Steelers Name Jack Bicknell Jr. As Their New Offensive Line Coach

The Pittsburgh Steelers have finally named their new offensive coach on Tuesday and Bob Labriola reports via Twitter that it is Jack Bicknell Jr., the former offensive line coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bicknell spent one season in Kansas City after a three-year stint with the New York Giants, where he served as the team’s assistant offensive line coach under head coach Tom Coughlin and offensive line coach Pat Flaherty.

According to the Chiefs official website profile on Bicknell, in his first season with the Giants, three members of their offensive line played in the Pro Bowl and it was the first time since 1962 that three Giants from the same position group were selected to the NFL’s all-star game.

Prior to joining the Giants coaching staff Bicknell spent two seasons as the assistant head coach/offensive line coach at Boston College University where he also played his college ball.

Bicknell might be best known as the player that snapped the ball to quarterback Doug Fluite on the famous Hail Mary play that beat the Miami Hurricanes in 1984.

“The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the greatest franchises in the NFL,” said Bicknell, Jr. to “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.”

  • Cols714

    Sounds promising. Has to be better than Kugler.

  • Kusko_Ken

    Is he a zone or power guy or maybe a combo of the two?

  • steeltown

    Interesting.. he did have his hand in molding a good group of players with the Giants, they didnt allow too many sacks, in the three yrs he was there Eli was never sacked more than 30times

    His OL in KC last season didnt fare as well..but they put up some damn good rushing numbers, nearly 50yds more per game than the Steelers

  • SteelersDepot

    Bicknell is versed in both the power & zone blocking schemes.

  • steeltown

    Nice… guess we’ll see

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Eh what the heck don’t know to much about him might as well give him a shot has to be better then Kugler (hopefully)

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  • Kevin Gobleck

    Did Haley and Bicknell work together?

  • steeltown

    No I dont think so.. Bicknell was with the NY Giants from ’09-’11

  • steeltown

    Ha thanks, I remember now.. they did confuse the hell out of us with those different zone blocking formations

  • Dave, what is your opinion. Do you like him as well as Hunter?

  • Kevin Gobleck

    alright wasn’t sure. but do you guys think we might take Andre Ellington now he seems like he could be the next J.Charles, and if Haley and Bicknell had success with a guy like that who knows.

  • SteelersDepot

    Yes, I do. I think he will bring a scheme similar to the one I expected Hunter would have brought had he been hired.

  • JohnnyV1

    Not a well established NFL offensive line coach resume, as suspected, when many were available. Was an assistant offensive line coach w/ the Giants, then only one year as the Chiefs assistant offensive line coach. He must have come at the right price. And just like Kugler, came from a losing, low-budget program.

  • NW86

    A bit of a puzzling hire…he certainly doesn’t have the resume of some of the other potential coaches out there. 1 year as OL coach for a losing team. However, the Steelers obviously saw something in the interview…last time they made a hire like that of a relatively unknown guy, was a guy named Mike Tomlin, and that worked out OK…in the front office we trust!

  • Now I’m excited

  • Mike Carroll

    Looks like a promising hire. I was at the game vs the Chiefs and remember being impressed with their O-line play that night. Definitely like the idea that Bicknell uses both power and zone blocking schemes since it seems all the best rushing teams these days attack in multiple ways. And I think there is less doubt than ever that the Steelers truly intend to bring back a legitimate rushing component to their offense and I am all for it. Now it’s time to coach up all the talent they’ve drafted the last few years!

  • Chris92021

    I like this move a lot. Welcome to the team, Coach Jack!

  • steeltown

    could be.. one thing is for sure, when it comes to the draft (and especially drafting RB) anything could happen, we could see Rd2 or Rd6 being utilized.. or maybe both

  • Michael Mazanowski

    No pickle w Bicknell!