On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Steelers terminated offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr.‘s contract and parted ways after just one season with the black and gold. Bicknell Jr. came from the Kansas City Chiefs after leading the Chiefs to one of the best rushing attacks in the league in the 2012 season. The Steelers were hoping for the same kind of success, but instead finished 27th in the league averaging just 86.4 rushing yards a game.
Bicknell Jr.’s firing was obviously due to the lack of running in 2013, but it still comes at a shock given what he had to handle during his one year with the organization. Bicknell Jr. and the Steelers watched two starting centers go down with season-ending injuries. The team also had to start two different left tackles, not to mention the other injuries the offensive line sustained.
In the process of staring over seven different offensive line combinations, the Steelers look to have found their left tackle in Kelvin Beachum, a right guard in David DeCastro and some leadership in Ramon Foster and Fernando Velasko. The Steelers will now go in a different direction on the offensive line. Tomlin must find the new man to take charge of the line in the coming weeks to start preparations for 2014.