Jason Cole of the National Football Post recently reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers had Ray Brown on their list of candidates to replace Jack Bicknell, Jr. as the team’s offensive line coach.
Although the Carolina Panthers were reportedly unwilling to let their offensive line coach interview for any jobs while they were still alive in postseason play, their brass were nevertheless expected to let Brown talk to the Steelers after their playoff run ended.
In light of Carolina’s recent loss to the San Francisco 49ers, one must ask the following question:
When will Pittsburgh’s brass be able to formally interview Carolina’s offensive line coach?
Although one of Pittsburgh’s current offensive assistants, Shaun Sarrett, would be a quality hire from a continuity perspective, it would not hurt the Steelers to explore an option like Brown if he is indeed available and willing to interview for the open position.
Brown was a large reason behind the Panthers improved ground attack over the last three seasons, and Carolina ranked 3rd, 9th and 11th during his three-year tenure with the franchise.
A 20-year veteran who started 205 games at the NFL level, Brown’s experience as an offensive linemen and offensive line coach (2008-present) could make him a solid fit for Pittsburgh’s young and still developing unit in the offensive trenches.
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