Report: Steelers Interested In LSU Special Teams Coach Thomas McGaughey

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Tuesday that they had hired former Kansas City Chiefs offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. to be their next offensive line coach and that hiring means that the vacant special teams coach position is the only one that is left to be filled.

The Steelers were granted permission on Monday to interview Danny Smith, the special teams coach of the Washington Redskins, and now Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette is reporting on his blog that LSU assistant Thomas McGaughey is also under consideration for the position.

Prior to joining the LSU coaching staff in 2011 McGaughey served as the assistant special teams coordinator with the New York Giants from 2007-10, during which time the franchise ranked among the most productive in the NFL. During his career, McGaughey has coached for eight years in the NFL, two years at the collegiate level and he spent one season in NFL-Europe, all according to his LSU bio page.

The link back to the Giants is now not a surprising one as Bicknell was also on the staff of the Giants as an assistant prior to taking the job with the Chiefs. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has a lot of respect for Giants head coach Tom Coughlin and he has obviously consulted with him over the course of the last few weeks.

The Steelers special teams coaching vacancy is a result of Amos Jones leaving to become the special coach of the Arizona Cardinals after apparently not having his contract renewed after the 2012 season.

  • d like to see khan become our GM… Colbert is shitting the bed on these picks and i dont rememeber the last impact free agent signing, i get it i get thats not the steelers way but COME ON!!

  • Cols714

    Let’s see. Since the Steelers hired Colbert they went to the AFCCG in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010

    They’ve been to 3 Super Bowls and won 2 of them. Considering the team doesn’t sign too many FAs, they must be finding good players somewhere. If it’s true that Colbert is shitting the bed on draft picks and also doesn’t sign impact free agents, where oh where are the Steelers getting these players??

  • steeltown

    Which picks?

    Khan is a numbers guru, not a player or personnel guy

    You dont remember the last impact free agent signing? Umm how about Flozell Adams securing the RT position all the way to the SuperBowl after Colon got injured or how about Jerricho Cotchery dont forget he caught the game tying TD in the playoffs that helped us go to OT against Denver, otherwise we would never have even gone to overtime, or Shaun Suisham who couldve arguably won MVP last season, but I guess those arent too flashy…

    The Steelers dont need too many free agent signings year to year because of excellent drafting and player development, but OK, how about James Farrior in ’02, or James Harrison in ’05, or Ryan Clark in ’06… just a few oldie FA pickups while Colbert has been in town, all impactful, all brilliant moves

  • For sure what we need is the same guy that has us 20 million over the cap in charge of player personnel. noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.