The Steelers have announced the termination of the contract of special teams coordinator Al Everest and have replaced him with assistant Amos Jones.
“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,” said coach Mike Tomlin. “I want to thank Al for his contributions and efforts, and I wish him well in the future.”
Everest was about to embark upon his 16th NFL season and third with the Steelers.
In two preseason games, the Steelers hadn’t missed a placekick or allowed a kick return longer than Brandon Boykin's 46-yarder on their first kickoff of the preseason.
Everest was hired by Tomlin on January 21, 2010 over Jones, who had been the Steelers' assistant special teams coach prior to Everest’s arrival.
Jones, a 1982 graduate of Alabama where he played safety and running back for Bear Bryant, is entering his sixth season with the Steelers. He was among Tomlin’s first hires in 2007 and worked with Tomlin back at the University of Cincinnati in 1999-2000.
Jones, 52, left Cincinnati for James Madison in 2003 and then coached special teams and linebackers at Mississippi State from 2004-06.