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01-18-2007, 09:23 PM
Whisenhunt will interview Steelers' special teams coach

Thursday, January 18, 2007
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers have granted permission for Ken Whisenhunt to talk to special teams coach Kevin Spencer for a job with the Arizona Cardinals.
Spencer has coached the Steelers special teams since 2002. Whisenhunt, the Steelers former offensive coordinator, was hired as Cardinals head coach this week. Whisenhunt also requested to talk to two other Steelers coaches and was denied: Bruce Arians (wide receivers) and Keith Butler (linebackers).


He can have Spencer, our ST stunk up the joint since 2002.

01-18-2007, 09:54 PM
He can have Spencer, our ST stunk up the joint since 2002.

Yep, 2002 and even earlier - remember the '01 AFCCG? In an offseason full of big changes, I don't think Kevin Spencer is much of a loss. Later, Kevin.

01-18-2007, 10:02 PM
He's interested in hiring the Steelers special teams coach????????????????????

hmmmmmmmm.........perhaps Arizona just saved us from a huge mistake........!!!

01-18-2007, 10:17 PM
Oh, my.... the special teams errors they made this year? Why on earth would he want him, other than familiarity?

BlacknGold Bleeder
01-18-2007, 11:15 PM
He wants the ST coach ?? and everybody thought Cowher was goin through the motions, at least he was awake!!!

tony hipchest
01-18-2007, 11:23 PM
was it cowher, whiz, or spencer who called for colclough to be on special teams? :dang:

all i know is it sure as hell wasnt whiz. that wasnt exactly his department.


01-18-2007, 11:45 PM
Take him, he can also crash and burn in Arizona. He didn't do anything special for us as of late... Bye Kevin. I like how the Steelers said HELL NO to the others! But if they were doing a complete turnover to Tomlin, or Rivera would they of let them all go listen to The WIZ of Arizona???? Just a thought

01-19-2007, 07:25 AM
Buh bye Kevin. :wave: Don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya.

01-19-2007, 07:58 AM
Heck, I wonder if we, the fans, can convince the Rooney's to pay Arizona to take him?

01-19-2007, 08:10 AM
I'm not sure if this article has been posted in one of the three different coaching threads. My sincerest apologies if it has already been posted.....

Assistant Coach Kevin Spencer appears headed to Arizona
Friday, January 19, 2007

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kevin Spencer likely will become the first Steelers assistant coach to join the new staff of Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona after the Steelers gave the Cardinals permission to talk to their special teams coach.

At the same time, the Steelers denied Whisenhunt's request to talk to two other assistants, wide receivers coach Bruce Arians and linebackers coach Keith Butler.

Spencer, 53, has coached the Steelers special teams since 2002 and was selected as the NFL's special teams coach of the year in 2003 in a vote by his peers.

All of the Steelers' remaining assistant coaches are under contract through at least 2007 and are tied to them until they are released.

If Russ Grimm, the Steelers' offensive line coach and assistant head coach, becomes the next head coach he likely will keep many from the current staff. Even if one of the other two finalists for the job, defensive coordinators Mike Tomlin of the Vikings and Ron Rivera of the Bears, are hired, some of the assistants could stay.

Arians likely would become the next offensive coordinator under Grimm. He also could get that job if either of the two defensive coaches becomes the head coach.

Spencer coached 16 years in the NFL with the Browns, Raiders and Colts before the Steelers. It's possible Whisenhunt will hire him to coach a position in Arizona rather than special teams. Besides special teams, Spencer was an assistant linebackers coach for a year in Oakland and spent another year there as a defensive assistant.

The Steelers paused yesterday in their search for a new head coach after the second round of interviews with Tomlin on Tuesday and Grimm on Wednesday. They could be excused if they root for the Chicago Bears to lose to the New Orleans Saints in the NFC championship game Sunday. If the Bears lose, Rivera could be interviewed Monday in Pittsburgh. If the Bears win, the Steelers would have to wait until Feb. 5 to interview him for the job.

Whisenhunt, speaking on Fox GameTime Live, endorsed Grimm for the Steelers' job, although he said he had no insight into who would be hired.

"Well, I know it's not me. I really don't know. I went through that process and I respect the Steelers and respect the Rooneys. They've hired two coaches in 38 years, so the process they go through works, and I know they have some good candidates. If you're asking me who I hope gets it, I hope Russ Grimm because he's a good football coach."

With the impending loss of Spencer to the Cardinals, the Steelers would have four current openings on their staff -- coaches of the special teams, running backs, offensive coordinator and head coach.

What's left of the staff is headed for Mobile, Ala., where Senior Bowl practices start Monday.


Cape Cod Steel Head
01-19-2007, 08:16 AM
No loss there.

01-19-2007, 10:24 AM
Well seeing how eratic our special teams played all year I would have to think this is no big deal. Hopefully the next guy can do a better job with it.

01-19-2007, 10:53 AM
Hasta la vista, baby! :wave:

01-19-2007, 11:11 AM

01-19-2007, 11:12 AM
The Steelers denied a request from Arizona to speak to receivers coach Bruce Arians.

Arians is believed to be the favorite for the offensive coordinator in Arizona if Russ Grimm isn't hired in Pittsburgh. If the Steelers keep Grimm, Arians will probably be the coordinator in Pittsburgh.

This might mean something ..or they thinking ahead

01-19-2007, 12:11 PM
This has been the burning question for me. Who is OC?

Outside of Hines our receivers were basically eggheads this season. The last thing our toddlers need is a new receivers coach too.

You gotta love Arizona though. They're not even pretending to imitate the Steelers Org. They're unabashedly going in and buying it.

01-19-2007, 12:24 PM
na na na na na na na na hey hey hey good bye:tt02:

I.C. Lights
01-19-2007, 12:43 PM
He's interested in hiring the Steelers special teams coach????????????????????

hmmmmmmmm.........perhaps Arizona just saved us from a huge mistake........!!!


01-19-2007, 02:02 PM
Hey if you've got a success story in place, why not try to bring it with you!

And over the last 15 years, the Steelers have been one of the most successful franchises as far as having more winning seasons.

01-19-2007, 04:39 PM
Maybe Arizona is trying winning by osmosis?

01-19-2007, 05:17 PM
Maybe Arizona is trying winning by osmosis?

Hey - anyway AZ can win is ok by me! - I have been traumatized over the years following them..

01-19-2007, 05:23 PM
This was already posted last night by Stlrs4life, Annihilator. I'm going to merge your thread with his. :smile:

01-19-2007, 06:39 PM
well they got him......not sure we will miss him...........our special teams have not been very special

01-20-2007, 07:28 AM
Doesn't sound like the Rooney's cared if he left, either. After last years special teams "special" performance, I don't blame them. Sometimes a coach does better with one team than they did with another. The people in Cincy don't have much good to say about LeBeau but he seems to be doing a good job in Pittsburgh. Good Luck to Kevin Spencer in Arizona!

Things are already lookin' up in the Steeler camp!! :thumbsup:

01-20-2007, 08:16 AM
na na na na na na na na hey hey hey good bye:tt02:

My sentiments exactly.....:wink02:

01-20-2007, 10:11 AM
I hear there having open tryouts for Steelers fans to replace him! LOL Cant be any worse!
Later Kevin, after last year you wont be missed! But good luck anyway!