Would-be Steelers coach ready to take on old team

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Ken Whisenhunt seemed to be a logical successor to Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh when the job came open two years ago. If not him, then certainly Russ Grimm.

Both Steelers assistants were passed over in favor of outsider Mike Tomlin, and Whisenhunt came to Arizona, bringing Grimm with him as associate head coach and offensive line coach.

Now Whisenhunt's upstart Cardinals are facing the Steelers in the Super Bowl.

After Arizona beat Philadelphia 32-25 for the NFC championship on Sunday, Whisenhunt was rooting for Pittsburgh to beat Baltimore for the AFC crown.

The Arizona-Pittsburgh coaching connection will be a Super Bowl subplot for the next two weeks leading up to the Feb. 1 game in Tampa.

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