Friday, January 19, 2007

Arizona Head Coach Seeking Steelers Assistants

Despite the fact that they are under contract to the Steelers for the 2007 regular season, Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt sought permission from the Steelers to speak to Pittsburgh assistants Bruce Arians (wide receiver coach), Keith Butler (linebackers coach), and Kevin Spencer (special teams coach) about positions on the staff in Arizona. According to a report on azcentral.com only Mr. Spencer was permitted to speak with the Cardinals head coach about a position on that staff.

In a related story (at least tangentally), the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting that San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron -- the same person who kept the ball out of LaDanian Tomlinson's hands in the second half of the Chargers vs. Patriots game -- has emerged as the leading candidate for the Miami Dolphins job. According to the report Mr. Cameron "kept his hotel room near the Dolphins' complex Thursday night after a second day of interviewing with team officials. A Dolphins spokesman said management was still weighing the candidates.

'I can tell you with 100 percent certainty that no decision will be made today,' Dolphins senior vice president Harvey Greene said last night. 'We hope to finish the process by tomorrow or Saturday at the latest'
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So it appears that, for reasons that are not immediately evident, Russ Grimm's last chance for a head coaching position this offseason is also his first choice -- the Pittsburgh Steelers

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