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7willBheaven
01-11-2010, 01:03 AM
After this article about Steelers Khan to interview with Seahawks it talks about our coaching openings and such. Great to hear they brought in April...and to finally find out some news about the current status of the coach openings.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10011/1027372-66.stm

Steelers executive Khan to interview with Seahawks
Monday, January 11, 2010
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steelers coaches are not the only ones who may be leaving. Omar Khan, one of the team's top executives, will interview for the general manager's job with the Seattle Seahawks tomorrow.

Khan spent the past nine seasons as the team's chief negotiator with the title of football and business administration coordinator. He is their lead salary cap monitor.

The Seahawks reportedly have hired Southern California's Pete Carroll to be their coach and will interview four people for the general manager's job.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has three jobs open on his coaching staff. Tomlin fired offensive line coach Larry Zierlein and special teams coach Bob Ligashesky. Quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson retired.

Bobby April, who coached the Steelers' special teams in 1994 and 1995, is a candidate to replace Ligashesky. Tomlin interviewed April yesterday

Also, Rip Scherer Jr. could be a candidate to become the Steelers' quarterbacks coach. Scherer, a Pittsburgh native, is the quarterbacks coach of the Carolina Panthers. He interviewed last week to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Virginia and it is possible the Panthers would grant him permission to interview for the Steelers' job.

Scherer was head coach at the University of Memphis when he hired Tomlin for his second job as a graduate assistant coach in 1996 and the two have remained close. They are both William & Mary graduates. Scherer is the cousin of Kevin Colbert, the Steelers' director of football operations.

Aussie_steeler
01-11-2010, 01:18 AM
Scherer was head coach at the University of Memphis when he hired Tomlin for his second job as a graduate assistant coach in 1996 and the two have remained close. They are both William & Mary graduates. Scherer is the cousin of Kevin Colbert, the Steelers' director of football operations.

I have heard of the Bill Walsh family tree in football.
There is the Bill Bellicheck family tree.
Does Bill Parcells have a family tree in the NFL?

Are we starting to develop the William & Mary family tree in Pittsburgh now?

Shea
01-11-2010, 01:27 AM
April might be a good choice to bring in. The Bills' special teams seemed pretty damn good during his tenure!?

Don't know anything about his previous coaching with the Steelers, that came before I fell in love with football and the Steelers, but I say go with his present accomplishments and record and forget about the past. Maybe he's a completely different coach from a decade plus ago.

Or is there someone better out there????

OneForTheToe
01-11-2010, 01:48 AM
K H A N !!!!!!!!!!:mad:


http://thm-a01.yimg.com/nimage/a9e7c1912970004c


Sorry, I had to do that once before he left. Guys like this are sometimes over looked when we praise the FO. But, apparently, Khan has a solid rep as a tough negotiator, but also one of being someone that agents could work with.

Not a devastating loss if he goes, but a loss nonetheless.

MasterOfPuppets
01-11-2010, 02:58 AM
I have heard of the Bill Walsh family tree in football.
There is the Bill Bellicheck family tree.
Does Bill Parcells have a family tree in the NFL?

Are we starting to develop the William & Mary family tree in Pittsburgh now?

actually theres a william and mary OLBer i hope they take a looksy at...:thumbsup:

Adrian Tracy, William & Mary
Height: 6-3. Weight: 245.
Projected 40 Time: 4.65.
Projected Round (2010): 5-6.
1/8/10: In 47 career starts, Adrian Tracy had 62.5 TFL and 31 sacks at William & Mary.

pepsyman1
01-11-2010, 03:54 AM
April might be a good choice to bring in. The Bills' special teams seemed pretty damn good during his tenure!?

Don't know anything about his previous coaching with the Steelers, that came before I fell in love with football and the Steelers, but I say go with his present accomplishments and record and forget about the past. Maybe he's a completely different coach from a decade plus ago.

Or is there someone better out there????

There basically ISN'T anybody better out there as a special teams coach. April has about 18 years experience with special teams in the NFL and has been Special Teams Coach of the Year twice. If Bobby April can't fix the special teams, no one can.

pepsyman1
01-11-2010, 03:55 AM
K H A N !!!!!!!!!!:mad:


http://thm-a01.yimg.com/nimage/a9e7c1912970004c


Sorry, I had to do that once before he left. Guys like this are sometimes over looked when we praise the FO. But, apparently, Khan has a solid rep as a tough negotiator, but also one of being someone that agents could work with.

Not a devastating loss if he goes, but a loss nonetheless.

Priceless....lol
:toofunny:

Galax Steeler
01-11-2010, 04:27 AM
I say give him a shot he don't seem to be bad. There is now way he could do worse then what we already have.

solardave
01-11-2010, 04:37 AM
I say give him a shot he don't seem to be bad. There is now way he could do worse then what we already have.

I like this guy. I think he could fix our STs woes pretty quick.

markymarc
01-11-2010, 05:51 PM
That would be great if we could get Bobby April back. Unfortunately it appears the Washington Redskins and New York Giants are both after him as well. Bobby April would definitely a lot of our special teams players a swift kick in the butt to get things turned around. He would bring that attitude we need for special teams.

Also, while it would really suck to lose Omar Khan I wish him the best in trying to get this Seattle job. Omar is brilliant and has been amazing since joining the Steelers front office.

tony hipchest
01-11-2010, 06:07 PM
bobby april has got to look at the situation and see the steelers as the best situation to get back to the superbowl. then again, dan snyder will probably pay him almost a million dollars more a year.

th scary thing is ligashesky was fired but the assistant retained. what if we just promote amos jones? :jawdrop:

SH-Rock
01-11-2010, 06:12 PM
I don't care who they bring as long as they can use the special teams to max potential

Psyychoward86
01-11-2010, 06:19 PM
Rip Scherer? Do we really want the guy who failed epically with the Browns for 3 years, and turned Jale Delhomme into a choker?

tony hipchest
01-11-2010, 06:26 PM
Rip Scherer? Do we really want the guy who failed epically with the Browns for 3 years, and turned Jale Delhomme into a choker?

maybe him and arians are BFF's (i mean besides ben of course). :wink02:

ricardisimo
01-11-2010, 06:29 PM
Rip Scherer? Do we really want the guy who failed epically with the Browns for 3 years, and turned Jale Delhomme into a choker?

+1.

So far as I can tell, Ligashesky got hired and cut all sorts of slack in large part because of his Pittsburgh upbringing and connections. I hope the Steelers are more sophisticated than to hire because of who these folks went to college with, or who their cousins are. Pity us if they aren't.

fansince'76
01-11-2010, 06:29 PM
Rip Scherer? Do we really want the guy who failed epically with the Browns for 3 years, and turned Jale Delhomme into a choker?

I'm sure any move will have to meet with Ben's approval first and foremost.

Steely McSmash
01-11-2010, 09:39 PM
I have heard of the Bill Walsh family tree in football.
There is the Bill Bellicheck family tree.
Does Bill Parcells have a family tree in the NFL?
?

Isn't Bellicheck a branch on the Parcells tree?

zulater
01-11-2010, 09:43 PM
Hire him already!

Psyychoward86
01-11-2010, 10:27 PM
I am very iffy about Rip Scherer and his coaching record

KeiselPower99
01-11-2010, 11:48 PM
I like Bobby April and dont like Rip.

zulater
01-12-2010, 12:12 AM
I like Bobby April and dont like Rip.

I want April!

devilsdancefloor
01-12-2010, 12:48 AM
april yes yes yes all i can remember from the last time he was here is that he was like a damn kid who needed riddlin always running up and down the sidelines

deminutah
01-12-2010, 12:35 PM
FYI, April is interviewing in San Fran today.

El-Gonzo Jackson
01-12-2010, 12:57 PM
FYI, April is interviewing in San Fran today.

Dang.....west coast, warm weather, another good organization. Maybe April doesnt want to be back in the burgh???

SteelerFanInStl
01-12-2010, 01:24 PM
Rip Scherer? Do we really want the guy who failed epically with the Browns for 3 years, and turned Jale Delhomme into a choker?

:iagree: Because the Panthers QBs have just been so good. :sofunny:

colescott1
01-14-2010, 04:06 PM
Longtime lurker, finally decided to register.

April has signed with the Eagles. :-(

drizze99
01-14-2010, 04:19 PM
Well that really sucks because he is the one coach that I said was a must have for the Steelers this off-season.

The Eagles... pfft

memphissteelergirl
01-14-2010, 04:40 PM
Last I heard Scherer is reported to have said he is staying in Carolina.

SteelerFanInStl
01-14-2010, 04:56 PM
Bleh! I was really hoping that we would hire April. We'll probably end up with another no name.

Psyychoward86
01-14-2010, 05:37 PM
http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/Story.asp?story_id=20084

Eagles Tab Bobby April New Special Teams Coordinator

The Eagles acquired one of the hottest assistant coaches on the market when they named Bobby April the new special teams coordinator on Thursday. To hire April, the Eagles terminated the contract of special teams coordinator Ted Daisher after one year in that role. The Eagles also terminated the contracts of strength and conditioning coach Mike Wolf and assistant strength and conditioning coach Jay Merlino.

"Bobby April has proven himself as one of the top special teams coaches in this league," said head coach Andy Reid. "I have spoken with many coaches and players who have worked with and played under Bobby directly and they have had nothing but the highest regard for him in terms as a coach and as a person. We look forward to adding him to our coaching staff and building upon the excellent job our special teams did last year."

April had just concluded his 18th season in the NFL and his sixth with the Buffalo Bills when on January 4, all of the team's coaches were told that they could pursue new jobs. Reports also indicate that April had a clause in his contract which allowed him to opt-out of his deal with two years still remaining on it. There is currently no head coach in Buffalo and the only in-house candidate appeared to be interim coach Perry Fewell. April reportedly had drawn interest from the Steelers, 49ers and Redskins.

In his first five seasons, the Bills special teams finished No. 1 in the league three times, according to Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin's detailed rankings system, including in 2008. The 2009 rankings have not yet been released. The Bills were in the top five of the rankings the other two years. April was also voted the NFL's special teams coach of the year in 2008 by a vote of his peers.

April inherits a talented core group of specialists which includes a pair of All-Pros in kicker David Akers and punt returner DeSean Jackson. Punter Sav Rocca has also set the franchise's single-season net punting average in each of the last two seasons. April has previously coached three players who are currently on the Eagles roster: longsnapper Jon Dorenbos, left tackle Jason Peters and wide receiver Kevin Curtis.

Reid further explained that the production on the field this season proved that Daisher is an "excellent football coach," but the team simply decided "to do in another direction."

"We appreciate the efforts and contributions of those three men. I have the highest regard for Ted as a special teams coach and as a person. He's an excellent football coach and the numbers and production on the field this past year proved that. We just decided to go in another direction," Reid said. "I have no doubt Ted will land on his feet with another NFL team and do a great job. As far as Mike Wolf, he has been nothing but a professional and diligent strength coach for this franchise over the past 15 seasons. He has been a big part in the success the Eagles have had in recent years. We appreciate all the work he and Jay Merlino put in with our players to help them maximize their efforts on the field."

El-Gonzo Jackson
01-14-2010, 06:00 PM
Must be the $$ or something personal. Good luck to April, but not against us.

plenewken
01-15-2010, 08:16 AM
I wish the Steelers had done what was needed to land April here but great coaches ain't cheap.

Oh well .............. maybe we'll draft our next ST coach in April too? :chuckle:

HometownGal
01-15-2010, 08:32 AM
Whelp - that sucks. I really wanted to see Bobby back in the B & G. I wish him luck and hope he can survive the ignorance and nar-nar'ism of the fans in Filthadelphia.

memphissteelergirl
01-15-2010, 09:46 AM
Well...any other suggestions, folks? :noidea: