Adrian Klemm left the Pittsburgh Steelers before the end of his first season as offensive line coach for a position at Oregon. But now about 13 months later, he’s closing in on a return to the NFL.
While making a guest appearance on NBC Sports Boston’s “Sports Sunday” on January 22, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported Klemm, along with Bill O’Brien, could be joining the New England Patriots coaching staff.
“It feels at least like Bill O’Brien is going to be the offensive coordinator, and the other four guys could wind up on staff in some capacity,” Breer said on January 22. “Adrian Klemm potentially as a run game coordinator/offensive line coach.
“Now, he’s not gonna come cheap. He’s making almost $1 million at Oregon right now.”
— NBC Sports Boston’s Patriots Coverage (@NBCSPatriots) January 23, 2023
ESPN’s Mike Reiss, along with multiple other sources, reported on January 24 that the Patriots agreed to a contract with O’Brien to be New England’s next offensive coordinator.
With that becoming a reality, Breer’s prediction of Klemm also joining the Patriots appears to be one step closer.
Klemm Abruptly Departed from the Steelers
Klemm won three Super Bowls as a depth offensive lineman while playing for Bill Belichick and the Patriots from 2000-04. Now with 12 seasons of coaching experience as well, he seems to be a natural fit to be New England’s offensive line coach or running game coordinator.
But it was the Steelers who gave Klemm his first opportunity at coaching in the NFL. Klemm, though, left the organization for a similar college role after Week 16 of the 2021 season.
Prior to joining the Steelers, he started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at SMU. He spent four seasons with the Mustangs, eventually rising to offensive line coach.
Klemm made a lateral move into the same role at UCLA in 2012. He was also the running game coordinator. In 2014, he assumed associate head coaching duties as well.
In 2019, Klemm joined the Steelers coaching staff as an assistant offensive line coach. The Steelers promoted him to offensive line coach in 2021, where he remained for less than a season before becoming …read more