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Kudos to Kugler

The fact the Buffalo Bills finished 32nd in the NFL in sacks allowed per pass attempt did not wind up hurting the job prospects for former Bills offensive line coach Sean Kugler. The Pittsburgh Steelers showed what they thought of Kugler's performance under the most trying circumstances by hiring him as their new offensive line coach. Actually this is the second O-line coach the Steelers have plucked from Buffalo. Kugler replaces the fired Larry Zierlein, who was Jim McNally's assistant in Buffalo in 2006.

Kugler had to deal with the fact the Bills had five offensive linemen go on injured reserve this season, along with two tight ends, in addition to the release of the starting left tackle before the season. Kugler is a Lockport native. He lands in what looks like a pretty good spot. Besides the fact the Steelers are just a year removed from the Super Bowl title, they allowed the most sacks in the league (50) this year. (They were 30th in sacks allowed per pass attempt.) The three previous years, the Steelers allowed 49, 47 and 49 sacks, respectively. Granted, QB Ben Roethlisberger takes more sacks than many QBs due to his willingness to hold onto the ball to make a play (which is one of his strengths). But Kugler is in position to look good in Pittsburgh.

---Mark Gaughan


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