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Steelers Defensive Backs coach Carnell Lake steps down from team

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The Pittsburgh Steelers will now be searching for a new coach for their defensive secondary.

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When it comes to coaches fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers complained about the most, defensive backs coach, and former player, Carnell Lake would easily rank in the Top 5. Well, fans won’t have to complain anymore, as Lake has stepped down from his position with the team.

Lake gave the following statement as to why he was stepping down from his coaching duties, being on Mike Tomlin’s staff since 2011. This from the Steelers’ official website:

I have decided to return to California to be able to be a part of my youngest son’s last year of high school football.

I want to thank Mr. Art Rooney II and the Rooney family, Coach Mike Tomlin, Kevin Colbert, the coaching staffs I have worked with throughout my time in Pittsburgh, and the entire Steelers organization. It has been a privilege and honor to play and coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I also want to thank all of the players I have coached during my seven years with the team – it truly was an honor to work with them. Finally, I would like to thank Steelers fans for their support and for being the best fans in the NFL during both my time as a player and coach.

Lake’s decision to step down from the Steelers means Mike Tomlin’s staff now has a vacancy which needs filled. The team will now have to try and find a defensive backs coach who hasn’t already committed to a team for the 2018-2019 season. The team will likely have to act fast with the preparations for free agency, the NFL Draft and scouting visits just starting to heat up.

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