PITTSBURGH -- Darren Perry, the Steelers' defensive
secondary coach since 2003, resigned following a meeting with new
coach Mike Tomlin.
Ray Horton, the assistant defensive backs coach the last three
seasons under coach Bill Cowher, may remain on the staff.
Perry, a former Steelers safety, was an assistant defensive
backfield coach in 2003, then took over as the defensive backs
coach in 2004 with Horton as his assistant. Perry returned to
Pittsburgh from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Wednesday night
after giving his resignation to Tomlin earlier in the day.
Perry starred at Penn State, then started at safety for seven
consecutive seasons with Pittsburgh after being taken in the eighth
round of the 1992 draft. He finished his career with the New
Orleans Saints in 2000.
Tomlin said Dick LeBeau would remain as the defensive
coordinator and Bruce Arians would be promoted from receivers coach
to offensive coordinator.
Ken Anderson, a former Bengals quarterback and offensive
coordinator, will replace Mark Whipple as the quarterbacks coach.
Tomlin wanted to make a change after Ben Roethlisberger's play
dropped off significantly last season following his outstanding
first two NFL seasons.
Anderson, the Jacksonville Jaguars' quarterbacks coach the last
four seasons, was let go Jan. 2.
Tomlin still must add a running backs coach and designate a
secondary coach. Dick Hoak resigned earlier this month after
coaching the Steelers' running backs or backfield since 1972 -- the
longest continuous tenure for an NFL assistant coach.
Tomlin is expected to keep Keith Butler as linebackers coach,
James Daniel as the tight ends coach and Chet Fuhrman as the