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Clements not yet contacted about Steelers vacant OC position

  As Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin continues his search to fill the vacant Offensive Coordinator position, one rumored name hasn’t been contacted. As reported by Alby Oxenreiter of WPXI Pittsburgh this morning: @albyox: Pgh native Tom Clements has not heard from the #Steelers about their OC opening, but the same job’s open in GB so […]

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Report: Steelers to Interview Todd Haley and Tom Clements for Offensive Coordinator Position

The Steelers seem to be at 3 candidates right now for the open offensive coordinator position.  That could change tomorrow though.  They could stay in house with Randy Fichtner or they could go outside and look at Todd Haley and Tom Clements.  The Tibune Review is reporting the Steelers plan to interview these 3 guys.  It looks like things are starting to heat up in the coaching search.  Any of the three of these guys would make me happy.  They all run a good offense and could make this team better.

Randy Fichtner-  I have warmed to this idea since it came out.  After going through all of Fichtner’s past work I was impressed with the offenses that he has run.  He did a whole lot with very little talent at his other jobs.  He still runs a type of the spread but with a more balanced attack.  I would like to see him stay as the QB coach though and one of these other two become OC.  I still think he may be to close to Roethlisberger for our own good.  If he is chosen …

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Steelers Should Be Serious About Packers Quarterbacks Coach Tom Clements for Their Offensive Coordinator Opening


Some may remember me paraphrasing Jim Wexell, who had an off-topic conversation with an unnamed source who spoke of revenge if Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t “great” in their playoff game against Denver.

It spoke possibly of the removal of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

It seems it was prophetic after all.

The issue now is no longer Arians. Now we wonder what the Steelers want their offense to be. Where is it going?

Whether we want it to be or not, this is a passing team. Passing teams can succeed in the red zone. Running teams can fail in the red zone.

What this offense does not have is an air of invincibility. It gets beat while looking like it knows it’s going to get beat.

One team that doesn’t have that problem is Green Bay. Quarterbacks coach Tom Clements has led several players to the Pro Bowl, and has had a high level of succes.

He is the perfect guy to take over for the “retired” Bruce Arians as the Steelers offensive coordinator.

Cast your mind back.

The Steelers were coming off a Tale of Two Halves kind of season in 2000. Despite a dominating defense, the Steelers just missed out on a playoff spot, finishing 9-7.

In 2001, the Steelers added Pittsburgh native Tom Clements to join Pittsburgh natives Bill Cowher and Kevin Colbert as a piece of the team’s leadership.

Quarterback Kordell Stewart is arguably the only person associated with the Steelers organization who’s taken more criticism than the departed Arians over the last 20 years, but his 3,109 passing yards and 537 rushing yards (and five touchdowns) the Steelers returned to their ground dominance of the mid-90s, and advanced to the AFC Championship game).

It was without question the best season of Stewart’s career.

The next season, when Stewart inexplicably melted down, Arians made a hero out of Tommy Maddox, helping him earn NFL Comeback Player of the Year and leading the Steelers back to the playoffs after a disastrous 0-2 start (nearly 0-3, had Maddox not replaced Stewart in the second half).

In 2004, it was the young Ben Roethlisberger replacing Maddox after an injury, and he won 13 straight regular season games, and one more in the playoffs.

After spending some time in Buffalo, where many have failed at the quarterback position, Clements wound up under Pittsburgh native Mike McCarthy in Green Bay. In 2007, Clements helped guide future Hall of Fame passer Brett Favre to a Pro Bowl season, and another appearance in a conference championship game.

He got the pleasure of coaching during the Favre leaving Green Bay insanity of 2008, and had another stint with a young passer. This time, some guy named Aaron Rodgers. Maybe you’ve heard of him.

Clements is a few weeks away from the announcement confirming the first quarterback he ever coached to win an MVP.

As fun as it is to wax nostalgic about the glory days of Bettis behind Lester into the 4-hole, the reality is this is a passing league. Clements gets that. The Steelers are likely to at least enter longterm contract discussions with WR Mike Wallace this offseason, and it won’t be long until they ink Antonio Brown to a long-term deal.

Roethlisberger will likely be given an extension this offseason in order to help free money up from next year’s cap. They could be drafting an offensive tackle or guard with either or both of their first two picks in April’s draft.

The news is all about the offense right now. Why not select a guy who not only is from Pittsburgh and understands the city, not only is a former coach who had success in a pretty solid run by the Steelers, but was the man behind the direct mentoring of the 2011 MVP (a.k.a. The Year Quarterbacks Became More Important Than Any Two Players).

The offense Green Bay runs is not possible without excellent coaching. Rodgers’ success is based on his level of preparation and confidence in his decision-making.

It’d be tough to say Roethlisberger is a more skilled passer than Rodgers, but he’s certainly a few light years ahead of where Stewart was. He’s proved in his career he’s capable of leading the game’s most important position when it’s a part of a running offense or an extremely pass-heavy offense. He’s had Pro Bowl quarterbacks, he’s had bad quarterbacks, but his trending graph of success goes up far more often than it goes down.

He’s a winner, he’s a native Yinzer, and if I had my way, he’d be our guy tomorrow.

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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Pittsburgh LB Foote, Bengals DB Clements inactive

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu and linebacker LaMarr Woodley are active and will play against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Polamalu left last week’s win over Kansas City with concussion-like symptoms while Woodley hasn’t played since straining his left hamstring in a win over New England on Oct. 30.

Linebackers Larry Foote and Chris Carter, NT Chris Hoke QB Dennis Dixon, WR Arnaz Battle, T Jamon Meredith and DE Al Woods are inactive for the Steelers.

The Bengals will be without cornerback Nate Clements, who injured his hamstring Thursday. Kelly Jennings starts in place of Clements.

Linebacker Dontay Moch, OG Clint Boling, TE Donald Lee, WR Ryan Whalen, DT Pat Sims, DE Carlos Dunlap are also inactive for Cincinnati.

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Bengals Dunlap Out, Nate Clements Questionable For Week 13

The Bengals announced DE Carlos Dunlap will miss Sunday’s Week 13 match-up against Pittsburgh. CB Nate Clements is listed as Questionable, but did not practice Friday.

It’s rare when a player doesn’t practice on Friday but plays on Sunday.

Adam Jones and Kelly Jennings will likely be the starting corners if Clements cannot play. The Bengals secondary is depleted due to injuries. CB Leon Hall is out for the year after rupturing his Achilles tendon in Week 10. Clements, the other starting corner, typically moves inside to cover the slot receiver in their nickel package, leaving either inexperienced Brandon Ghee to assume the nickel role, or possibly having SS Chris Crocker move inside. Crocker, though, is also listed as questionable with a biceps injury.

This could be a significant advantage for the receiver-deep Steelers. Antonio Brown carved the Bengals up – Hall in particular – the last time these teams played, a 24-17 Steelers win. With QB Ben Roethlisberger’s broken thumb seemingly not an obstacle, the Steelers may use the Bengals injuries as a reason to get back to throwing the deep ball – something they have not done in previous weeks.

The Steelers are expected to have C Maurkice Pouncey (illness), QB Ben Roethlisberger (thumb) and SS Troy Polamalu, all of whom either missed a practice or were limited this week. OLB LaMarr Woodley will play for the first time since Week 8. WR Arnaz Battle and OLB Chris Carter have been ruled out.

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