Steelers hire former Penn State defensive coordinator to coach DBs

Frederick Owens
February 11, 2018

It appears Nick Saban's staff isn't complete after all, as defensive line coach Karl Dunbar looks to be returning to the NFL.

Alabama is also expected to promote Tosh Lupoi to defensive coordinator, according to sources, after he spent last season as co-defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach.

Dunbar, age 50, was drafted by the Steelers in the 8th round of the 1990 NFL Draft. "Just to be back and the nostalgia of Pittsburgh, the mystique of Pittsburgh, the workman's mentality". Dunbar takes over for John Mitchell, who will remain as assistant head coach. He told PennLive this past season that he does not want to give up coaching Pittsburgh's current core of defensive line talent. "This team drafted me out of college". Hopefully I can bring that to the team. He did however play three seasons in the National Football League, one with the New Orleans Saints (1993) and two with the Arizona Cardinals (1994-95). Knowing Coach Mitchell, who was a coach at LSU when I played.

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"This team drafted me out of college", Dunbar said, via the Steeler's release. "We have a great nucleus in the defensive backs room, and my goal is to help this group continue to grow and develop as we all work toward one goal".

Bradley is replacing Carnell Lake, who stepped down to spend more time with his family.

Dunbar's departure officially leaves two open spots on an overhauled Alabama staff that lost offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley following the CFP Championship Game.

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