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Well he isn't gonna be the OC

According to ESPN, the Steelers named Ken Whisenhunt as the new OC:


Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Whisenhunt named offensive coordinator

ESPN.com news services

PITTSBURGH -- Steelers tight ends coach Ken Whisenhunt was promoted Tuesday to offensive coordinator. He replaces Mike Mularkey, who last week was named coach of the Buffalo Bills.

Russ Grimm will remain Pittsburgh'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.

Cowher last week interviewed longtime Cincinnati Bengals running backs coach Jim Anderson for the coordinator position, and also considered meeting with prospective candidates at the Senior Bowl this week, but decided Whisenhunt was the best fit. The Steelers dropped statistically to No. 22 in overall offense this year. It is believed, though, that Whisenhunt won't make dramatic changes to the Mularkey design.

Grimm spent 19 years as an assistant and player with the Washington Redskins, where he was a member of the "Hogs" offensive line between 1981 and 1991.

Despite having never been a head coach or coordinator, Grimm 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."

Whisenhunt played nine seasons as a tight end in the NFL with Atlanta (1985-88), Washington (1989-90) and the New York Jets (1991-93), before moving to the coaching ranks at Vanderbilt in 1995. After two years there, he began his NFL coaching career at Baltimore in 1997.

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