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Steelers fire Bob Ligashesky; Amos Jones retained

Another day, another coach cleaning out his office.
The Pittsburgh Steelers fired special teams coach Bob Ligashesky, the team announced this afternoon. The team also officially confirmed the firing of offensive line coach Larry Zierlein.
In 2008 under Ligashesky, the Steelers had NFL’s top kick coverage unit but in 2009 they ranked 30th in kickoff coverage and 24th in punt coverage. Special teams coverage costs the Steelers a game or two.
Ligashesky met with Mike Tomlin on Wednesday. Even though there was talk that Mike Tomlin wanted to retain Ligashesky, Tomlin is stressing accountability and really had no choice but to make a change.
Ownership is likely to give former special teams coach Bobby April a strong look. Arpil, formerly of the Buffalo Bills, was the Steelers special teams coach from 1994-1995.
He is an attractive option but Mike Tomlin may look to bring in his own guy.
Notes: The Steelers have offered assistant special teams coach Amos Jones an opportunity to return to the team. Jones is staying with the team for now. Yesterday sources told TIOPS the Steelers will retain 1 of 2 special teams coaches.

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