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mesaSteeler
05-10-2010, 11:30 PM
Say It Isn't So! Steelers Legend Dermonti Dawson Coaching Up The Cincinnati Bengals This Offseason
http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2010/5/10/1465488/say-it-isnt-so-steelers-legend
by Michael Bean (Blitz) on May 10, 2010 4:19 AM EDT Comment 9 comments

Dermontti Dawson, the legendary center who anchored the the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line from 1988 until his retirement in 2000, has begun his interim stint on Marvin Lewis' coaching staff in Cincinnati. Dawson, a 7-time Pro Bowler and 6-time All Pro during his famed career as the Steelers center, began his three month stint on the Bengals' staff during the team's recent rookie mini-camp. Dawson is scheduled to remain on staff with the Bengals through training camp. Though there may not be a spot for him on the full time staff of the Bengals in 2010, it's a matter of when, not if, before Dawson is entrusted with the primary coaching duties of an NFL offensive line. That is, if he enjoys himself this summer and remains interested in pursuing a career in the coaching profession.

Dawson and Lewis' relationship extends back nearly twenty years to when Lewis joined the Steelers coaching staff in 1992 as a linebackers coach. Lewis explained his interest in having Dawson join his staff:

"Here's a guy who was a very talented overachiever, and who, as talented as he was, he was the hardest working guy there," Lewis said. "I told him we were going to use the hell out of him and to mentor both our center and young guys who are here and our first-round pick (tackle Andre Smith) from a year ago."

Dawson, always humble and cognizant of what's going on around him, talked about how he hoped to leave his mark on the Bengals' offensive line while not interfering with what Cincinnati's O-Line coach, Paul Alexander, is trying to do as the man in charge of the unit:

"I have to be careful of saying how I did it because I want to follow (offensive line coach) Paul's (Alexander) example," Dawson said. "I'm hoping to be a great influence on the younger guys. They know your history."

Even though this is far from the first time that a Steelers great has jumped rank from Pittsburgh to a rival team, I wish him all the best as he embarks on the next chapter of his career in the NFL. If nothing else, Dawson's return to the NFL hopefully keeps his name fresh in the minds of Hall of Fame voters. After narrowly missing out on induction into Canton the last two years (he was named a finalist both years), Dawson will someday soon be remembered fr his remarkable playing career with the black 'n gold.

Until then, God speed to one of the Steelers - and the NFL's - all time great centers!

Psyychoward86
05-10-2010, 11:33 PM
Omg, i wish we could have nabbed him 1st for Maurkice to learn from....

steelerohio
05-10-2010, 11:48 PM
I hear ya... but gotta go where the opportunities present themselves...

mesaSteeler
05-11-2010, 12:08 AM
Well we may get him back. Remember Dick Lebeau once coached for the Bungles.

fansince'76
05-11-2010, 12:20 AM
Wishing Dirt the best. :drink:

tony hipchest
05-11-2010, 12:22 AM
p. alexander did a hell of a job w/ the bungs. adding dermonti makes sense.

kevin green kicked ass as a steelers interim tutoring woodley and harrison and it landed him a job on the packers staff.

i wish dermonti all the best even if it is that rival shithole team.

steelerdude15
05-11-2010, 12:37 AM
O jeez...

wootawnee
05-11-2010, 12:28 PM
Beastie Boys..............."Sabatage!!"..........

Indo
05-11-2010, 12:38 PM
I hear ya... but gotta go where the opportunities present themselves...

Absolutely

Coaching jobs at the NFL level are not that easy to come by (not that easy to KEEP, either!)
One has to get the foot in the door any way possible, even if it means coaching a rival team

Make NO mistake, Dirt is a Pittsburgh Steeler until the day he dies.
The HOF is coming...just a matter of time

Dino 6 Rings
05-11-2010, 12:47 PM
Good for him. Its nice when our legends find jobs on other teams that really need their help to compete.

St33lersguy
05-11-2010, 05:00 PM
Dirt deserves better than Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown

devilsdancefloor
05-11-2010, 05:02 PM
Dirt deserves better than Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown

all though i agree, i wish him the best:drink:

Gnutella
05-11-2010, 05:14 PM
Lest we forget, Ken Anderson coached for us.

stillers4me
05-11-2010, 05:53 PM
It's only an internship. He can't do too much damage in a couple of months.

Psyychoward86
05-11-2010, 05:58 PM
It's only an internship. He can't do too much damage in a couple of months.

I dont know....isnt Kevin Greene on an internship with the packers too? I think he's part of the reason that LB corp is playing like a monstrosity from hell

steelerjim58
05-11-2010, 07:04 PM
I'm very surprised that so many of you are good with this. While I definately agree he has the right to take any opportunity that comes around, I personnaly take it as a slap in the face to the Steelers. Just my irrational take as a Steeler fanatic.

St33lersguy
05-11-2010, 07:35 PM
I'm very surprised that so many of you are good with this. While I definately agree he has the right to take any opportunity that comes around, I personnaly take it as a slap in the face to the Steelers. Just my irrational take as a Steeler fanatic.

When someone wants to be an intern normally they take whatever oppurtunity presents them, they don't take into account whether or not that team was a rival of their old team, nor should they. He is not slapping us fans in the face, he is taking an oppurtunity to do something he wants

pete74
05-11-2010, 07:45 PM
i hope dawson does well. he was a great player for years and i would love to see him do well no matter were he is. the steelers could of given him an internship if they wanted

steeltheone
05-11-2010, 10:31 PM
The Steelers should have just hired him as our line coach this year. Instead of some guy from the Bills.

RoethlisBURGHer
05-12-2010, 06:41 PM
I'm very surprised that so many of you are good with this. While I definately agree he has the right to take any opportunity that comes around, I personnaly take it as a slap in the face to the Steelers. Just my irrational take as a Steeler fanatic.

Maybe you don't realize how hard it is to get in as a coach in the NFL. The chance came to do some interim work in the offseason/training camp and he took it. If he does well, maybe he can land a job as offensive line coach somewhere next season, maybe that place will be Pittsburgh.

He's going to only be working for them through TC. It's not like he's going to be across the field from us twice a year.

He played for the Steelers. His heart is in Pittsburgh. When you think of Dirt Dawson, you think Pittsburgh Steelers. But you coach where the work is, and it wasn't in Pittsburgh.

markymarc
05-17-2010, 07:17 PM
While I hate to see Dawson passing on his football knowledge to the Bungles players, I applaud him for taking advantage of his opportunity to begin his coaching journey. Good luck Dermonti and hopefully 1 day you can end up on the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff!

RoethlisBURGHer
05-17-2010, 07:39 PM
Exactly. Good for him.

I am sure he is swallowing down bile as he wakes up every morning. But after all, we all have to take those ugly journeys sometimes.

Hell, if the Cleveland Browns offered me a position, I would take it. It's your foot in the door.