DALLAS -- Sean Kugler was not retained as the Bills' offensive line coach when head coach Chan Gailey was hired, but Kugler found a nice landing spot with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
So the Lockport native goes from a team mired in a losing culture to one that is synomous with winning championships. Kugler's work with the Steelers' banged-up offensive line has been integral in the team reaching the Super Bowl.
Injuries have forced Kugler to use multiple starters on the line, but it's something he was used to after using seven different starting combinations with the Bills last season.
"Koogs is pretty good at dealing with misery," joked Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.
There is nothing miserable about working for a team going for its seventh Super Bowl title. Kugler has been joined by former Bill Jonathan Scott, who has started 11 games at left tackle.
He didn't look too good in a Bills uniform, but he has played well enough to help running back Rashard Mendenhall rush for over 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns while keeping Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger upright.
"Playing for the Steelers is special,'' Scott said. "The thing I like about it the most is every offensive lineman on this team is a joy to work with. Everybody has a desire to win and bust their butts to be better. This is a very good team. I’ve never seen this much talent on a single team since my college days [at Texas].''
As for Kugler, he was glad to have a chance coach with the Bills. But there is no denying that he's in a much better situation with the Steelers.
"I enjoyed every minute in Buffalo and I respect everybody in that organization," Kugler said. "But to have a chance to work for the Pittsburgh Steelers organization is a great opportunity. It’s been a fun year and a challenging year. Hopefully we can put the work in and get one more done."
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