Steelers fire offensive line coach after one season

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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin fired offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. after one season this afternoon.

Bicknell was hired to replace Sean Kugler, who left after last season to become the head coach at UTEP. Bicknell was brought in to implement a zone blocking scheme, but the Steelers scrapped those plans after center Maurkice Pouncey was injured in the season opener and lost for the season with a knee injury.

The Steelers finished the season ranked 27th in the NFL in rushing offense. The 3.5 yards per carry average was tied for the third lowest in the league. Only the Ravens and Jaguars averaged fewer yards per carry.

The Steelers also allowed 43 sacks. They allowed 31 sacks in the first eight games of the season before offensive coordinator Todd Haley allowed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to run the no-huddle offense more in the second half of the season.

The next offensive line coach will be the fourth for Tomlin, who recently completed his seventh season as head coach. Larry Zierlein coached the linemen from 2007-09 before Kugler, who coached with the Steelers from 2010-12.


Ray Fittipaldo: rfittipaldo@post-gazette.com and Twitter @rayfitt1.

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