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Cardinals hire Amos Jones as special teams coach


Bruce Arians spent 2012 as the offensive coordinator and, for 12 games, interim head coach for the Colts, but he was with the Steelers for several years before heading to Indianapolis.

Arians has now moved on to become the head coach of the Cardinals and he reached back to his Pittsburgh connections to find a special teams coach. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Tuscaloosa News both report that Amos Jones is headed to Arizona to join Arians’ staff. The Cardinals are expected to formally announce Jones’ hiring this week.

Jones stepped into the special teams coach role for the Steelers last season after they fired Al Everest in late August. He was an assistant special teams coach for the team since joining the staff in 2007 and has a lengthy resume including several stops in college and a one-year stint in the CFL. One of those college stops was Alabama, Jones’ alma mater, where he was on the same staff with Arians.

The Steelers have also lost offensive line coach Sean Kugler from their 2012 staff. Kugler will be the new coach at UTEP.