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Old 01-31-2007, 07:39 AM   #1
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Default Conditioning Coach Let Go

Steelers conditioning coordinator Chet Fuhrman was informed Tuesday afternoon that the team was "going in a different direction" with the position and that his 15-year association with the Steelers had ended.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pitt.../s_491006.html

Another one bites the dust - I can see getting rid of assistants that might not share the philosophy of the HC regarding offensive or defensive schemes as well as dumping assistants for underperforming units.

But replacing the conditioning coach? With all the other changes, I am more convinced than ever that LeBeau survived only because the Rooneys made it clear that if Tomlin wanted the HC job he had to agree to keep LeBeau.

I thought it was time for some changes and that certainly appears to be what is happening.
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I think this is just another move to light a fire under this team. Maybe they became too comfortable in the way things were done, even down to a conditioning standpoint. I think Tomlin wants to create a whole new environment for this team, and this is just another move to accomplish that goal.
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:37 PM   #3
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Default Re: Conditioning Coach Let Go

Tomlin hires new strength coach for Steelers
Wednesday, January 31, 2007

By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin has hired former Tampa Bay strength coach Garrett Giemont to be the team's new conditioning coordinator, replacing Chet Fuhrman.

Giemont was the Buccaneers' strength coach in 2003 and 2004 when Tomlin was the team's secondary coach. Previously, Giemont worked eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders (1995-2002) and was strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Rams from 1983-1991. He was also director of physical development for the Chicago Cubs from 1992-94.

Giemont was named the NFL's strength and conditioning coach of the year in 2002. Fuhrman, 55, who had worked with the Steelers since Bill Cowher's first season in 1992, was the NFL's strength coach of the year in 2005.

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Sounds like this guy was out of a job - he may be great but bringing someone in as what in some ways appears to be the equivalent of poltical patronage is not particularly encouraging.
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Maybe Giemont is better at conditioning players to play the cover (Tampa) 2 - its just a guess, but maybe different skills, and therefore muscles, are utilized more often in 4 man fronts and safeties that sit deeper.

Plus, LBers have to be alot more mobile.

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Default Re: Conditioning Coach Let Go

I think Tomlin just wanted to bring in his own guy. It might not go any deeper than that. I don't blame him. It's his team and his job on the line.

To go off topic to a degree, this kind of reminds me of when Ray Shero took over the Pittsburgh Penguins (GM), only he completely cleaned house (a few scouts remained). Team trainers, equipment manager, etc. All gone. Many thought he was nuts when he fired Steve Latin (equipment manager since the cup years and a total of 18 years) and after all those firings and "strange moves" we are now in playoff contention and currently on a 6-0-1 streak.

Much like every other coach/position Tomlin has hired since he has became the HC, we'll see how it works out. He knows the conditioning prospects better than I do, I'll take his word for it.
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Giemont does have a nice resume.
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