Mike Jurecki of XTRA 910 Radio in Arizona is reporting Thursday on Twitter that he has heard that former Pittsburgh Steelers special teams coach Amos Jones will be the new special teams coach for the Arizona Cardinals.
Former? This is the first time that we have heard that term used in relation to Jones, who took over for Al Everest when the Steelers let him go prior to the start of the 2012 season. The Steelers special team units were horrible last season, but we have yet to hear that Jones has been fired or retired.
Keep your fingers crossed that this news is indeed true.
In somewhat related news, the Cardinals are also reportedly close to finalizing a deal with former Steelers defensive tackle Brentson Buckner to become their new defensive line coach. Buckner was a coaching intern on the Steelers defensive coaching staff from 2010-2012.
“It’s a big jump but I was blessed with the years of playing in the NFL, coaching high school kids and even the little time with the (indoor football team) Charlotte Speed has really helped me build everything together,” Buckner said, via the Charlotte Observer. “In Pittsburgh, the coaches let me see what a coach’s life is. I was in every personnel meeting, breaking down film, putting down practice plans. They exposed to so much and it was just natural.”