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Thursday, January 18, 2007

A complete lack of interviewing for the offensive line coach spot may be viewed as concerning, but the timing seems to be the only major problem at this point. The only offensive line coach hired so far in the season has been in Atlanta, where newly hired coach Bobby Petrino brought along his OL coach from Louisville, Mike Summers.

At this time, it would seem that the OL coach will be determined by Fox and the new OC; it hasn't been determined if TEs coach Dave Magazu, a career line coach whose only pro coaching position has been his current one here, will be a candidate. There are no current signs either way that the team has interest in moving Magazu, but one rumor has current Colts offensive assistant and former Bills/Panthers TE Pete Metzelaars coming over to fill the TEs coach position if Magazu did move over.

With only a handful of vacancies this year, there aren't many line coaches out there who would have the ability to move around, and all of them would come from fired staff around the league.

  • Atlanta no longer has use for Tom Cable, who coached the Falcons' OL for 2006 and had been the head coach at his alma mater, Idaho (2000-03) and offensive coordinator for UCLA (04-05) before joining the pro ranks.
  • The Cardinals likely have no use for OL coach Steve Loney, who manned the position for one year after coaching the line for Minnesota (2002-2005) and being their offensive coordinator as well (2005). Loney's Cardinals line was problematic, but he'd built a fine Viking line that included All-Pro center Matt Birk. Loney, however, may be on the lookout for what Denny Green does; Green may not have a chance at a position, given his cavalier attitude toward the Raiders.
  • Oakland's awful line merits no attention to their coaches, and while there was hope for former Pittsburgh and Kansas City assistant Irv Eatman, who had understudied Russ Grimm and Mike Solari respectively, there seems no hope now. Also, Jackie Slater, who like Eatman was titled Offensive Line Coach, may be a Hall of Fame inductee, but with one year under his belt as a coach, it's hard to assume there's promise.
  • Hudson Houck, storied line coach of the Cowboys and now the Dolphins, looks to be under a solid lock by Miami and isn't expected to leave.
There's also the chance a college assistant could present as a candidate.
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