Found December 08, 2012 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in need of a new offensive line coach. Sean Kugler accepted the head coaching position at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) yesterday and could leave the Steelers before the end of the season. College coaches must focus on recruiting and Kugler will need to focus on getting UTEP ready for next season and may need to leave the Steelers before the end of the season to do so. To finish out the 2012 season the Steelers may need to name an interim offensivel line coach in Kugler’s place. That person will almost definitely be an internal coach who gets moved into that position. At this point in the year it would be very tough to find someone who could come in and learn the offense and effictievly coach the line. There is also the possibility that Kugler could remain with the Steelers until their 2012 season ends. That would leave UTEP to work in his place until he is available to take over his position in full. No matter what happens, however, Kugler will be gone after this year and the Steelers will need to find a new offensive line coach. Now, just like with a possible interim position the team could choose to promote someone internally. They could also bring in another offensive line coach as they did with Kugler in 2010. One option that immediately comes to mind is former Eagle’s defensive coordinator Juan Castillo. Castillo coached the Eagle’s offensive line for 13 years before becoming their defensive coordinator. Castillo coached linebackers at the college and high school level in the late eighties before becoming an offensive line coach. When he was given an opportunity to return to defensive coaching in 2011 he took it and was promoted from offensive line coach to defensive coordinator for the Eagles. In his on and a half seasons as a defensive coordinator Castillo struggled and it led to his firing. If he is willing to go back to being an offensive line coach he could be a solid option for the Steelers. He has experience and a good track record of doing it in the past. Other options would include two former Steelers in Jeff Hartings and Russ Grimm. Hartings was an All-Pro center for the Steelers and is now coaching at the high school level. On the other hand Grimm, who coached the Steelers offensive line from 2001-2006, is rumored to be on the hot seat in Arizona. Grimm was considered a candidate for the Steelers head coaching job in 2007 before Mike Tomlin was hired. The post The Steelers Must Now Find a Replacement for Sean Kugler; Could Juan Castillo get a Call? appeared first on SteelBlitz.
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