The Pittsburgh Steelers have finally hired an offensive line coach after their former coach, Sean Kugler left a month ago to become the head coach at UTEP. Jack Bicknell, Jr. is your new offensive line coach Steelers’ fans and my initial impression of the hire is clearly going to be a ‘wait and see’ approach.
On the surface though, I’m not real impressed.
Bicknell played offensive line for Boston College during the Doug Flutie years and then coached at the collegiate level. His NFL experience is all of four seasons worth and included three years as an assistant offensive line coach for the Giants followed by a year as OL coach in Kansas City.
I can’t argue much with his pedigree and his success running the ball in Kansas City last year. The Chiefs ranked fifth in the league in rushing despite going 2-14.
What concerns me is that his offensive line gave up 40 sacks in 2012. That’s just three more than Kugler’s line gave up last season, but I fear this hiring goes a step further and i...