Make that two position coaches who the Steelers will need to replace this offseason. Before the 2012 season was even over, it was announced that Sean Kugler, the team's offensive line coach since 2010, would be leaving after the season to be the head coach at UTEP.
And now it's being reported that special teams coach Amos Jones has left the Steelers to take the same position on Bruce Arians' staff with the Arizona Cardinals. Jones, who was an assistant special teams coach in Pittsburgh from 2007-2011, took full control of the unit when former special teams coordinator Al Everest was let go just prior to the start of the 2012 campaign.
Under Jones, the Steelers averaged 7.3 yards per punt return and 25.3 yards per kick-off return.
Kicker Shaun Suisham enjoyed a career year, going 28-31 on field goal attempts (two of his misses were from 50+ yards away).
Rookie punter Drew Butler averaged 43 yards on 79 punts.
Since Jones was an assistant who was promoted to head special teams coach, Pittsburgh will more than likely go outside the organization to fill his vacancy.
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Polling Suspended (Again)
Bloggers polling plugin officially SUCKS. For weeks now I've watch as vote tallies on Steelers free agency, draft needs, and the draft itself go up... and then down.
Thanks to all of those who voted, but I'm taking the poll on Jarvis Jones down because there are 80% fewer votes now than yesterday afternoon....