After a season that saw at times QB Ben Roethlisberger running for his life, the blame went squarely on the offensive line, and today the axe fell on offensive line coach Jack Bicknell, Jr.
Bicknell, Jr. came aboard last offseason, so it’s one and done for coach.
Mike Tomlin commented about the move.
“I have decided to go in a different direction with respect to the coaching of our offensive line,” Tomlin said. “I want to thank Jack for his contributions during the 2013 season, and I wish him well in the future.”
It was a tough year for the offensive line, losing center Markuice Pouncey opening day with a year end injury, and the team tried to go to a zone blocking scheme that never seemed to take off with the shuffling of the line.
Bicknell replaced Sean Kugler, who left the Steelers following the 2012 season to become head coach at UTEP.
Bicknell had spent the 2012 season as the offensive line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs and began his NFL coaching career as an assistant line coach with the New York Giants from 2009-11.