Big Lead Sports Bar

1/19/2010

STEELERS CLOSE WITH AL EVEREST



According to the PG's Gerry Dulac, the Steelers are very close to a deal with Al Everest that would make him the team's new special teams coach.

Everest comes by way of San Francisco, where he was hired in 2007 by Mike Nolan. His contract ended after the 2009 season and was not renewed, with signs pointing to a butting of heads with Mike Singletary, someone you most certainly would not like to butt heads with.

The 59-year-old Everest has coached football for almost 40 years, starting with his alma mater, SMU, in 1972 and literally going around the globe since. In addition to SMU, he has also spent time with North Texas, Cameron College, the American School Foundation in Mexico City, the Legnano Frogs and Pesaro Angels of the Italian League, the PSFL's Arkansas Miners, the AFL's San Antonio Force, The Colony (Tex.) HS, the CFL's Birmingham Barracudas, the Arizona Cardinals, the New Orleans Saints, and most recently, the 49ers. So experience is certainly not an issue.

He also switched sports at one point, spending seven years (1981-87) as the head baseball coach at U.S International. So if things ever get boring at practice, he can always teach Stefan Logan how to properly execute a sac bunt.

More importantly, though, is Everest using his years of coaching experience to shore up a unit that was ghastly under Bob Ligashesky last season. And anyone who saw the Steelers' kick coverage in 2009 knows that Everest certainly has a lot of work ahead. He might wish to be back in the PSFL at some point.

Steelers close to hiring special teams coach [PG]

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5 comments:

Corey said...

not what i was hoping for...

AJ said...

He remind the rest of the team to eat their oatmeal and watch out for Dia-beat-iss.

Cornelius said...

I'm ok with pretty much any coaching decision as long as it doesn't involve Chan Gailey becoming my head coach.

PhoenixAuthor said...

Ditto.

Spatula said...

If you look at San Fran's special teams this year, this guy is not an upgrade.