Good Tuesday to you Steelers Fans.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have settled their Offensive Line Coaching situation by elevating Assistant Offensive Line Coach Adrian Klemm to the top position. He replaces Shaun Sarrett who was relieved of his duties following the season. I’m going to come right out with it, I’m not thrilled with this. The Steelers needed change at this coaching position more than any other. Since Mike Munchak left, the line has regressed. Some of that is due to age but there’s no question the overall performance diminished. Klemm is a former player who spent four seasons in New England and one in Green Bay. As a coach, he was with SMU and UCLA in the college ranks before joining the Steelers where he’s been the previous two seasons. As former Steelers’ Offensive Lineman Trai Essex tweeted, “there’s no substitute for players being coached by a guy who played the game.” I certainly can’t deny that importance, but this job desperately needed to be filled with a much more veteran presence. If Maurkice Pouncey retires and Alejandro Villanueva isn’t coming back as expected, this is going to be a much younger group. With youth comes a greater need for experienced coaching. I just don’t see Klemm providing that. I hope very much that I am wrong. In fact, I want to be wrong but this just feels like the Steelers ‘settled’ here rather than going all out for someone that sure seems like they would have been available. Do good offensive line coaches grow on trees? No they sure don’t but there were guys out there and I’m honestly not sure why none of them were the right fit.
Tweet of the Day… The internet remains an awesome place.
“Courtside Karen” ???
— jasmine (@jBSTEEL_) February 2, 2021
Let Me Add Another Thing…
I mentioned Trai Essex above and now Ramon Foster has also chimed in with his approval of the decision to promote Klemm but I can’t get this thought out of my head. I’ve always believed that when players consistently approve of a coach then there’s a problem. It’s OK to be friendly and have a great relationship with a coach, but I’ve always found that the best coaches also made players a bit ‘uncomfortable.’ What I mean is that friendship can lead to complacency which then affects work level and attention to detail. The Steelers seemingly scoured the country for a month looking for a new OL Coach and they decided to stay in-house much as they did with Canada. As I always do, I’ll give this a chance but I have serious concerns.
Yeah, it’s St. Patrick’s Day… But it’s also the start of the new league year. That’s also when the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger will have hopefully come to a decision about the QB’s future because I see no way in the world they are paying his $15 million roster bonus. That leaves the two sides about a month plus to get something done. I honestly do not have a prediction here.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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