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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Pagac to Steelers?

I'm hearing rumors that Richeyville native Fred Pagac is very interested in joining the Steelers staff - though that opportunity may have dried up when linebackers coach Keith Butler declined Miami's overtures to become the Dolphins defensive coordinator.

Pagac has been the linebackers coach for the Vikings the past four seasons and his contract is up at the conclusion of this season. I'm told he and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin are close from their days in Minnesota - where Tomlin was defensive coordinator for a season before joining Pittsburgh.

Pagac has coaching stops with Kansas City and Oakland in the NFL and was a longtime Ohio State assistant.

Would he possibly leave Minnesota to become specials teams coordinator for the Steelers? That's the only defensive opening the team currently has - outside of defensive quality control, a position he is overqualified for.


Anonymous said...

Pay him LB coach money to do defensive quality control, then bump him up to LB coach when Butler takes over for LeBeau.

Of course, Rooney is probably too cheap to do that.

other_patrick said...

So you're suggesting that Pagac move, take a demotion, wait for unstoppable Dick Lebeau to retire, assume that Butler is a lock for DC job, and then.... after all of that, he'll have the same job he already has.

And the reason this won't happen is that the Rooney's are cheap??

Anonymous said...

Side note>>> any way the Steelers get Ed Reed?

Ryan said...

Side note>>> Are you serious? He's contemplating retirement, not testing free agency.

Collin Williams said...

Funny Funny STuff Anonymous

Viz-Burgh said...

There could still be an opening on the D side if Ray Horton is offered (and subsequently accepts) the DC job at the Univ. of Houston. I don't see any prior experience by Pagac coaching DBs but he was the DC at Ohio State, so his experience isn't solely as a LB coach.