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It was announced this morning that Scottie Montgomery, the Steelers wide receivers coach, would be leaving the team to become the offensive coordinator at Duke. Montgomery coached wide receivers for four years at Duke, his alma mater, before taking the same position with the Steelers in 2010. Montgomery has helped mold Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. That is saying a lot as all three have played well in the NFL and all three were taken in the third round (Sanders and Wallace) or later (Brown was a sixth round pick).
As soon as it became known that the wide receivers coach position was open the initial thought that many Steelers fans had was: Hines Ward. Ward worked some with the Georgia Bulldogs last year after retiring from the NFL and many believe that he could be a good NFL coach including myself. However, he has only been out of the league for one year and he has a very good job with NBC Sports.
Ward’s current job is to talk, usually very little, about NFL games airing on NBC. For that gig he is most likely compensated very well and he only has to work a few days of the week. That’s a job anyone would want. So why would Ward give that up to spend countless hours in the film room and working with players for a salary that is equal or less than what he is making now? The answer is that he probably wouldn’t do that; unless of course he really wants to coach in the NFL.
During his career Ward broke all notable receiving records in Pittsburgh and was a great leader. Along with Montgomery Ward should also be acknowledged for the success of Santonio Holmes, Wallace, Browns, and Sanders who were all mentored by Ward during his playing career. His leadership and ability to help teach these young receivers is a good indication that he would make a fine NFL coach, but his willingness to coach is the only question.
Ward finished his 14 year career, all with the Steelers, with 1,000 receptions, 12,083 yards and 85 touchdowns all Steelers records. He also won two Super Bowls and was named most valuable player for Super Bowl XL. If Ward was interested in the job I’m sure the Steelers would consider him, but it doesn’t seem likely that Ward will want to get into coaching quite yet if at all.
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It was reported early on Friday that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver coach Scottie Montgomery has decided to return to Duke University to become their new offensive coordinator and immediately a good portion of the black and gold fanbase started suggesting that former wide receiver Hines Ward should be hired to replace him.
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