PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 24: Shaun Suisham #6 of the Pittsburgh Steelers kicks a field goal against the St. Louis Rams during the game on December 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
The Steelers announced the termination of special teams coordinator Al Everest today, providing little details behind the surprise move.
Everest joined the Steelers in 2010, and the team has seen marked improvement in his tenure, suggesting there is something behind the scenes at work.
The Steelers announcement, coming via head coach Mike Tomlin, was seemingly boiler-plated, not providing any details behind the reason of his sudden termination.
"We are continually evaluating our coaching staff and support staff, and we have decided to go in a different direction with respect to the coaching of our special teams," Tomlin said. "I want to thank Al for his contributions and efforts, and I wish him well in the future."
Assistant special teams coach Amos Jones will take over immediately.
While the removal of a special teams coach may not seem like a big deal, it's another transition for the team. The removal of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was a bit more expect, or at the least, not surprising. Everest seemed to be doing a solid job in his time in Pittsburgh.