It's not often that an NFL assistant coach gets fired two weeks before the regular season begins, but that's what happened Thursday in
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As Rapid Reporter Chris Adamski notes, the Steelers were mediocre or worse statistically on special teams last year (they ranked 25th in net punting, 21st in punt returns and 17th in kickoff returns), but the timing of the transaction is strange.
And it's weird to Everest as well.
In fact, he told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that his firing was “a shocker.” He also declined to comment further about why the team let him go.
“It was professional differences, and let's leave it at that,” said Everest, who did say that it had nothing to do with his decision to take receiver Antonio Brown, who made the Pro Bowl last year as a punt returner, off the return teams. “It was professional differences.”
But that doesn't mean Everest wasn't surprised, because it sounds like he totally was.
Said Tomlin in a statement: "We are continually evaluating our coaching staff and support staff, and we have decided to go in a different direction with respect to the coaching of our special teams. I want to thank Al for his contributions and efforts, and I wish him well in the future."