Steelers hire Carnell Lake as DB coach

| Tuesday, March 8, 2011

The Steelers took care of what little business they can Monday by hiring Carnell Lake to coach their defensive backs.

In returning Lake to the team he starred for from 1989-98, coach Mike Tomlin filled the lone opening on his staff. Lake replaces Ray Horton, who had been with the Steelers since 2004 before leaving last month to become the Arizona Cardinals' defensive coordinator.

Lake, who played mostly safety for the Steelers but also lined up at cornerback, coached defensive backs at UCLA, his alma mater, in 2009. He left after one season for family reasons.

Before that, Lake had an internship with the Philadelphia Eagles during training camp in 2009. After playing 10 seasons with the Steelers and making four Pro Bowls, Lake played for the Jacksonville Jaguars (1999-2000) and the Ravens (2001) before retiring.

Lake had 16 interceptions and 16 fumble recoveries with the Steelers and is still fourth on the team's all-time list in the latter category.

His hiring comes during a relatively dead period for NFL teams. While the owners and players' union work toward a new collective bargaining agreement, teams are prohibited from conducting player transactions. The sides met again yesterday after twice extending the deadline for a new CBA last week.

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