Steelers assistant coach Amos Jones heads to Cardinals

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin now has three openings to fill on his staff after Amos Jones accepted a job to become the special teams coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals.

Tomlin hired Jones as his assistant special teams coach when he became head coach in 2007. Jones took over all special teams duties last season when Tomlin fired special teams coordinator Al Everest in the preseason.

Jones, 53, was hired by his friend and new Arizona coach Bruce Arians, the former Steelers offensive coordinator whose contract was not renewed a year ago. The two worked on the Steelers staff together for five years and both were on Bear Bryant's Alabama coaching staff together in the early 1980s.

Jones, a native of Aliceville, Ala., also played for Bryant at Alabama.

The Tuscaloosa News first broke news of his hiring, and it has been confirmed by the Post-Gazette. The Cardinals are expected to announce Jones hiring next week.

Jones is the third assistant coach to leave the Steelers. Besides Everest's firing, offensive line coach Sean Kugler left after the season to become head coach at UTEP.

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