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08-13-2009, 09:36 PM
Cardinals look like "Pittsburgh West"
By Mike Bires
Times Sports Staff

“Pittsburgh West”

There are 13 Arizona Cardinals coaches or players who were once employed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. There are also several other Cardinals with western Pennsylvania ties.

Here are just some of the men now employed by “Pittsburgh West”

Ken Whisenhunt, head coach

“Whiz” served as tight ends coach with the Steelers from 2001-03 and then offensive coordinator from 2004-06. No less than five of Whisenhunt’s assistants worked with him at some point during his time in Pittsburgh.

Russ Grimm, assistant head coach/offensive line/run-game coordinator

The former Pitt All-American was the Steelers’ O-line coach from 2001-03 before coach Bill Cowher gave him the additional title of assistant head coach. After Cowher resigned after the 2006 season, Grimm was a finalist for the job that eventually went to Mike Tomlin.

Matt Raich, linebackers coach

A Monaca native, Raich served a two-year internship with the Steelers’ scouting department before joining Cowher's coaching staff as an offensive assistant in 2004. Raich followed Whisenhunt and Grimm to Arizona two years ago to work as a defensive assistant. This year, Raich is now a position coach. He's in charge of the Arizona linebackers.

Bryant McFadden, cornerback

Clark Haggans, outside linebacker

Dan Kreider, fullback

There are six former Steelers on the Cardinals’ roster, including McFadden, Haggans and Kreider who are listed as first-stringers on the latest depth chart.

McFadden severed ties with the Steelers in March when he signed with the Cardinals as an unrestricted free agent. He got a two-year deal worth $10 million including $5 million guaranteed this year.

The other ex-Steelers are wide receiver Sean Morey, tackle Oliver Ross and quarterback Brian St. Pierre, who is reportedly playing well in his competition to take the back-up QB job away from battle Matt Leinart.

Larry Fitzgerald, wide receiver

Tyler Palko, quarterback

There are four former University of Pittsburgh stars on the roster, including Fitzgerald, who’s arguably the most prolific wideout in the NFL, and Palko, a West Allegheny High School grad who’s fighting for a roster spot. Palko is listed as the fourth QB on the roster behind Kurt Warner, Leinart and St. Pierre.

The two other ex-Panthers playing for the Cardinals are starting middle linebacker Gerald Hayes and rookie running back LaRod Stephens-Howling, a Johnstown native who was taken by Arizona in the seventh-round of this year’s draft. He’s fourth on the depth chart and a long-shot to make the opening-day roster.

(13 huh, Must be a record. I'll use this to honk off the next mouthy bandwagon Turdnial fan I have to deal with. - mesa)

08-13-2009, 10:27 PM
Well, I can't say that I blame Whisenhut, he wants to build the Cardinals in the image of the only team to win SIX Lombardi Trophies.

It is why they drafted Chris "Beanie" Wells, bring a run game (specifically a power run game) to the dessert.

He inherited a team that was very heavy passing wise and he had adjusted to the talent on his team....but he is bringing more of his own flavor to the team.

08-14-2009, 12:18 AM
Watching the game tonight, I was recognizing person after person as having a connection to the burgh. It's somewhat flattering, if you ask me.

08-14-2009, 12:34 AM
And the traitor BSP

08-14-2009, 03:26 AM
I hope the whiz works out well, shit I wouldnt be disappointed if we met in the SB again. I like what ARZ is doing, and we can beat them.

08-14-2009, 05:43 AM
lather...rinse...repeat....:popcorn: .....how many times are these guys gonna rewrite this article ?

08-14-2009, 08:01 AM
lather...rinse...repeat....:popcorn: .....how many times are these guys gonna rewrite this article ?

Dont forget we still need to trade Arians for Grimm, then they can have the whole package....

08-14-2009, 10:21 AM
Cardinals have re-invented themselves in the mold of Pittsburgh, to some degree. Its all the fans and media in Phoenix talk about-- the right way...the STEELERS WAY.

But they did get very very lucky last year to even sniff the Superbowl. I dont think they even qualify for the playoffs this year with Seattle back in the mix, Minnesota coming on strong, and the likes of Philly, NY, Atlanta, Carolina and New Orleans.

But the organization did make a good move in hooking Wiz.