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Old 01-11-2010, 12:03 AM   #1
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Default Tomlin interviews Bobby April

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.
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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?
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Old 01-11-2010, 12:27 AM   #3
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Default Re: Tomlin interviews Bobby April

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????
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K H A N !!!!!!!!!!





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.

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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...

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Height: 6-3. Weight: 245.
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1/8/10: In 47 career starts, Adrian Tracy had 62.5 TFL and 31 sacks at William & Mary.
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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.
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K H A N !!!!!!!!!!





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
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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.
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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.
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Default Re: Tomlin interviews Bobby April

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.
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