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Buffalo Bills to interview Steelers assistant Jerry Olsavsky

To the surprise of no one, the Buffalo Bills are looking at a Pittsburgh Steelers assistant as a potential new linebackers coach under Doug Marrone and Jim Schwartz.

Karl Walter

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Pittsburgh Steelers defensive assistant Jerry Olsavsky will interview with the Buffalo Bills for the position of linebackers coach.

You may remember Olsavsky from his 10-year NFL playing career, the vast majority of which came as a linebacker for the Steelers. Since his last season in the NFL, 1998, the 46-year-old Olsavsky - who, like Bills GM Doug Whaley, played college ball at Pitt (they did not play together; Olsavsky predated Whaley by a few years) - has spent 11 seasons coaching. The first seven came as the linebackers coach at Youngstown State, and the last four have been as a general assistant under coordinator Dick LeBeau for the Steelers.

Dulac points out that Olsavsky is looking to become a position coach for the first time in his NFL career. That likely won't happen in Pittsburgh until LeBeau retires, as his heir apparent, Keith Butler - who has come up for coordinator openings as recently as this season (Tennessee), and been denied the opportunity to interview - currently coaches the Steelers' linebackers.

Bills head coach Doug Marrone is in the process of re-organizing his defensive coaching staff following a mass exodus of several assistants that followed Mike Pettine to the Cleveland Browns. Olsavsky, should he get the job, would replace Jim O'Neil, who is on his way to becoming the Browns' next defensive coordinator. Marrone began the process of filling out his staff on Monday when the team introduced Jim Schwartz as its new defensive coordinator.