Report: Steelers Defensive Assistant Jerry Olsavsky To Interview With Bills

The Pittsburgh Steelers might not be done with turnover on their coaching staff this offseason as defensive assistant Jerry Olsavsky is expected to interview with the Buffalo Bills to become their new linebackers coach, according to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Olsavksy, a former Steelers linebacker himself, was hired in 2010 to replace Lou Spanos, who left to become linebackers coach with the Washington Redskins. Prior to him being hired by the Steelers, Olsavsky spent seven seasons coaching linebackers for Youngstown State.

Last week, the Bills named former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz as their new defensive coordinator. The Bills current linebackers coach Jim O’Neil is expected to interview with the Cleveland Browns this week for their open defensive coordinator job.

Should Olsavksy wind up being hired away, it will mark the third change to the Steelers coaching staff this offseason as offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. was fired and running backs coach Kirby Wilson left to become the Minnesota Vikings new running backs coach.

  • Matt Manzo

    It’s funny that as bad as we’ve been the last 2 years how many coaches are being given opportunities to move up with other organizations! I guess Wilson took the same job but he was interviewed as an OC right?
    Anybody worried about losing Oslavsky? He’s been waiting for Butler to take the D as long as Butler has! Does anyone think he’d be our LB coach when/if Butler moves up?
    I love it when our former players get to coach with us! I remember Oslavsky being an awesome special teams player!

  • Jazz

    Out of the three assistants, I think loosing Olsavsky would be a deep blow. They have been grooming this guy for a few years now to take over for Butler just in case LeBeau left. The Steelers need to move on, I like LeBeau, but his scheme is way behind the times, and so is his current players. For him to even suggest that the Steelers defensive players weren’t old in 2013, that should tell you something. Clearly the old buzzard is too close to his players, too close.

  • Matt Manzo

    Yeah, it’s hard to knock Lebeaus intelligence and knowledge but I’m tired of getting lit up by the Pats! I just think that Butlers gotta have some new twist on what Lebeaus been doin.

  • treeher

    I don’t see why Butler would be much different than his boss. They’ve been together for a long time and I’m certain Butler’s input is implemented in the D. Of course, if someone has evidence to the contrary I’d love to see it.

  • PA2AK

    Well if he has learned from LeBeau, that’s one of the biggest plus’ to the whole deal. The biggest difference is AGE and approach. No evidence that he will be better, but there IS evidence that LeBeau has likely hit his effective ceiling.

  • PA2AK

    When LeBeau finally leaves…what happens if Butler is gone?

  • joed32


  • PA2AK

    I guess not too bad of an option.