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Steelers taking time in hiring new defensive backs coach

Mike Tomlin has only one opening to fill on his staff, and the Steelers coach said today that he is in “no hurry” to fill it.

The Steelers need a new defensive backs coach following the loss of Ray Horton to the Arizona Cardinals.

Tomlin said he has only done “research” in regard to replacing Horton, who left a couple of weeks ago to become the Cardinals' defensive coordinator. Tomlin said he has not interviewed any possible replacements even though former Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Chuck Cecil reportedly interviewed for the job.

“I know that was reported but I have not interviewed Chuck,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin said he expects every other coach on last season's staff to return. The uncertain labor situation may be the biggest reason why Tomlin is taking his time in hiring a new defensive backs coach.

The collective bargaining agreement (CBA) ends after Mach 3, and if the owners lock out the players most NFL business, including offseason workouts and practices, will be put on hold.

“I want to make sure that we hire the right man,” Tomlin said in regard to the one opening on his staff, “and that has no timetable.”

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