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Old 03-27-2013, 07:18 PM   #1
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Default Worst Steelers Head Coach of All Time

Found this article on Bleacher Report - I know over our first decades - quite simply we were not the team we have been since the 70's - BUT, once I got to the end of the article - I was pretty amazed by what our former coach did - A story I had never heard of! Kind of entertaining but really pretty sad....

Pittsburgh Steelers: Walt Kiesling

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Years: 1939-44, 1954-56

Overall Record: 30-55-5

Best Season: 7-4 (1942)

Worst Season: 0-10 (1944)*

Like the Ravens, it's almost impossible to choose a bad head coach in the recent history of the franchise. The last three hires—Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher, Mike Tomlin—have all won Super Bowls.

But Pittsburgh's history was loaded with failures for its first 40-some years. And while there are a handful of terrible tenures to choose from in the franchise's history, I've chosen Walt "Keys" Kiesling for one simple reason.

This is not due to his winless 1944 season in which he was coaching a conglomerate of the Cardinals, Steelers and Eagles because of World War II.

According to the late Steelers founder Art Rooney, Kiesling once actually instructed his player to commit an offsides penalty. The story, as Rooney told it to NFL Films, goes like this:

Kiesling started every Steelers game off with the same play, a run-dive handoff up the middle. After this went on for several years, Rooney ordered Kiesling to start the game off differently, with a pass (which resulted in a long completion).

But because he didn't want Rooney to give him instructions for the rest of the year, he ordered an offensive lineman to commit a false start penalty so the play would be nullified.

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The current one after any loss
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He should have been fired after that game
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We have had only 3 in my lifetime and they have all been successful. That is something to be proud of!!
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Pretty much.

Noll, Cowher and Tomlin are all awesome.
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The current one after any loss
So, so true.

If Noll can be chastised after the 1977 play-off loss (when Bleier & Harris were both injured), then NO coach is safe from the ire of Steelers fans.
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If you like Keisling's record, check out Bill Austin and Mike Nixon's.......

Also, Buddy Parker was a nut case, fired the whole team after a loss ( true story), but he managed to get a few more wins than average with some pretty good talent like Layne, Stautner, Lipscomb, and company.
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I can't wait for the "Exhume and Fire Walt Kiesling " thread.
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i thought mike tomlin was the worst steelers coach of all time according to steelersfever?
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i thought mike tomlin was the worst steelers coach of all time according to steelersfever?
Just the worst Steelers coach? According to Steelers Fever Forums, Mike Tomlin is the worst head coach in the history of the National Football League.
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