Report: Steelers Want To Interview Panthers Assistant Offensive Line Coach

According to Jason Cole of the National Football Post, the Pittsburgh Steelers have expressed interest in Carolina Panthers assistant offensive line coach Ray Brown to fill the vacancy created after the team fired offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. on Friday.

Brown, who is in his third season with the Panthers, will not be able to interview with the Steelers until after Carolina is eliminated from the playoffs.

Brown, a former player himself, was originally an eighth-round draft choice (201st overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986. He played in 265 games with 202 starts at guard and tackle for four different franchises – St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions.

  • Matt Manzo

    What do we know about this guy?

  • RJ

    He was an offensive lineman for many years for multiple teams, most notably with the Redskins where he was a lineman alongside Russ Grimm. He was All-Pro a time or two. I didn’t know he was coaching, but evidently he has been with the Bills and Panthers. He has the player pedigree, but I’m not sure about his coaching ability. He has coached on some good lines in Buffalo and now in Carolina. However, I’m not sure how instrumental he was in developing players and schemes.

    He definitely warrants some consideration or, at least a look at.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Really should give shuan serret a shot and reward him for an outstanding job if hes the reason for the ol turnaround

  • DrakePirate

    I dont know what they were doing or who was responsible for the vast improvement of the OL play in the second half, especially considering the vast injuries and merry go around of position moves … but whatever it was and who was responsible … they would be wise to stick in that direction … the last thing the OL needs is to learn a new system and more inconsistency.

    Much like Haley and the Off .. which i wasn’t a huge fan of at the beginning … i think he has more than earned another year of righting the Steelers Off output … it was really coming together the last month plus … even the running game was improving and especially Ben’s performance was outstanding !

  • Patrick Reid

    Couldn’t agree more. I’m really interested in seeing what Embernate can do next year. The first time I saw his tape I thought we had gotten a steal. Hopefully he can push Foster in camp. Any update on his or Pouncey’s rehab?

  • unfurious

    There is a big difference between augmenting/teaching someone else’s system and implementing your own. Serret doesn’t seem to have much of a football resume. Giving him the job before he’s ready would not be a reward. If they want to reward him, they can grant him an interview for the position so that he has that experience under his belt.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I have to respectfully disagree. I saw some flashes of good running “moments” but overall our OL still does not blow people off the ball.

    If you draft two 1st rounders and two 2nd rounders you should expect to see opposing DL staggering backwards regularly. I don’t see that from Gilbert or Pouncey very often. (I see it from Wallace more than Pouncey)

    Now I will give DeCastro some credit. He has progressed nicely. But I personally feel you should not spend mid first round picks on interior OL. You can usually get comparable talent in the 2-3 round range. 1st round picks should be game changers (or trade back).

    I don’t think the problem is the OL coach. I think we slightly mis-evaluated the talent in the draft. Not to say our draft picks suck. They just haven’t impacted the running game (or passing game) like you’d expect.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Well stated i agree

  • RyanW

    Titans just fired Munchak would love the Steelers to hire him as oline coach

  • DrakePirate

    Ya, i was really bummed when he got injured … was looking forward to seeing what he can do … hopefully he will be ready to go come OTAs and wind up at least providing some good depth at OL .. haven’t heard whats up with their rehab … these days the players seem to do really well with rehab and them not being skill players should make it a tad bit easier … we really are close on both sides of the ball to being elite … i would say 3 new players on both sides and we are back on top !

  • DrakePirate

    Im not saying the running game was doing well by any means … all I’m saying is that it improved from atrocious to almost reasonable … pass protection actually improved from dismal to pretty respectable … so all in all i was liking the direction it was heading in … i just dont want to derail the train when its going forward …

    Actually, i do think it was the coaching that was a big part of the improvement because we had all kinds of back up players filling in and not only doing a decent job but actually improving the OL in all areas … i can only attribute that to good coaching and the players gelling and understanding the system better

  • gene mann

    MM was just fired that a Guy i would not mind unless he going for another HC job

  • joed32

    He might be looking for a coordinator position.

  • RyanW

    Hes never been an OC went str8 from OL coach to HC so who knows if hed even get interest as an OC.

  • r4kolb

    I know rumor has Russ Grimm as in the running for the Redskins job but does he now hate us for bailing on him for the head coaching job for the Steelers that he would not consider it?

  • r4kolb

    His name is also in the running for Penn State job.

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  • Cesar Rguez

    Muchak or Matews a perfect fit!!!!

  • Alan Felicia

    I highly doubt Grimm will interview for that or any head coaching position. His last years in Arizona was so bad that the local media was ripping him apart.
    Anyway, best bet, where ever Whisenhunt lands as a HC, Grimm will sure to follow.

  • joed32

    I agree, he was never HC material.

  • Steve

    Whoever the Steelers pick for the Offensive Line Coach it needs to be a coach that knows the power running blocking and teaches it well. Bicknell was brought in to install the zone blocking system and with our personnel it never worked. That was not Bicknells fault, it was Tomlins, cause if the personal is not there, it will not work. The Zone scheme is good, for quick, finesse type blockers which we don’t have.