Following a season in which their top three running backs failed to average more than four yards a carry and rushed for four touchdowns combined, the Pittsburgh Steelers hired Jack Bicknell Jr. on Tuesday to be their offensive line coach.
Bicknell was the Giants' assistant offensive line coach from 2009-11 and spent the 2012 season as the offensive line coach for the Chiefs. Strong run blocking by the Chiefs' offensive line enabled Jamaal Charles to finish the season ranked fourth in the NFL in rushing yards (1,509 yards). In 2011, the Giants' offensive line only allowed 28 sacks in the regular season on their way to a victory in Super Bowl XLVI.
Bicknell replaces former offensive line coach Sean Kugler, who was named the head coach at UTEP last month.
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“Jack has a tremendous football pedigree and the background we were looking for to guide our offensive line in the upcoming years,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.
Before coming to the Giants, Bicknell spent two seasons as the offensive line coach at Boston College, his alma mater. In 1984, Bicknell snapped the ball to Doug Flutie on the Hail Mary pass to Gerard Phelan that lifted the Eagles to a 47-45 win over Miami (Fla.).
“The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the greatest franchises in the NFL," Bicknell said. “For me to be able to come to a situation like this, it is really a dream come true."
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