Questions at Arrowhead?
No it is not about a rolling roof Super Bowl, this is a different topic...
Hello Arrowhead Pride.
It has been awhile, and I have been sitting back watching and absorbing all of the information that has been whirling around since the conclusion of the Kansas City Chiefs Season.
It has been an exciting and heartbreaking time in Kansas City. The Chiefs loss to the Ravens was a knife in the heart of optimistic fans like me (and all Chiefs fans) whom truly believed the Chiefs had a shot at the Super Bowl. With that loss just came more optimism for next season in my eyes, not the huge letdown in which realist fans said would happen to them, if they blindly believed the Kansas CIty Chiefs could win it all.
Alas However, that is not the issue that has been driving Chiefs fans bananas over the past few weeks or so.
Who is the Kans City Chiefs new Offensive Coordinator going to be?
Well, Todd Haley recently said in an interview with Alex Marvez this on being an OC/HC again:
"The odds of that happening are very limited," Haley said. "I've been doing a lot of work on that since the season ended and feel good about the direction we're going. I'm not ready to disclose any of that, but we're at a different place than we were at in Year One when I had to make some tough changes coming out of training camp that really put us in a difficult spot."
Hmmmmmm, makes you obviously think that Pioli in Pulling a Pioli. He might be waiting for the Super Bowl to conclude so that he can snatch up another coach that has recent success with winning... ala Todd Haley.
I tend to believe with Clark Hunt in the mix it will start on the Steelers side of things, because that is the team he wants to model his franchise after. Not a bad choice if you ask me. People have been throwing around Bruce Arians a lot, but let us look at all of the options from Pittsburgh shall we.
Wide Receivers Coach
Scottie Montgomery is in his first season with the Steelers as the team’s wide receivers coach. He was hired by the Steelers on February 16th, 2010, after coaching wide receivers at his alma mater Duke from 2006-09.
Under Montgomery’s tutelage, Duke had three receivers with more than 50 receptions and 600 receiving yards in 2009. Duke’s passing attack gained 3,660 yards (305.0 avg.) and accounted for 24 touchdowns last season.
Montgomery, 31, played wide receiver in the NFL with the Denver Broncos (2000-02) after originally signing with the Carolina Panthers as a rookie free agent in 2000. In 2005 he played in the Arena Football League for the Georgia Force.
Prior to his professional playing career, Montgomery finished among Duke’s all-time leading receivers. A native of Cleveland County, North Carolina, Montgomery is one of just five two-time MVPs in Duke history. He currently ranks second on the Blue Devils’ all-time list in career receptions (171), fourth in receiving yards (2,379) and is one of only three players to lead the program in receiving in three straight seasons (1997-99). Montgomery is one of only two Duke Receivers to post three straight seasons with at least 50 receptions and 600 receiving yards.
Quality Control - Offense
Harold Goodwin is in his fourth season with the Steelers as the team’s offensive assistant.
In his position, Goodwin helps coach the offensive line and assists the offensive coaching staff with game preparation, video analysis and scouting of opponents.
Goodwin, 36, spent the previous three seasons (2004-06) as the assistant offensive line coach with the Chicago Bears. Prior to joining Chicago, Goodwin was the offensive line coach at Central Michigan from 2000-03, where he worked with future pros Eric Ghiaciuc and Adam Kieft. Goodwin also served as assistant head coach in 2003. He began his coaching career at Eastern Michigan where he spent the 1998 season overseeing tight ends and offensive tackles, and 1999 coaching the team’s offensive line.
A native of Columbia, S.C., Goodwin was an offensive lineman at Michigan from 1992-94, and spent the next two years as a student assistant with the Wolverines. He served as a graduate assistant for Michigan when the Wolverines won the national title in 1997 and worked with an offensive line which featured three future pros in Steve Hutchinson, Jon Jansen and Jeff Backus.
Goodwin graduated from Michigan in 1996 with a degree in management/communications. He and his wife, Monica, have three children, Kylee (11), Miya (9) and Bryson (4).
Tight Ends Coach
James Daniel begins his zith season with Pittsburgh after remaining with the team following Mike Tomlin’s hiring in January, 2007.
Named the Steelers tight ends coach Jan. 24, 2004, Daniel, 56, spent the previous seven seasons (1997-2003) with the Atlanta Falcons, mostly as the Falcons’ tight ends coach except for one year (2000) when he coached the offensive line.
Under Daniel’s guidance, Heath Miller has become one of the top tight ends in franchise history after only four seasons. Miller has caught 26 postseason passes for 348 yards (13.4 avg.) with three touchdowns, all team postseason records for a tight end.
In 2007, Daniel groomed a young group of tight ends that finished the season with 11 TDs, which is the most combined TDs of any Steelers tight end corps.
During his tenure atAtlanta, Daniel was instrumental in the development of Pro Bowl tight end Alge Crumpler, who set a team receptions mark for tight ends in 2002 and 2003 with 44 and 36, respectively.
He began his NFL coaching career as the tight ends coach of the New York Giants from 1993-96. However, Daniel’s first experience at the pro level occurred through the NFL’s Fellowship Program in 1988 with the New Orleans Saints and in 1992 with the Denver Broncos and Head Coach Dan Reeves. He served under Reeves for his first 11 years in the NFL.
Daniel began his coaching career in the college ranks as the offensive line coach at Auburn (1981-92) for Head Coach Pat Dye. During Daniel’s 12 years at Auburn, the Tigers appeared in nine postseason bowl games, four of his linemen earned All-America honors and several were selected All-Southeastern Conference.
Prior to Auburn, Daniel coached for seven years at Enterprise (Ala.) High School from 1974-80, during which 11 of his offensive linemen earned college scholarships.
As a collegian, Daniel was a three-year starter and four-year letter winner at Alabama State from 1970-73.
Daniel, born Jan. 17, 1953, is married (Myrtis) with no children.
Quarterbacks Coach (On Steelers Website) WR Coach in Bio.
Randy Fichtner is in his third season coaching the Steelers’ wide receivers. He joins the Steelers after serving the previous six seasons at the University of Memphis. Fichtner was hired by Mike Tomlin on Jan. 29, 2007, to coach the team’s wide receivers.
Fichtner’s receiving core had an excellent season in 2008 as Hines Ward topped 1,000 yards (1,043) for the fifth time in his career, and Santonio Holmes was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIII after catching nine passes for 131 yards (14.6 avg.), including the game-winning touchdown reception with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Under the tutelage of Fichtner, Ward and Holmes matched their reception total from 2006 (123), while increasing their TD catches from eight in 2006 to 15 in 2007.
Fichtner, who instituted the spread offense at Memphis, was an integral part of the Tiger football team for six years. He was hired in 2001 to serve as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and his offense re-wrote the Memphis record book for six seasons.
Under Fichtner’s direction, former Tiger quarterback Danny Wimprine emerged as one of the top passers in Conference-USA in 2003.
In 2004, the Tiger offense received much attention heading into the season with a veteran quarterback, an All-American running back in DeAngelo Williams, a seasoned offensive line and a deep receiving corps. That offense lived up to the billing and finished the year ranked ninth nationally in total offense, and 10th in the nation in scoring.
In 2005, Fichtner’s talent was heavily tested as the Tigers lost their two starting quarterbacks by the third game of the season. Fichtner had to make adjustments and instructed true freshman Billy Barefield, who led Memphis to an upset win over UTEP, and then shifted to leading receiver Maurice Avery, who led the Tigers to a 5-2 record and a Motor City Bowl victory as the starting quarterback.
Fichtner was a part of unprecedented offensive success at Memphis that has also contributed to the Tigers playing in three straight bowl games from 2003-05.
The 2002 squad set a record for total offense with 4,258 yards, and then the 2003 team shattered that mark with 5,779 yards of total offense. In 2004, the Tigers amassed 5,524 yards of total offense to rank second all-time. The 2004 Tigers also set school records in points scored with 430 and in passing touchdowns with 25.
Fichtner was no stranger to Memphis when he joined the staff in 2001. He had previously served as an assistant for the Tigers. Prior to his second stint at Memphis , Fichtner spent four years (1997-2000) at Arkansas State University . He arrived in Jonesboro as the quarterback coach in the spring of 1997 and was promoted to offensive coordinator in August of 1997.
During his tenure with the Indians, Fichtner worked with quarterback Cleo Lemon, who set virtually every ArkansasState passing and total offense record.
Prior to joining the staff at Arkansas State, Fichtner spent three years at his alma mater, Purdue, serving as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator from 1994-96.
The Cleveland, Ohio, native originally went to Memphis in the fall of 1990 and coached the Tiger receivers and quarterbacks for four seasons. During his stay at Memphis, Fichtner worked with St. Louis Rams All-Pro wide receiver Isaac Bruce.
Fichtner, 45, worked as a student assistant and graduate assistant at Purdue (1985-86) and at Michigan (1986-87), before serving as a volunteer coach at Southern California in 1988. He landed his first full-time position in 1989 as the tight end coach at UNLV and worked for the Rebels for one season before coming to Memphis.
Fichtner graduated from Purdue in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in health promotion. He is married to the former Jennifer Parker of Covington, Tenn., and the couple has three children: a son, Nathaniel Ross, and daughters, Shelby Brooke and Kirby Lynn.
Running Backs Coach
Kirby Wilson is in his fourth season as the Steelers’ running backs coach. Wilson, who was hired on Jan. 29, 2007, came to Pittsburgh with 19 years of coaching experience at both the collegiate and professional levels.
Wilson, 48, was instrumental in Rashard Mendenhall’s breakout season in 2009 as he posted his first career 1,000-yard rushing season with 1,108 yards on the year. He rushed 242 times with a team-high seven rushing touchdowns.
In 2007, Wilson helped Willie Parker earn his second consecutive Pro Bowl and led the NFL in rushing through the first 16 weeks before he broke his leg in the second-to-last game of the season.
After one season (2001) as wide receivers coach at Southern California, Wilson then joined head coach Jon Gruden’s staff in Tampa Bay in 2002. That season, the trio of running backs Michael Pittman, Aaron Stecker and Pro Bowl fullback Mike Alstott collectively gained over 1,400 rushing yards and helped the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl XXXVII victory over Oakland.
Prior to his stint with the Buccaneers, Wilson spent four years as running backs coach with the New England Patriots (1997-99) and Washington Redskins (2000), tutoring a trio of running backs, including Patriots backs Curtis Martin (1997) and Robert Edwards (1998), and later Redskins running back Stephen Davis (2000). In addition, Wilson honed the skills of Washington fullback Larry Centers, who led his team with 80 pass receptions in 2000. Centers (827 pass receptions) and Keith Byars (610 receptions), whom Wilson coached in New England in 1997, rank one and three in career receptions by a running back in NFL history.
Wilson entered the coaching arena on the staff at Pasadena (CA) City College (1985) as wide receivers coach, and after earning a bachelor of arts degree from Eastern Illinois in 1989, returned to coaching at Los Angeles Southwest Community College (1989–90) as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. Following two seasons at Southern Illinois as linebackers coach (1991) and secondary coach/passing game coordinator (1992), he joined the staff at Wyoming (1993-94) as secondary coach, helping the Cowboys win the 1993 Western Athletic Conference title and earn an appearance in the Copper Bowl.
Wilson coached running backs at Iowa State from 1995-96. Under his guidance, Troy Davis earned all-America honors and led the nation with over 2,000 yards rushing in both ’95 and ‘96—the only player in NCAA history to reach the 2,000-yard rushing mark in consecutive seasons.
A running back and wide receiver at Pasadena Community College (1979–80) and the University of Illinois (1980–81), Wilson played two seasons in the Canadian Football League as a defensive back and kick returner for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1983) and Toronto Argonauts (1984).
Born in Los Angeles, Wilson was on the football and track teams at Dorsey High School in his native Los Angeles. Wilson has five children; sons Kris, Michael and Tyler, and daughters Malia and Savanna.
Offensive Line Coach
Sean Kugler is in his first season with the Steelers. He was hired on January 14, 2010 as the team’s offensive line coach.
Kugler, who will enter his ninth season as an NFL coach, served as the offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills from 2008-09 after joining the Bills in 2007 as the assistant offensive line coach. While there Kugler coached Jason Peters to consecutive Pro Bowls (2007-08). In 2007, the Bills’ offensive line set a team record for allowing just 26 sacks and from 2007 to 2009 paved the way for three consecutive 1,000 yard rushers. Kugler began his NFL coaching career working with both the offensive line and tight ends for the Detroit Lions from 2001-05.)
In 2006, Kugler served as the assistant head coach/offensive line for Boise State. The Broncos were the only undefeated Division I-A NCAA team, finishing the season with a 13-0 record and a dramatic 43-42 victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. The offensive line opened holes for the sixth-ranked rushing attack in the country as the Broncos averaged 222.8 yards per game and paved the way for RB Ian Johnson who rushed for 1,755 yards to rank second in the nation and led the country with 25 touchdowns.
Kugler was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) from 1984-88. He played one season in the World League of American Football (WLAF) with the Sacramento Surge in 1989. Kugler earned his degree in Education at the University of South Florida in 1991 while coaching three years of high school football in Tampa, Fla. from 1990-92. He coached for eight seasons at UTEP, assisting the defensive line as a graduate assistant in 1993 before coaching tight ends (1994) and the offensive line (1995-00).
A native of Lockport, N.Y., Kugler and his wife Patsy have two sons and one daughter.
Kugler’s Coaching Career
1990-91 Tampa Bay Vo-Tech H.S., Offensive/Defensive Line
1992 Gaither H.S. (Fla.), Offensive Line
1993 Texas El Paso (UTEP), Graduate Assistant
1994 Texas El Paso (UTEP), Tight Ends
1995-2000 Texas El Paso (UTEP), Offensive Line
2001-03 Detroit Lions, Tight Ends
2004-05 Detroit Lions, Assistant Offensive Line/Tight Ends/Offensive Line
2006 Boise State, Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
2007 Buffalo Bills, Assistant Offensive Line
2008-09 Buffalo Bills, Offensive Line
2010-current Pittsburgh Steelers, Offensive Line
Bruce Arians is in his fourth season as offensive coordinator under head coach Mike Tomlin, following three seasons as the Steelers’ wide receivers coach. It marks the fifth time he is serving as an offensive coordinator in his coaching career, including one previous time in the NFL and twice at the collegiate ranks.
Named to the Steelers’ coaching staff on Jan. 24, 2004, Arians has over 33 years of coaching experience, including 17 years in the NFL.
Arians has been instrumental in the development of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. With 60 career wins, including a 22-9 mark during Arians’ two seasons as offensive coordinator, Roethlisberger has a .698 winning percentage, fifth among active quarterbacks. Roethlisberger also became the second-youngest quarterback to win two Super Bowls (26 years, 336 days) when the Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23, in Super Bowl XLIII.
Arians, 56, helped All-Pro wide receiver Hines Ward become one of the best wideouts in the NFL over the past six seasons. During Arians’ first six seasons with Pittsburgh, Ward has been to the Pro Bowl twice and was named Super Bowl XL MVP after finishing with 123 receiving yards and one touchdown. Ward also became the Steelers’ all-time receptions leader, surpassing Hall of Famer John Stallworth, and in 2007 became the team’s career leader in receiving yards and touchdown receptions.
Arians has also guided the Steelers to some of its most productive offensive years in the team’s history. In his first year as offensive coordinator in 2007, Arians helped Roethlisberger get elected to his first Pro Bowl as he broke Terry Bradshaw’s long-standing team record for most TD passes in a season with 32. Roethlisberger also finished with a career-best and team-record QB rating of 104.1. In 2009, the Steelers’ offense became the first unit in team history to boast a 4,000-yard passer, two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season. Along the way the offense broke both of the team’s records for passing first downs (210) and passes completed (351).
Prior to the Steelers, Arians spent three seasons (2001-2003) as the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. In 2002 under Arians’ guidance, the Browns scored their most points since the 1987 season and also improved in virtually every major offensive category from the three years prior to his arrival.
Arians was instrumental in the development of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning while serving as the Colts’ quarterback coach for three years (1998-2000). Under Arians’ tutelage, Manning totaled 4,413 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2000 to break his own club season record. His 33 touchdown passes in 2000 established a Colts’ franchise record previously held by John Unitas.
He began his coaching career in 1975 as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech. A 1974 Hokie graduate, Arians played quarterback and was voted the team’s most valuable player as a senior.
Arians then held an assistant coaching position at Mississippi State (running backs and wide receivers) from 1978-80 before heading to Alabama to coach the running backs from 1981-82 under the legendary Paul "Bear" Bryant.
He was also the head coach at Temple University from 1983-88. Arians also held positions with the Kansas City Chiefs (running backs, 1989-92), Mississippi State (offensive coordinator, 1993-95), New Orleans Saints (tight ends, 1996) and Alabama (offensive coordinator, 1997).
Arians was born in Paterson, N.J. He and his wife Christine have a son, Jake (31), and daughter, Kristi Anne (29).
Alot of Kansas CIty Chiefs fans want Bruce Arians to be the new OC. I don't have any negative feelings towards the guy, but I did think that the picture was funny. So, I thought what the hell, that doesn't really look like a face that can stand up to Todd Haley giving him a ass reeming.
Though you can't argue with the mans track record with Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. He might be able to make HIV, Fett, and others believe Matt Cassel can actually be a Quarterback in this league. Though, I think they will believe that shortly after Jason Whitlock believes Todd Haley can be a good Head Coach.
I don't think many would argue that Bruce Arians would be an adequate choice. There are some more choices on that staff. So, let's look and see if there anyone else that Haley and Piloi could surprise us with.
Lets go down the list:
The problem with Scottie is that he just doesn't have enough experience. So in other words, "Scottie doesn't know"
Harold is in Scottie's boat experience wise, and he would have had a leg up. However, he just missed working with Todd Haley in Chicago by one season. Haley's last season was in 2003, Harold and Kumar showed up one season after in 2004. Okay enough bad movie references...
James is a little more intriguing, he has had some success coaching tight ends in this league. However, as we learned with Mike Solari, there can be a wall that you hit hard after your topped out. At 56, if he was ever going to make the jump it would be soon. I Have a feeling if they did lose Bruce Arians he would be one of the staffers in the running for the OC job. He has no obvious ties to Todd Haley, but Todd has a lot of ties to the Steelers organization. So, no one really knows how much he knows about any of these guys.
I love that he was the Assistant head Coach of that 2006 Boise State team, man what a game that was against Oklahoma... Brief racap of that game:
They became only the second team from outside the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) to play in a BCS bowl game when they faced Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, defeating the Sooners in a dramatic thriller.
The Broncos completed an unbeaten season with a 43–42 overtime win over the Sooners. The Broncos led most of the game, but fell behind late in the fourth quarter when quarterback Jared Zabransky threw an interception that was returned for an Oklahoma touchdown. They tied the game on a 50-yard hook and ladder play that ended in a touchdown with 7 seconds left. In the overtime, Sooners star running back Adrian Peterson scored a touchdown on the first play of Oklahoma's possession. Zabransky led the Broncos on a touchdown drive, capped off by a trick play in which backup receiver Vinny Peretta connected with tight end Derek Schouman on a fourth-down pass. They then gambled for the win on a two-point conversion, and tried another trick play. The Broncos ran a play very similar to the Statue of Liberty play, with Zabransky looking toward three receivers before handing the ball off behind his back to star running back Ian Johnson, who ran into the end zone untouched for the win.
Outside of that interesting tid-bit, Sean is just a good OL coach. I am not sure he has any chance of being the Chiefs next OC.
He could possibly be the guy, though he ran a Spread Offense as an OC, he has been in Pittsburgh system for awhile now. That experience should have given him some vast knowledge of the Steelers Offense
Randy and Todd should be able to relate, due to their outstanding work with wide recevers. It is easy to assume that anyway, read up on Randy Fichtner despite being an odd choice. I think this has a real possiblity of happening, the man seems read for an OC opportunity. Check him out, especially his Memphis days.
Kirby, like Randy has had a lot of success. The man coached Troy Davis to back to back 2000 yards years running the ball. We all know what Troy did after that in the NFL..... crickets....
He won a Super Bowl with jon Gruden, he has been on winning teams. I think the Chiefs will like this guy a lot, the Chiefs are going to be built around the running game. So a mind like his helping Todd Haley call the plays might not be a terrible idea. AP, read up on Kirby WIlson.
via www.gaychristian101.com (note the website, got this from google image) Good stuff..ha
So if it is not Bruce Arians, it is Kirby Wilson or Randy Fichtner. Who do you think it will be Arrowhead Pride?
To me, I would be happy with any of the three especially after looking them up. Hope you enjoyed the read AP...