TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Steelers taking time in hiring new defensive backs coach

By Scott Brown
Monday, Feb. 21, 2011
 

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.”

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Steelers

  1. Linebacker Harrison coming along slowly since return to Steelers
  2. Steelers notebook: Shazier returns just in time
  3. Steelers’ Adams delivers in pinch against Texans
  4. Steelers free safety Mitchell is still settling into role on defense
  5. Rossi: Middling Steelers must make a statement
  6. Steelers notebook: Young players provide big challenge for special teams coach
  7. Starkey: Century mark beckons for Ben
  8. Snapshot in time: Comparing Cowher, Tomlin drafts
  9. Rossi: Steelers’ season all about going big
  10. Nearing season’s midpoint, Steelers still have issues to sort out
  11. Steelers use 3 late first-half TDs to stun Texans
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.