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Dunbar and Smoke in the Pittsburgh Hills

Posted by Randy Lange on July 22, 2013 – 10:36 am

In part two of our four-part blog visiting with some of the Jets’ assistant coaches on their training camp memories, I chatted with Karl Dunbar recently. And before Dunbar was a top-notch defensive line coach, he was a decent defensive lineman himself — a standout DT at LSU and a three-year pro with one season in New Orleans and two in Arizona.

But his first NFL exposure was as an eighth-round pick by Pittsburgh, and Dunbar remembers that first training camp experience at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., like it was yesterday.

“Mean Joe Greene was my defensive line coach and Chuck Noll was my head coach,” Dunbar recalled. “At camp, we’d have to run the hills in the morning, and the strength and position coaches would be out there along the trail.

“You always knew where Mean Joe was, even if he was behind a tree, because he’d always smoke a cigar. As you were running steep hills, through trees and brush, you’d suddenly smell the cigar smoke coming from the trees and you’d say, ‘Mean Joe’s right around the corner.’ “

Even though Dunbar didn’t stay with the Steelers, he said he had no doubt that summer was an important one for him as a player and then as an NFL coach.

“I’ll never forget that first year coming out,” he said. “Running the hills, working your quads and glutes, no question that got us ready. And I’ll never forget my first year coming out of college, playing defensive line under Mean Joe. That all made us better players.”

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15 Responses to “Dunbar and Smoke in the Pittsburgh Hills”

  1. By Tom "Section 124 Row 20" Spicer on Jul 22, 2013 | Reply

    I read the Jets are working out Austin Collie & Lareunt Robinson. Also the Jets signed Geno Smith which is good news he has to be there on day one.

  2. By IRA on Jul 22, 2013 | Reply

    Funny story. Like Coach Dunbar great guy and talented coach for sure. OK Geno is in the house and now they will lock up the other two.
    Hope Collie shows he is healthy. He would be a good pu and if they were smart they should sign Edwards too. One or both would surely help this team.
    GO JETS!!!!

  3. By Jet fan Frank 1864 on Jul 22, 2013 | Reply

    Glad to see Geno Smith signed…

  4. By Tom "Section 124 Row 20" Spicer on Jul 22, 2013 | Reply

    I agree 100% IRA the Jets biggest weaknesses are the QB spot (hopefully either Sanchez has a career year or Geno Smith becomes the franchise QB we have all been waiting for) & the skill postion players we need to bring in more pass catchers. Holmes might not even be ready for the opener & even with him I still think we need another proven pass catcher!

  5. By ronaldT on Jul 22, 2013 | Reply

    If only they WERE smart. Consider last year as an example. Smart was not how you would describe their use of players.

  6. By russ on Jul 22, 2013 | Reply

    with a new OL it would be dangerous to put new QB in as starter ..better to establish a ball control offense and short passing game. For a new qb to emulate and hopeflly improve….

  7. By IRA on Jul 23, 2013 | Reply

    I was hoping to see Holmes by week 4 now all bets are off. Will see how it goes but if he can’t run with full weight bearing now then he has a way to go before he is ready. Hope for the best but its clear they need to sign a couple of WR’s.
    The QB spot is not their biggest weakness its at the WR and 1 safety spot for now. I do feel Bush will surprise people and step in to that spot and play well.

  8. By SCfromNY on Jul 23, 2013 | Reply

    It will be very hard to determine QB skill if the Jets do not sign some experienced WRs even if just for a short time. With pass catchers the Pats are in the same position as the Jets. Let’s hope for some smart signings and luck.

  9. By Frank on Jul 23, 2013 | Reply

    This team has more holes than a loaf of swiss cheese. The offense is yet again an absolute disaster with or without Marty. Seven new starters on D Rex/Idzik moving players around…playing out of their normal position or scheme. Every player they signed has health/character issues. This is more of the same a rudderless ship and a captain who doesn’t have a clue what he is doing. I said 4-12 and I think it could be worse.

  10. By Jet fan Frank 1864 on Jul 23, 2013 | Reply

    Mean Joe Green, truly a superstar. The Jets have several weaknesses due to unproven WR’s. However, the QB position is the one I most fear coming into a new season. Sanchez is talking a good game, but from what I can see he is still the same old MS and all the talking in the world will not help if he can not back it up on the field…

  11. By ronbo on Jul 23, 2013 | Reply

    FRANK, well said bro, a rudderless ship is spot on.As Rex continues to stick his head in the sand like an ostrich, he also does a great Nero impersonation as he watches while Rome,or in this case the Jets crash and burn.We see how well that worked out last year as he stood by and watched Sparano demonstrate week after week he had no clue what he was doing.I’m reading guys here like Ira and Spicer arguing who is the weak link as far as the players are concerned.Hey, at this point there are NO NFL caliber WR’s or QB’s on this roster.Now Geno may turn out to be one but at this point that is yet to be determined. I just dont get how any head coach can sit by and allow another coach to determine his fate like Rex is apparently doing with MM?

  12. By Mike Jet Vet on Jul 23, 2013 | Reply

    Forget Holmes, this lingering injury is one of the worst kind for a receiver, he heals somewhat then BAM it starts all over again, Problem his contract thanks Mike -T, lets not forget he gave up on the team just as this Injury began, time to cut bait and develop some of the young guys, I’ve been saying for months get Edwards in Camp At this point I’d settle for T.O I know some of you will hem and haw but consider this at his lowest he still can outclass just about any receiver on this team.what do we lose Minimum one year deal for one of the best receivers in the league back in the day. I’m willing to bet Edwards and T. O on experience alone means 3 games for us. Just like B-F

  13. By ronbo on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    MJV, I think your Holmes assessment is spot on. Like you I will be surprised to see him anytime before the 6th and final game he would be eligable to return from. On my way to work today i was listening to Joe Benigno and his partner Evan discussing Holmes and they basically said the same thing. Actually the also brought up what is no a comical memory regarding the actual play when Holmes was injured.They basically accused him of saying Holmes passed the ball off as he fell to the ground and said on his way down”hey I dont need this ball-you take it! It was all for laughs but that play plus the “butt-fumble” will be hard for us to ever forget!

  14. By monster mike on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    holmes is owed big money next year since they re-did his contract. he will be cut before next season starts so he is not going to play until he is 100% healed so he can show other teams he is in a healthy state. he is all about the money, and he has quit before. he is the last person you want mentoring your wideouts. thank god braylon is back. I hope he likes geno better than the snotty sanchez. winslow blows a knee week 3 and the rugby boy then can shine. demario makes us forget about bart. remember when vilma went down and harris was having 20 tackle games and we shipped vilma away? what ever happened to harris? must be the “MONEY” greed is what these boys are about. revis was the biggest money pig………

  15. By Jet fan Frank 1864 on Jul 25, 2013 | Reply

    Edwards will can be a play maker, glad he is back. With Holmes on the PUP list we needed Edwards. I feel a couple of young players are also going to step up as WR’s. Although everyone is in camp now, the training starts tomorrow, should be real interesting. IVORY will add to the running game, and now we have a play maker in Edwards “if” the front 4 can block. All this hype about MS starting, who I feel is on shaky grounds and will not get through the pre-season as the starter… LETS GO JETS….

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