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Old 01-03-2014, 04:16 PM   #21
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Default Re: Offensive Line Coach Jack Bicknell Fired

Why the Steelers decided to fire OL coach Jack Bickknell Jr.

Gerry Dulac

The Steelers’ decision to fire offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. after just one season might come as a surprise because of the steady improvement of the offensive line in the second half of the year.

However, the move is not surprising because Bicknell’s role slowly diminished after the Steelers had problems protecting Ben Roethlisberger and running the football in the first half of the season.

In fact, for most of the second half of the season, offensive assistant Shaun Sarrett was doing a lot of the instruction and daily handling of the offensive line, according to sources – duties normally performed by the offensive line coach.

What’s more, it did not help Bicknell’s cause that the outside zone blocking schemes that were to be a large part of the team’s revamped running scheme were non-existent once the regular season began.

Curiously, the offensive line improved as the season wore on.

After allowing 36 sacks in the first nine games, the Steelers allowed just seven in the final seven games. And the running game that averaged just 3.4 yards in the first 11 games averaged 4.1 yards in the final five games.

But the Steelers apparently believed that Bicknell was not the reason for the improvement.

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Old 01-03-2014, 04:22 PM   #22
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Default Re: Offensive Line Coach Jack Bicknell Fired

good move by Tomlin
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:26 PM   #23
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Default Re: Offensive Line Coach Jack Bicknell Fired

There's a lot more to coaching than game day performance. That needs to be understood when moves like this happen.
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Default Re: Offensive Line Coach Jack Bicknell Fired

Well, it seems like we have the guy for our OL coaching already in Sarrett. Good job to him, it is nice when a hungry young guy comes in and makes a positive difference.
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Default Re: Offensive Line Coach Jack Bicknell Fired

Jim Mora's really the gift that keeps on giving.
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Well now it makes a bit more sense.
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Default Re: Offensive Line Coach Jack Bicknell Fired

A few years ago, there was a similar situation (man I can't remember exactly), but I think it involved a young Darren Perry...

Anyway, behind the scenes, a young assistant coach took over some coaching responsibilities, and the actual position coach got fired. Everyone was like "The coach rocked"... when, in actuality, it was the assistant coach doing all of the work.

Bicknell had already been replaced, at mid-season, by Sarrett.
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Next up.
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I always thought he sucked. Our offensive line look like complete embarrassing shit the first half of the season
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