Jack Bicknell Jr. helped protect Doug Flutie as a center in college and constructed offensive lines that kept Matt Ryan upright at Boston College and the Kansas City Chiefs into one of the better running attacks in the NFL last year despite a 2-14 record.

Now, Bicknell will have the task of doing the same with Ben Roethlisberger and the underachieving Steelers' run game.

The Steelers hired Bicknell, 49, as their offensive line coach, replacing Sean Kugler, who took the head coaching job at his alma mater UTEP at the end of the season.

"The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the greatest franchises in the NFL," Bicknell said in a statement released by the Steelers. "The Steelers have great tradition, great ownership and great leadership from the top to the bottom. For me to be able to come to a situation like this, it is really a dream come true."

Bicknell has coached in the NFL for four years — three as an assistant offensive line coach for the New York Giants and last year for Kansas City, where he helped the Chiefs average 150 yards rushing per game and running back Jamaal Charles to rush for more than 1,500 yards.