Offensive line coach candidate Ray Brown worked with Sean Kugler in Buffalo

Ray Brown is the assistant offensive line coach for the Carolina Panthers. The Steelers reportedly have an interest in interviewing him for their open offensive line coach position. - Photo courtesy of www.panthers.com

With a not-so-close connection to the team, it appears Brown's experience in 2010 with the San Francisco 49ers, helping mold two rookies taken in the first round, make him a viable candidate for the Steelers' open offensive line coach position.

The Steelers are reportedly interested in discussing their offensive line coach vacancy with Panthers assistant OL coach Ray Brown.

Brown, perhaps not surprisingly, was an assistant to former Steelers OL coach Sean Kugler in Buffalo in the 2008-09 seasons.

Two main characteristics that stand out on Brown's resume in reference to the Steelers' job are his experience in dealing with fluctuation (Carolina has had turnover and injuries along its offensive line like the Steelers have) and the development of young talent.

He was in San Francisco in 2010, where he helped mold rookie first round picks Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati, the latter being an All Pro level guard now. Considering the youth of Pittsburgh's offensive line, Brown's candidacy makes sense.

The Panthers are declining to allow Brown to discuss the position now, but a report indicates they will when the Panthers season is over. They are the No. 2 seed in the NFC, and will play their first playoff game next weekend.

Brown played in 265 games over his career for four different franchises, the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions. His last start was in 2005 with Washington, losing to Seattle in the NFC divisional playoffs.

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