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Jan 20, 11:57 AM EST

Steelers Get New Offensive Coordinator

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Steelers tight ends coach Ken Whisenhunt was promoted Tuesday to offensive coordinator. He replaces Mike Mularkey, who last week became head coach of Buffalo.

Russ Grimm will remain the team's offensive line coach but will now also have the title of assistant head coach.

Whisenhunt joined the Steelers' staff in January 2001.

"His bright offensive mind and his familiarity with the offense and our personnel made him a natural for the position," coach Bill Cowher said.

Grimm spent 19 years as an assistant and player with the Washington Redskins, where he was a member of the "Hogs" offensive line from 1981-91.

Despite having never been a head coach or coordinator, he was one of two finalists for the Bears' job that went to Rams defensive coordinator Lovie Smith.

"Russ has had a tremendous impact on our team since his arrival three years ago," Cowher said. "This promotion recognizes his importance to our team."

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Yeah, Cowher screwed Grimm on this one (that is presuming that he did REALLY want to come here and the position was open for him).

To mollify Grimm, he gave him a fancy new title and probably more money. But, he also passed him over. I'd expect to see a parting of the ways once his contract is over.

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