Updated: Jun 1
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Last year, Adrian Klemm was supposed to bring a physical and nasty mentality to the Steelers' offensive line, but that really never came to fruition, as the offensive line was subpar and Klemm left for Oregon before the season even ended. In hindsight, it was a pretty bad hire by Mike Tomlin, as there was some red flags with Klemm to begin with at previous stops.
Of course, coaches leave for other jobs all the time. Klemm probably got paid more at Oregon, too, as he was named the associate head coach/offensive line/run game coordinator. Nevertheless, Klemm wasn't really that impressive with the Steelers, and he might have been fired anyway if he had not left.
When speaking at OTAs last week, offensive tackle Dan Moore Jr. suggested that the Steelers had too much of an aggressive approach last year.
"I think last year we tried to have an aggressive mindset," Moore said via Teresa Varley of Steelers.com. "I think the best way to describe it this year is controlled aggression. We just don't want to run off the ball with our heads down and no technique. We really want to be technicians. We want to be grounded in what we do."
Those last couple of lines were really telling about Klemm by Moore, especially the "no technique" part.
With having three offensive line coaches in three seasons, if you count Chris Morgan as the interim offensive line coach, the Steelers are hoping that the hire of Pat Meyer will be a success.
For Moore, he's hoping to build off his rookie season where he started at left tackle for 16 consecutive regular-season games.
“Just getting that first (year starting) under your belt, now you are going in with the confidence and the experience,” Moore said via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I just know what to expect.”
Moore also acknowledged that the Steelers didn't add an offensive tackle in free agency or the draft: “I do, but at the same time you got to keep working. Obviously I came in and won a job, so somebody can easily come in and do that so I have to keep working.”