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COACH NOLL PROMOTES ASSISTANT COACHES

Chuck Noll is known for avoiding the limelight. His only interest is winning football games. His humility puts his assistant coaches in the shadow and Noll is one of the few successful head coaches who has never seen his assistants move up to a top job.

After winning three Lombardi trophies, Noll decided to reward his coaching staff. He promoted George Perles (picture left) from defensive coordinator to assistant head coach. He became the first assistant head coach in Steelers history and Noll confirmed Perles would be involved with the offense and special teams and help with administrative work.

Woody Widenhofer was moved from linebacker and secondary coach into the vacant defensive coordinator position. Dick Walker, who was a defensive assistant in his first season last year became the secondary coach.

The day-to-day duties of the three coaches wasn’t expected to change much. Noll’s intention was to recognise their contribution to the team’s success.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggested there was a perception around the league that Noll does more actual coaching than most head coaches do. He handles jobs that some teams have assistants to oversee – offensive coordinator, quarterback coach and special team’s coach. Noll’s other three coaches are backfield coach Dick Hoak, line coach Rollie Dotsch and receivers coach Tom Moore.

Perles doesn’t agree with that concept and acknowledges Noll delegates a lot of responsibility.

COWBOYS BEAT STEELERS

To enable NBC to have some sports to show on a Sunday afternoon after the end of the football season, they held a “Super Teams” event in Hawaii. The Steelers and the Cowboys competed to face the winner of the Yankees and Dodgers in a “final.”

The Steelers lost 5-2, only winning the tandem bike race and volleyball. The teams showed enough competitive spirit that when Tony Dorsett beat Lynn Swann in the obstacle race, the Cowboys bench reacted as though they had won the Super Bowl.

STEELERS INCREASE TICKET PRICES

The Steelers increased their ticket price from $9.15 to $11 although the organisation only received $9.77 because the city collects 98 cents in amusement tax and 25 cents as a stadium charge. After going in the red for the 1977 season, the Steelers returned to the black after a successful 1978.

OAKLAND HAVE A NEW COACH

Tom Flores was named the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders to replace John Madden who retired because he was suffering from an ulcer. “I’ll do everything to continue the championship quality of the Oakland Raiders,” said Flores.

CUNNINGHAM UNDERGOES SURGERY

Steelers tight end Bennie Cunningham, who suffered a knee injury in October, underwent surgery for cartilage damage at the Divine Providence Hospital.

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