Former Kansas City Chiefs offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. landed the same job with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday. He will be working on the save offensive staff as former Chiefs head coach Todd Haley, the Steelers current offensive coordinator.
Bicknell Jr. didn’t come to Kansas City until last season, after Haley was already long gone from town. He wasn’t one of the few people retained this season by new Andy Reid. The new head coach instead decided to hire Andy Heck to oversee the line.
Before he landed with the Chiefs Bicknell Jr. was the assistant offensive line coach with the New York Giants when they won Super Bowl XLVI. From a fantastic performance with the Giants to a dominant running game in Kansas City despite having no threat of any passing attack.
“The proof is in the pudding,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin told the team’s official site. “When I had an opportunity to look, not only at what he says from a presentation standpoint but also at what the tape looks like, it was attractive. Obviously they were in a tough situation this past year in Kansas City from a team standpoint. Their (2-14) record reflects that. They had some instability at the quarterback position, but they ran the ball and they ran the ball consistently.”
Sounding a lot like Haley did when he was hired by the Steelers, Bicknell Jr. said he was excited to be with such a historic team.
“The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the greatest franchises in the NFL. The Steelers have great tradition, great ownership and great leadership from the top to the bottom. For me to be able to come to a situation like this, it is really a dream come true.”