Steelers Hire Jack Bicknell Jr. to Coach Offensive Line and More AFC North News

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 30, 2013

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Tuesday they hired Jack Bicknell, Jr., to take over the vacant offensive line coaching job, reports Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Bicknell takes over for Sean Kugler, who left the team to become the head coach at UTEP.

In 2012, Bicknell was the offensive line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs and spent 2009 through 2011 as an offensive line assistant for the New York Giants. As Dulac notes, Bicknell will be inheriting a young line, one that could have up to five starters under 25 years old in 2013.


Baltimore Ravens

Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun breaks down how the Baltimore Ravens secondary can shut down San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree on Sunday.

Bleacher Report's Scott Kacsmar wonders if Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been underrated in clutch situations.


Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy caught up with current Ravens offensive guard and former Cincinnati Bengal Bobbie Williams at Super Bowl media day, who says there's no hard feelings between himself and his former team.

Sean O'Donnell of Bleacher Report says that the Bengals would be well served to work in a bit of the pistol offense in the upcoming season.


Cleveland Browns

Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer says that the Cleveland Browns hiring of new defensive coordinator Ray Horton is yet another change, but what matters most is that it is finally a change for the better.

Bleacher Report's David DeWitt says it is now a time of hope for the Cleveland Browns after all the coaching pieces have been put into place.


Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette caught up with former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach and current CBS NFL analyst Bill Cowher in New Orleans about the state of the team after coming off of an 8-8 season.

Bleacher Report's Nick DeWitt presents his fixes for the Steelers that can make them contenders again in 2013.