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tony hipchest
01-13-2010, 07:09 PM
http://blogs.nfl.com/2010/01/13/steelers-hire-bills-kugler-to-coach-o-line/

The Steelers agreed to terms with Sean Kugler to become their offensive line coach, according to a league source.

Kugler was part of a Bills staff that has been allowed to interview for other jobs while the team searches for a new head coach. Pittsburgh, which had issues protecting the quarterback in recent years, fired offensive line coach Larry Zierlein after the season.

JEFF4i
01-13-2010, 07:11 PM
Has a record of fewest sacks in a season, I like the sound of that.

Steelman16
01-13-2010, 07:13 PM
So is it Kooglar or Kugg-lar? :chuckle:

Welcome aboard Sean! :thumbsup:

tony hipchest
01-13-2010, 07:14 PM
heres his bio on the bills site. pretty nondescript resume. the seattle OL coach sounded better.

go kick some ass, kugler! :cheers:

http://www.buffalobills.com/team/coaches/sean-kugler/b62b9ff3-e66b-432f-a998-8f8512e4525c



Promoted to offensive line coach in January 2008 and tutored LT Jason Peters to his second consecutive Pro Bowl…previously served as the assistant offensive line coach, working primarily with the tackles…Peters earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2007 and became the first Bills tackle named to the Pro Bowl since Howard Ballard in 1992…line set a team record by allowing just 26 sacks – the fewest in team history since stat became official in 1982.

8th Year in the NFL/3rd with Bills

COACHING EXPERIENCE: Promoted to offensive line coach in January 2008 and tutored LT Jason Peters to his second consecutive Pro Bowl…previously served as the assistant offensive line coach, working primarily with the tackles…Peters earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2007 and became the first Bills tackle named to the Pro Bowl since Howard Ballard in 1992…line set a team record by allowing just 26 sacks – the fewest in team history since stat became official in 1982…same offensive line started 15 consecutive games – longest team streak since 1989…spent the 2006 football season as the assistant head coach/offensive line coach for Boise State…Broncos were the only undefeated Division I-A NCAA team, finishing the season with a 13-0 record and a dramatic 43-42 victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl…offensive line opened holes for the sixth-ranked rushing attack in the country as the Broncos averaged 222.8 yards per game…team finished 5th in the Associated Press poll…helped sophomore OL Ryan Clady (a 2008 NFL Draft 1st round pick) and junior OL Jeff Cavender earn All-WAC honors…line paved the way for RB Ian Johnson who rushed for 1,755 yards to rank second in the nation and led the country with 25 touchdowns…spent 2001-2005 on the Detroit Lions coaching staff working with both the offensive line and tight ends…TE Marcus Pollard led the team in receptions in 2005 and TE Stephen Alexander ranked 2nd in 2004…TE Mikheal Ricks was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2002 and TE David Sloan led the team in receptions in 2001…worked in Detroit for two seasons with Bills Head Coach Dick Jauron.

PERSONAL: Kugler (pronounced COOG-ler) is a native of Lockport, NY…was a four-year letter winner at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) from (1984-88)…played one season in the WLAF with the Sacramento Surge…earned his degree in Education from the University of South Florida in 1991…coached at UTEP from 1993-2000 and helped school win only conference title in 2000…prior to UTEP, coached three years of high school football in Tampa, FL (1990-92)…Kugler and his wife Patsy have two sons, Robert and Patrick, and a daughter, Kali.

devilsdancefloor
01-13-2010, 07:18 PM
welcome aboard! Now get to work !!!!!:tt03::tt03::wink02:

Vincent
01-13-2010, 07:18 PM
Has a record of fewest sacks in a season, I like the sound of that.

Like the sound of that!!

SteelerFanInStl
01-13-2010, 07:31 PM
Buffalo allowed 46 sacks this past season with 103 QB hits and only had 6 rushing TDs. Excuse me if I'm not exactly overjoyed with this hiring. I'll just have to keep my faith in the Steelers FO and hope that they made the right choice. If they'll hire April for ST, I'll let this one pass. :thumbsup:

vindrow
01-13-2010, 08:06 PM
Man, our O-Line sucks, they couldn't block a girl scout troop, and they are allowing to many sacks....fire his ass.


Just practicing for next season:sofunny:

HometownGal
01-13-2010, 08:11 PM
Man, our O-Line sucks, they couldn't block a girl scout troop, and they are allowing to many sacks....fire his ass.


Just practicing for next season:sofunny:

:toofunny::applaudit::toofunny:

I want to give the guy a fair shot, so welcome aboard Coach Kugler! :drink:

supa_fly_steeler
01-13-2010, 08:19 PM
why didnt we hire the kentucky offensive line coach.

this coach blows goddamit he was a bills coach lol just look how many sacks tthey gave up, but to be fair their lineman play like *****s lol.

ill postpone my judgement

Psyychoward86
01-13-2010, 08:59 PM
skeptical about this, but i aint gonna judge til i see what he does for us!

TruckedBy86
01-13-2010, 09:23 PM
Buffalo allowed 46 sacks this past season with 103 QB hits and only had 6 rushing TDs. Excuse me if I'm not exactly overjoyed with this hiring. I'll just have to keep my faith in the Steelers FO and hope that they made the right choice. If they'll hire April for ST, I'll let this one pass. :thumbsup:

Here is a blurb I found that might make you feel better about those numbers:

He had five players in all new positions to start the 2009 season with a left tackle that did not have a single NFL start on his resume. By seasonís end his two starting offensive tackles and three guards were on injured reserve along with the teamís top two blocking tight ends.

Kugler was forced to field six different offensive tackles tandems and nine different offensive line lineups in 2009, and more than once had to get a newly signed player ready to start in a matter of four days or less (see: Jamon Meredith, Kendall Simmons).

http://blogs.buffalobills.com/tag/sean-kugler/

steelerdave1969
01-13-2010, 09:28 PM
Buffalo allowed 46 sacks this past season with 103 QB hits and only had 6 rushing TDs. Excuse me if I'm not exactly overjoyed with this hiring. I'll just have to keep my faith in the Steelers FO and hope that they made the right choice. If they'll hire April for ST, I'll let this one pass. :thumbsup:

SteelerFanInStl... I see exactly where your coming from my friend. But the Bills were also without OT Jason Peters as he left that team last offseason. Not making excuses but that doesnt help.. the Sack Numbers are not good the last 2 years in Buffalo.. but he didnt have Big Ben to work around either.

Merchant
01-13-2010, 09:30 PM
Buffalo allowed 46 sacks this past season with 103 QB hits and only had 6 rushing TDs. Excuse me if I'm not exactly overjoyed with this hiring. I'll just have to keep my faith in the Steelers FO and hope that they made the right choice. If they'll hire April for ST, I'll let this one pass. :thumbsup:

Yeah but look how many new starters they had, and even those guys got injured. So the line was makeshift the entire season. Can't really judge him on that.

Psyychoward86
01-13-2010, 09:39 PM
Here is a blurb I found that might make you feel better about those numbers:

He had five players in all new positions to start the 2009 season with a left tackle that did not have a single NFL start on his resume. By seasonís end his two starting offensive tackles and three guards were on injured reserve along with the teamís top two blocking tight ends.

Kugler was forced to field six different offensive tackles tandems and nine different offensive line lineups in 2009, and more than once had to get a newly signed player ready to start in a matter of four days or less (see: Jamon Meredith, Kendall Simmons).

http://blogs.buffalobills.com/tag/sean-kugler/

wow, we had zero changes to our starting O-line, other than Foster replacing Kemo for a few weeks, and we STILL allowed more sacks than the bills (Ben got dropped 50 times). Im def. willing to give Kugler a chance

SteelC7
01-13-2010, 09:48 PM
lets hope this guy gets the job done

KYsteelfan
01-13-2010, 09:50 PM
im going to be cautiously optimistic

SteelCityMan786
01-13-2010, 09:53 PM
Hmmmm, if his coaching style can aid in keeping Ben up and off the ground, he's welcome.

Welcome Coach Kugler.

casteeler
01-13-2010, 09:54 PM
Nervous,getting nervous

Merchant
01-13-2010, 09:59 PM
wow, we had zero changes to our starting O-line, other than Foster replacing Kemo for a few weeks, and we STILL allowed more sacks than the bills (Ben got dropped 50 times). Im def. willing to give Kugler a chance

Half those sacks had to be on Ben though. There was sacks where he held the ball for like 5-6 seconds.. the greatest o-line in history can't even be expected to be able to hold off the pass rush for that long.

The baltimore game when Dixon played the o-line allowed zero sacks because dennis knew when to throw it away..

This is not to say that Ben should throw it away a lot more because, let's face it, a lot of our biggest plays come when he holds on to the ball long and improvises.

mesaSteeler
01-13-2010, 09:59 PM
Can Kugler teach them to run block?

SteelerFanInStl
01-13-2010, 09:59 PM
Here is a blurb I found that might make you feel better about those numbers:

He had five players in all new positions to start the 2009 season with a left tackle that did not have a single NFL start on his resume. By seasonís end his two starting offensive tackles and three guards were on injured reserve along with the teamís top two blocking tight ends.

Kugler was forced to field six different offensive tackles tandems and nine different offensive line lineups in 2009, and more than once had to get a newly signed player ready to start in a matter of four days or less (see: Jamon Meredith, Kendall Simmons).

http://blogs.buffalobills.com/tag/sean-kugler/

Yea, they had a lot of problems this year but you could also argue that his good year in 2008 was primarily because of Peters and he couldn't get it done when Peters left. We all know that the Steelers don't have any All Pros on their OL.

I can deal with the sacks but the run blocking has to improve. Like I said previously, I'll put my faith in the FO and hope that Kugler does a good job.

SteelerFanInStl
01-13-2010, 10:01 PM
Can Kugler teach them to run block?

Let's hope so.

Psyychoward86
01-13-2010, 10:01 PM
Yea, they had a lot of problems this year but you could also argue that his good year in 2008 was primarily because of Peters and he couldn't get it done when Peters left. We all know that the Steelers don't have any All Pros on their OL.

I can deal with the sacks but the run blocking has to improve. Like I said previously, I'll put my faith in the FO and hope that Kugler does a good job.

LOL no, one great O-lineman does not make an O-line, not even close. Just ask the Browns. Can anyone here even comprehend the injuries Kugler had to deal with as a coach?

7willBheaven
01-13-2010, 10:26 PM
Exactly...to whoever posted the article about what he went through this year with his line...cant rate him on this line or anything. I'll give him a chance to see what he can do with our line for a year or two and go from there.

Another little article on the mess he dealt with this year...

http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/14328/bills-o-line-a-comedy-of-calamities

tony hipchest
01-13-2010, 10:28 PM
well he has some pretty big shoes to fill. hes gonna have to top drinking beer with the guys after games AND sending them porn.

i hope he lives up to the expectations. :alcohol: :mg:

steelerdude15
01-13-2010, 10:49 PM
I hope he does a good job and I hope that our OL is better too.

ricksteelers55
01-13-2010, 10:59 PM
As long as he is preparing the OL to get better instead of sending some porn around the league we are in better hands i think

Steely McSmash
01-13-2010, 11:17 PM
The Bills are a total mess from a personnel perspective. I'm hesitant to judge the guy.

46 sacks from only 441 passing attempts -- better than10% of dropbacks ended in a sack. Steelers had 50 sacks in 536 attempts for slightly less than 10%.

The bills had 4.4 YPC rushing, Steelers had 4.2.

tony hipchest
01-13-2010, 11:34 PM
im pretty sure the only bills game i watched all season was the mnf opener vs. the patriots. i remember hearing a crazy stat that 4 guys on the line were making their 1st start at their respective position (i think 3 of which were rookies and one was a street free agent).

after the near upset i distinctly remember thinking how well they played considering... and wondering why the hell we cant plug in a single rookie on our line and expect the same results. (i had expected urbick to win a job, and in retrospect, in a non-playoff season, a years worth of live game action may have done him some good).

i would expect tomlin did his due diligence and didnt hire the 1st guy to walk through the door. i hope so atleast. perhaps kugler is a young up and comer, much like tomlin was.

Atranox
01-13-2010, 11:41 PM
46 sacks from only 441 passing attempts -- better than10% of dropbacks ended in a sack. Steelers had 50 sacks in 536 attempts for slightly less than 10%.

By the end of t the season, the Bills had 4 or 5 linemen and 2 starting TE's on IR.

ricardisimo
01-14-2010, 12:49 AM
You realize all he has to do is allow 46 sacks or less, and it would be the lowest in the last five years. He'd be a success by recent Steelers standards.

Boosting the average run by .2 YPC would nice, too.

Steeldude
01-14-2010, 01:07 AM
so who picked him? tomlin, arians or the rooneys?

El-Gonzo Jackson
01-14-2010, 01:17 AM
As soon as I heard the Bills were cleaning house, I did some research on him and wasnt overly thriled. O line coach in Buffalo for 2 years???? I'd have rather taken a run at the Seahawks coach Solari who has 23 years under his belt, including a decade with the Chiefs coaching guys like Will Sheilds, John Tait, Willie Roaf, etc.

I think we could have done better, but hope he turns out to be an up and comer.......rather than just another young guy like Ligashesky with no track record.

7willBheaven
01-14-2010, 01:31 AM
And keep in mind...those of you mentioning other coaches and such. You dont know any of the "behind the scenes stuff"...maybe he interviewed them...maybe they didnt want to come here...maybe the Steelers werent given permission to interview some people and so on. Theres a lot of things that may or may not have happened that we will never know about...only speculate about. I trust in the decisions the organization makes...they're not perfect (though who is), but still!

nikstar
01-14-2010, 01:56 AM
Meh, classic steeler style hire, mid range pay, mid range skill offensive line coach given a fingerfull of talent and a little time.

Ben will still take a lot of sacks, but I like the hire, o-line players definitely need some new scheme ideas
I want some other sort of coordinator for the offense to be hired

Galax Steeler
01-14-2010, 03:41 AM
I am kind of torn on this it sounds like he gives up alot of sacks as well but I will give him a chance to see what he does before I make judgement on him.

Rick5895
01-14-2010, 05:35 AM
It appears there are mixed reviews from people around here. The most suspect comments are from people who point to last years Bills stats when referring to this guy.
The Bills O Line was in flux much of the season, starting 3 rookies and 9 or so different line combos. We should be waiting to see if this hire improves our OL. I am sure Tomlin et al have done the necessary research on this guy and were suitably impressed with him in the interview. Welcome Coach, and good luck.

Texasteel
01-14-2010, 06:02 AM
What ever he is or is not. He's a Steeler now. I know we all wish him the best, and hope he comes here and set a fire under our offensive line.

Bluedust
01-14-2010, 06:08 AM
It appears there are mixed reviews from people around here. The most suspect comments are from people who point to last years Bills stats when referring to this guy.
The Bills O Line was in flux much of the season, starting 3 rookies and 9 or so different line combos. We should be waiting to see if this hire improves our OL. I am sure Tomlin et al have done the necessary research on this guy and were suitably impressed with him in the interview. Welcome Coach, and good luck.

I'd take any reviews here with a grain of salt.

Steelers>NFL
01-14-2010, 07:59 AM
I am not too keen on this hire.
But then again, there is no where but "up" for the Steelers OL.
Hopefully he improves them at the very least to a small degree.
As for sacks, one way or the other sacks will be there simply because BB.

SteelerFanInStl
01-14-2010, 07:59 AM
It appears there are mixed reviews from people around here. The most suspect comments are from people who point to last years Bills stats when referring to this guy.
The Bills O Line was in flux much of the season, starting 3 rookies and 9 or so different line combos. We should be waiting to see if this hire improves our OL. I am sure Tomlin et al have done the necessary research on this guy and were suitably impressed with him in the interview. Welcome Coach, and good luck.

He's only been an OL coach for two years so you have to use something. I'm with El-Gonzo, I'd rather have seen them hire someone with more experience and a proven history of success.

tony hipchest
01-14-2010, 10:02 AM
As soon as I heard the Bills were cleaning house, I did some research on him and wasnt overly thriled. O line coach in Buffalo for 2 years???? I'd have rather taken a run at the Seahawks coach Solari who has 23 years under his belt, including a decade with the Chiefs coaching guys like Will Sheilds, John Tait, Willie Roaf, etc.





or even mike tice-

Former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice arrived in town and will interview for an assistant coaching position with the Bears Thursday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

It is unclear if Tice is interviewing for the offensive coordinator job, but he has a strong background working with offensive linemen and tight ends. All three positions are vacant.

I highlighted Tice on Tuesday because he makes a lot of sense for the Bears. They clearly need to improve along the offensive line, but they may not have the resources to upgrade on the unit through free agency or the draft. That puts a premium on a coach who can teach, and Tice is one of the league's best.

Tice, presently the Jacksonville Jaguars assistant head coach and tight ends coach, would give the Bears another former head coach from the NFC North. Bears assistant head coach Rod Marinelli, who oversees the defensive line, was the former head coach of the Detroit Lions.

A former NFL tight end, Tice is credited with the development of perennial Pro Bowl center Matt Birk, a former Viking sixth-round pick who is now with the Baltimore Ravens.

While in Minnesota, Tice helped Jeff Christy, Todd Steussie and Korey Stringer earn Pro Bowl spots. Tice, who also had hall of fame guard Randall McDaniel on his unit, then developed Birk into a Pro Bowl player after Christy departed via free agency.


it seems to me that tomlin is swinging for the fences and trying to hit a home run where a double to simply get on base would suffice. i hope he dont strike out like he did with ligs and larry z.

heres another take on our new guy- http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2010/01/14/steelers-new-o-line-coach-comes-with-so-so-resume/

The Steelers have found their new offensive line coach, and it's clear that Sean Kugler must have had an excellent interview with Mike Tomlin because he sure didn't get his new job because of his resume.

Kugler was just fired by the Bills after two seasons as the offensive line coach in Buffalo and a year as the assistant offensive line coach. So what did Buffalo do this year under Kugler? They gave up 46 sacks, fourth worst in the league, and gave up 103 quarterback hits, second worst in the league.

If you look back to his previous resume, it doesn't really help Kugler's case. Kugler's best selling point may be his one year in Boise State. He worked as the assistant head coach/offensive line coach for the Broncos and helped offensive tackle Ryan Clady become a first-round pick. Before that he had five years working with the offensive line and tight ends with the Lions while Matt Millen was ruining the franchise.

On the basis of the resume, Kugler looks like an awful hire -- less successful than the coach that Pittsburgh just fired. But if you did a little deeper it's possible to at least see some selling points in Kugler. No offensive line coach was given a tougher job than what the Bills gave Kugler last season. Buffalo went into 2009 without one starter returning at the same position he played in 2008. After trading away Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, Kugler went into 2009 with two rookies at guard and no tackles who were really worth of handling the position.

As you would expect, it was a disaster. It wasn't helped by injuries that saw the Bills put their best two offensive tackles and three guards on injured reserve. Nearly every week Buffalo had to insert a new starter into a lineup. Retreads like Kendall Simmons, Richie Incognito and Jamon Meredith were signed off the waiver wire and inserted right into the starting lineup. And the combination of running back Fred Jackson's poor blitz pick-up skills (six sacks allowed) and Ryan Fitzpatrick's tendency to hold the ball and scramble (9 1/2 sacks could be blamed on the quarterbacks), made the line look even worse.

But despite all of that, the Bills line did get better as the season went along and the Bills did average 4.4 yards per carry. If Kugler can get through one of the worst situations any offensive line coach will ever have to face, just maybe he can do something with a much more stable situation in Pittsburgh.

Or maybe not, but his hire is not as bad as it appears.

El-Gonzo Jackson
01-14-2010, 10:11 AM
I didnt even know that Tice was looking. That would have been a good hire.

I agree with the article that Kugler has a pretty thin resume. Reminds me of Ligashesky having 2 seasons as ST coordinator in STL and prior to that as an assistant ST coach in JAX. I hope it all works out, but this hire scares me much more than the hiring of Tice or Solari would have.

fansince'76
01-14-2010, 10:18 AM
I'd take any reviews here with a grain of salt.

Hater. :flap:

X-Terminator
01-14-2010, 10:22 AM
Of course I will give Kugler my support, but I don't feel comfortable about this hire. The Steelers could have done so much better than him.

tony hipchest
01-14-2010, 10:30 AM
Of course I will give Kugler my support, but I don't feel comfortable about this hire. The Steelers could have done so much better than him.

welcome to the braintrust.... :wink02:

:chuckle:

SteelGhost
01-14-2010, 10:32 AM
Of course I will give Kugler my support, but I don't feel comfortable about this hire. The Steelers could have done so much better than him.

+1 Let's :hope: for this hire to work decently.

vrabinec
01-14-2010, 11:04 AM
At least he'll be used to working with dreks since the Bills only drafted 2 offensive linemen in the first three rounds this decade. (the Steelers drafted 5)

I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. I just can't believe he would be as hands off as Zierlein. Even a slight improvement could do wonders here.

Steely McSmash
01-14-2010, 11:48 AM
And keep in mind...those of you mentioning other coaches and such. You dont know any of the "behind the scenes stuff"...maybe he interviewed them...maybe they didnt want to come here...maybe the Steelers werent given permission to interview some people and so on. Theres a lot of things that may or may not have happened that we will never know about...only speculate about. I trust in the decisions the organization makes...they're not perfect (though who is), but still!


As soon as I know the stuff I don't know I'll keep it mind ! [joking]

scsteeler
01-14-2010, 11:51 AM
Can Kugler teach them to run block?


Now this was my concern the run blocking.

vrabinec
01-14-2010, 12:10 PM
Now this was my concern the run blocking.

That line helped make Jackson, an undrafted little back, into a 1000 yard rusher, so I think I'm less worried about the run blocking than I am the pass blocking. Though, it's hard to tell since both of the Bills' QB's are pretty bad.

By the way, I see he has a Detroit connection. He was coaching their tight ends and had something to do with the line from 2001 to 2005. In thos years, they gave up an average of 32 sacks per year, which would be a huge impreovent. He was there when Bach was their QB, so Batch must've put in a good word for him, and he's obviously a Colbert guy, whereas Zierlein was an Arians guy from Cleveland.

Steeldude
01-14-2010, 12:28 PM
That line helped make Jackson, an undrafted little back, into a 1000 yard rusher, so I think I'm less worried about the run blocking than I am the pass blocking. Though, it's hard to tell since both of the Bills' QB's are pretty bad.


that's only 62 yards a game.

vrabinec
01-14-2010, 12:44 PM
that's only 62 yards a game.

They also had Marshawn Lynch, who had 450 yards. He was supposed to be the starter, got suspended for the first two games, then came in out of shape, but the Bills ran him anyway, hoping he would get in shape during the year.

msafford
01-14-2010, 01:01 PM
found this interesting...

http://espn.go.com/blog/afceast/post/_/id/9181/steelers-hire-bills-o-line-coach-kugler

Getting fired might turn out to be the best thing that ever happened to Sean Kugler.

The Buffalo Bills essentially dismissed their entire coaching staff two weeks ago, and that included Kugler, the offensive line coach who had to laugh to keep from crying amid a tragicomical series of events throughout the season.

The Pittsburgh Steelers hired Kugler to be their offensive line coach. Kugler goes from a mess of a franchise that hasn't gone to the playoffs in a decade to one of the NFL's classiest organizations one year removed from a Super Bowl victory.

"There's absolutely no question that he's the best football coach I've ever been around," Boise State head coach Chris Petersen told me last month. Kugler was Boise State's assistant head coach in 2006, when it was the NCAA's lone undefeated Division I-A team.

"He's unbelievable, and I think the work that he's doing right now speaks louder than anything else he's ever done."

The Bills' offensive-line woes weren't Kugler's fault. They traded his best player, Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters, and didn't replace him. They cut his most experienced lineman, tackle Langston Walker, a week before the season began. His opening-night lineup had a combined 56 NFL starts among them.

Injuries hit Buffalo hard. By Week 6, Kugler's lineup shared 47 NFL starts. At the end of the year, six offensive linemen were on injured reserve. Five of them started at least one game. Only center Geoff Hangartner started all 16 games at his position.

Kugler, a Buffalo-area native, was hired by Dick Jauron. Buffalo fired Jauron in mid-November.

"This has been extreme," Kugler told me a week before Christmas. "I tell these guys, 'You're going to look back on it one year and laugh. That's all you can do. You just can't sit there and dwell on it. You have to keep grinding.' "

acumen
01-14-2010, 02:54 PM
I like it, seems to have a good pedigree and is highly respected, and he's obviously already faced the most adverse situation I can imagine will ever happen to him (HOPEFULLY!) in the NFL.

As for the short resume, everyone has to start somewhere.

I just hope we don't lose Butler. Him and Anderson the same year would be a little crippling.

mesaSteeler
01-14-2010, 05:20 PM
Steelers new line coach Kugler considered one of best in business
January 14, 8:38 AMPittsburgh Sports Examiner
Matt Pawlikowski
http://www.examiner.com/x-2703-Pittsburgh-Sports-Examiner~y2010m1d14-Steelers-new-line-coach-Kuglar-considered-one-of-best-in-business

Steeler coach Mike Tomlin wasted no time in finding a replacement for Larry Zeirlein, as he hired former Bills line coach Sean Kugler.

Kugler tutored LT Jason Peters to two consecutive Pro Bowl appearances before he was traded in 2008. While with the Bills, he also served as the assistant offensive line coach, working primarily with the tackles.

His hiring could help bolster the Steelers line, as last season despite going through eight different lineup changes in Buffalo, the line was fine.

This comment by Bills lineman Jamon Meridith says a lot too.

“Whatever your strengths that’s the way he’ll coach you,” said Bills lineman Meredith earlier this year to Buffalo reporters. “He’ll coach you to whatever you do best. If you’re more athletic he’ll coach you to get on guys quick. If you’re more of a big power guy, he’ll coach you another way."

Kuglar is considered a no- nonsense type of guy and a blue collar worker. He is also young and fiery and very keen on technique.

Tomlin now has three other positions to fill as another of his staff, long time organizational figure Lou Spanos left. Spanos, a Pittsburgh native, who started his career as an intern and was the assistant linebackers coach, is reported to have take a job with he Redskins as its linebackers coach.

He may have to find a linebackers coach too, as Keith Butler, 43, was granted permission by the Steelers to talk about the Dolphins defensive coordinator position. This marks the third time in as many years that Butler has been pursued by a team to take over that same slot.

He was interviewed by former Steeler assistant Ken Whisenhut twice for the Cardinals position but has reportedly stayed on in Pittsburgh because once Dick LeBeau decides to step down from the game; he will be the defensive coordinator.

In this the year of change, the Steelers might lost yet another important cog to the team, as Omar Khan, one of the top young brains when it comes to NFL front office personnel is a frontrunner for the Seattle General Manager job.

Khan is the Steelers lead salary cap man, and has spent the past nine seasons as the team's chief negotiator.

Tomlin has also interviewed former Steelers coach Bobby April for the Special teams job. April interviewed yesterday with 49ers coach Mike Singletary, but no offer was made. If April should take the job, he would be reunited with Kugler.

SMR
01-14-2010, 05:24 PM
Steelers new line coach Kugler considered one of best in business
January 14, 8:38 AMPittsburgh Sports Examiner
Matt Pawlikowski
http://www.examiner.com/x-2703-Pittsburgh-Sports-Examiner~y2010m1d14-Steelers-new-line-coach-Kuglar-considered-one-of-best-in-business

Steeler coach Mike Tomlin wasted no time in finding a replacement for Larry Zeirlein, as he hired former Bills line coach Sean Kugler.

Kugler tutored LT Jason Peters to two consecutive Pro Bowl appearances before he was traded in 2008. While with the Bills, he also served as the assistant offensive line coach, working primarily with the tackles.

His hiring could help bolster the Steelers line, as last season despite going through eight different lineup changes in Buffalo, the line was fine.

This comment by Bills lineman Jamon Meridith says a lot too.

ďWhatever your strengths thatís the way heíll coach you,Ē said Bills lineman Meredith earlier this year to Buffalo reporters. ďHeíll coach you to whatever you do best. If youíre more athletic heíll coach you to get on guys quick. If youíre more of a big power guy, heíll coach you another way."

Kuglar is considered a no- nonsense type of guy and a blue collar worker. He is also young and fiery and very keen on technique.

Tomlin now has three other positions to fill as another of his staff, long time organizational figure Lou Spanos left. Spanos, a Pittsburgh native, who started his career as an intern and was the assistant linebackers coach, is reported to have take a job with he Redskins as its linebackers coach.

He may have to find a linebackers coach too, as Keith Butler, 43, was granted permission by the Steelers to talk about the Dolphins defensive coordinator position. This marks the third time in as many years that Butler has been pursued by a team to take over that same slot.

He was interviewed by former Steeler assistant Ken Whisenhut twice for the Cardinals position but has reportedly stayed on in Pittsburgh because once Dick LeBeau decides to step down from the game; he will be the defensive coordinator.

In this the year of change, the Steelers might lost yet another important cog to the team, as Omar Khan, one of the top young brains when it comes to NFL front office personnel is a frontrunner for the Seattle General Manager job.

Khan is the Steelers lead salary cap man, and has spent the past nine seasons as the team's chief negotiator.

Tomlin has also interviewed former Steelers coach Bobby April for the Special teams job. April interviewed yesterday with 49ers coach Mike Singletary, but no offer was made. If April should take the job, he would be reunited with Kugler.

I hope, just hope, this Kugler guy is better!
:coffee:

El-Gonzo Jackson
01-14-2010, 06:19 PM
according to the article on the official Steelers site, Kugler emphsizes "finishing" and that is a good sign. I have been saying for 2 seasons now that the Steelers O line plays up to the whistle and not thru the whistle.....which meant guys were just focused on their first block and that is it.

Colon was the most nasty finisher on the team and occasionally I remember seeing Hartwig or Kemo downfield looking for another guy to hit, but for the most part they didnt finish on run plays and pass protection is really an exercise in taking a beating. I am hopeful, but dont put much stock in the fact that the 2 rookies Wood and Levitre were coached to finish...........they were nasty guys in college.

Coach em up Kugler!!!!

tony hipchest
01-14-2010, 06:34 PM
is it time for a nickname? kugler the :shout:-Bugler!!!

El-Gonzo Jackson
01-14-2010, 06:39 PM
is it time for a nickname? kugler the :shout:-Bugler!!!

How about Freddy :freddy:

tony hipchest
01-14-2010, 06:51 PM
nice!

GBMelBlount
01-14-2010, 07:16 PM
Buffalo allowed 46 sacks this past season with 103 QB hits and only had 6 rushing TDs. Excuse me if I'm not exactly overjoyed with this hiring.......

Maybe Tomlin just needed another scapegoat in case the later round O-line picks continue to suck. :chuckle:

lionslicer
01-14-2010, 07:23 PM
I don't understand this hiring at all. This guy coached with the Lions during their worst years..... but I guess that's not worse than what we had last season.... I miss Russ Grimm.

El-Gonzo Jackson
01-14-2010, 07:35 PM
I don't understand this hiring at all. This guy coached with the Lions during their worst years..... but I guess that's not worse than what we had last season.... I miss Russ Grimm.

Personally, I dont miss Grimm at all. He was sloppy in his technique but related to the players well. He was fortunate that he had 4 1st round picks on his O line, but never did anything with guys like Chukky Okobi, Mathias Nkwenti, Bo Lacy and others that he wanted picked.

I see that Tomlin is relying on the tape for Kugler, but I also think his time at the Lions and Bills doesnt bode well. Saying he coached Ryan Clady isnt that impressive as Clady is a talent. Maybe Clady would be the next Jon Ogden if Pat Ruel coached him??

Psyychoward86
01-14-2010, 08:26 PM
How about Freddy :freddy:

lol, bad excuse to use that smiley :chuckle: