NFL Notebook: Steelers replace strength coach

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New Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has added another former associate to his coaching staff, hiring long-time NFL strength coach Garrett Giemont to be the team's new conditioning coordinator. Giemont, 49, was the strength coach in Tampa Bay in 2003 and 2004 when Tomlin was the Buccaneers' secondary coach.

Previously, he worked eight seasons with the Oakland Raiders (1995-2002), where he was named the NFL's strength and conditioning coach of the year in 2002. He was also strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Rams from 1983-1991 and was director of physical development for the Chicago Cubs from 1992-94.

Giemont, a native of Fullerton, Calif., replaces Chet Fuhrman, who was told he was not being retained by Tomlin. Fuhrman was the last remaining member of Bill Cowher's original staff in 1992 and was the NFL's strength coach of the year in 2005.

Giemont is the fifth new assistant coach who has previously worked with Tomlin, joining offensive line coach Larry Zierlein, wide receivers coach Randy Fichtner, running backs coach Kirby Wilson and assistant special teams coach Amos Jones.


The Dallas Cowboys won't name Bill Parcells' replacement until after the Super Bowl. In his first public comments since Parcells retired Jan. 22, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he wouldn't have a decision on a new coach until next week. Jones has already interviewed eight candidates, and might add to that list.


The Detroit Lions hired Sam Gash as an assistant special teams coach.


San Diego Chargers linebacker Steve Foley sued the city of Coronado, Calif., and the off-duty police officer who shot him three times outside his home, his attorney said. Foley was shot early Sept. 3 near his home in suburban Poway by Aaron Mansker, a 23-year-old rookie Coronado police officer who was off-duty at the time and suspected the linebacker of drunken driving. Foley missed the season and wasn't paid his $775,000 salary.


One son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid was accused of pulling a gun on a motorist following a traffic dispute, and another was found to have drug paraphernalia in his car following a crash, authorities said. West Conshohocken police said Britt Reid, 21, allegedly pulled the gun Tuesday morning. That was several hours before Garrett Reid, 24, was involved in an auto accident in Plymouth Township. Neither brother was immediately charged with a crime.


Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff retired as the Oakland Raiders' wide receivers coach after spending more than three decades as a player and coach for the franchise. Biletnikoff, who is second in team history with 589 career catches, spent the past 18 seasons on the Raiders' coaching staff, the last 10 as receivers coach.


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