mr title


    **** whiz now, i guess we have to settle for second best and that's grimm......just ****ing hurry up and hire him before he goes to the raiders
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    Yeah I thought that was alittle odd myself. Ive never heard Mr. so many times in one article. I think I just called my wife, Mr. now !


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    [Q

    . We've had alot of success from promoting former assistant coaches into Coordinator roles so either of them would do well.[/QUOTE]

    Our Coordinators don't have a great track record as Head Coaches...




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    Russ Grimm won't coach the Raiders. I don't think many coaches want to work for Uncle Al. That guy is a out there and the game has passed him by.

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    Guess our OC will depend on our HC,,,,,,,,,,,,,,If it's grimm it'll probably be from within ! But i still think there gonna hire someone else besides grimm,don't get me wrong I love GRIMM and would hate to see him go,,,,,, But whiz is gone and i think GRIMM is next ! Rivera or Tomlin that's our next coach ,,,,,,,,I'm predicting !

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlacknGold Bleeder View Post
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    . We've had alot of success from promoting former assistant coaches into Coordinator roles so either of them would do well.
    Our Coordinators don't have a great track record as Head Coaches...[/QUOTE]

    Well, I guess that won't affect us at all.

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    Grimm hasn't had a second interview... he isn't going anywhere after all he's still under contract. That is if he's wanted by new HC, it would be good to help with continuity.




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    Thank god he's out of the division, hopefully he'll take a few assistants

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    Quote Originally Posted by go cats View Post
    Thank god he's out of the division, hopefully he'll take a few assistants
    Do not see that happening.


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    Big thank you to pa state Daryl Metcalfe. For doing the right thing.







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