On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Jan. 27, 2018 12:30 PM MST Senior Bowl Senior Bowl, Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama.
  • Tue., Feb. 27, 2018 12:00 AM MST NFL Scouting Combine begins Feb. 27-March 5: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Mon., Mar. 12, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Clubs may negotiate with unrestricted free agents March 12-14: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2017 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 14.
  • Wed., Mar. 14, 2018 2:00 PM MDT 2018 league year and free agency period begin

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2018 on all players who have option clauses in their 2017 contracts.

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.

    Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2017 contracts who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit.

    Top 51 begins. All clubs must be under the 2018 salary cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    All 2017 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The 2018 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The first day of the 2018 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

    The first day of the 2018 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 14.

    Trading period for 2018 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2017 contracts.

  • Sun., Mar. 25, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Annual League Meetings begin March 25-28: Annual League Meetings, Orlando, Florida.
  • Mon., Apr. 16, 2018 12:00 AM MDT Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs April 16: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.
  • Thu., Apr. 26, 2018 6:00 PM MDT 2018 NFL Draft begins April 26-28: 2018 NFL Draft, AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX.
Print
RSS

Fox Shares Thoughts on Noll

Posted Jun 16, 2014

Head Coach John Fox shared his thoughts on the man who gave him his first NFL job, the late Chuck Noll.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Friday evening, long-time Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll passed away at the age of 82.

“The guy’s in the Hall of Fame. His accomplishments were outstanding," Head Coach John Fox said. "I know what he meant to the city of Pittsburgh and I know what he meant to the Pittsburgh Steelers organization. And I know what he means to the Fox family as well. That was my first opportunity in pro football and I can’t think of a better guy to start your career with. He had such a big influence."

Fox's first stint in the NFL came courtesy of Noll, who hired him as the Steelers' secondary coach in 1989.

"I had to get directions to Three Rivers Stadium," Fox said of interviewing with Noll. "I’d been out to Latrobe to watch their camp, but never been to their stadium. But it was a great time. I actually had two interviews with him and just a tremendous experience.”

"I've got to admit, I was nervous," he laughed.

Needless to say, Fox got the job and spent the next three seasons in Pittsburgh, leaving for the San Diego Chargers when Noll retired at the end of the 1991 campaign.

Fox credited Noll as a big influence in his life, and he provided a number of traits Fox took with him throughout his coaching career.

"Probably his even-keel approach and his technique orientations and his teaching ability," Fox said. “The guy was constantly trying to acquire knowledge, it didn’t matter what realm it was. He was a tremendous teacher and he did, like I said, acquire knowledge all the time. He’d coach anybody at any time."

"He’ll be missed by not just the Pittsburgh Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh but the whole National Football League.”