Oregon targeting Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach for same position, per report
Dan Lanning reportedly has his sights set on the NFL to fill a few of his open assistant positions.
In addition to targeting Jaguars d-line coach Tosh Lupoi, Lanning is also said to be high on Pittsburgh Steelers o-line coach Adrian Klemm, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.
Sources: #Oregon is targeting #Steelers offensive line coach Adrian Klemm for the same role under new coach Dan Lanning. The Steelers still have at least 3 games left, so no deal is set yet. Klemm has been with Steelers since 2019. He last coached in college with #UCLA in 2016.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) December 22, 2021
Klemm began as an assistant line coach with the Steelers in 2019. He was promoted to the primary job ahead of this season.
The Steelers line ranks 12th among NFL clubs in adjusted sack rate, a FootballOutsiders metric. With Klemm’s help, the Steelers have been fairly effective at protecting the quarterback; they ranked 12th in 2019 in the same metric and led the league in 2020, with an adjusted sack rate of just 2.7%, 1.5 percentage points better than the second-place Rams. Run blocking has been an issue in Pittsburgh, though. The Steelers rank 26th in power success rate (short-yardage runs), tied with the Chicago Bears, and 31st in adjusted line yards (an attempt to divvy up credit for rushing yardage between a line and a back).
Prior to his stint with the Steelers, Klemm was the run game coordinator and line coach at UCLA from 2012-16 and the line coach at SMU from 2009-11. He took two years off in 2017 and 2018.