As noted in a previous post, the Pittsburgh Steelers were on the cusp of being my new favorite or new hated team. For those tuning in late, they had a chance to hire from within and pick Russ Grimm, their offensive line coach and Assistant head Coach. The other internal front runner chose to head off to Arizona, afraid that if he waited for the Steelers to choose they might not pick him, and he might not get a head coach position at all.
Grimm stayed loyal, wanting to be coach of the Steelers, on his home turf, where he grew up, where he was a college star before heading off to a three super bowl ring, nominated for the hall of fame career with the Washington Redskins.
Instead, the Steelers chose to dump on Russ Grimm, so they now join the Dallas Cowboys in the tenth ring of hell, just below the level reserved for traitors.
Truth be told, if they had just cut Russ early so he would have chance at other positions being the softie I am I would have let bygones be bygones. But they didn’t. They kept him and held on while they interviewed other folks…people who I have not doubt are qualified.
It now seems the Steelers had no plans of breaking their tradition. No, no, not the one about hiring caucasian coaches…I mean the one about hiring as a new head coach someone in their mid 30’s, defensive coordinator, and from anothe team.
Yep, it now seems that Grimsie never had a chance…and that they kept him around as an insurance policy…and now that they have a new head coach they no doubt will kick him to the curb. I just hope he got severance, as he still had time to run on his contract.
I’d love to see him come back to the Redskins, but I don’t think Joe Bugel is going anywhere.
Yep, all’s well that ends well…Chan Gailey-interviewed-goes back to Georgia tech. Whisenhunt goes to a new gig in Phoenix, Rivera loses the shot but he is coaching in the superbowl…and put a superbowl ring on that finger and maybe Jerry Jones will come calling to get a replacement for the Tuna…and of course Mike Tomlin gets a the big gig with Pittsburgh.
And Russ Grimm gets to go home and sit and try to find a new job.
This really stinks.
Well, at least the Cowboys have company…