Steelers lose assistant coach to noted football factory

AP

The Steelers have another staff opening, after one of their assistants decided to go back to school.

Wide receivers coach Scottie Montgomery left to return to Duke, where he’ll be offensive coordinator, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Montgomery spent the last three years coaching wideouts, after holding the same job at Duke for four years. He played at Duke as well, where he was a two-time team MVP, and now returns as coordinator under coach David Cutcliffe.

26 responses to “Steelers lose assistant coach to noted football factory

  1. Solid coach, but a good move for him to go back to school and become Duke’s OC.

    Steelers will need to grab a WR Coach that can get the young receivers to be accountable and in control of themselves.

  2. Why would he leave such an outstanding organization? I guess Dukes future looks more promising than the steelers. I understand becoming OC is a promotion, but Dukes football program is irrelevant. I guess he’s just happy to get away from that mediocre WR corps.

  3. This team is so pathetic that the coaches are even bailing to coach a school that was only ever invited to one bowl game. I guess he just got sick of working with horrible recievers. I seriously never seen a fan base get so excited to sign a 35 year old reciever no other team in the league wanted.

  4. Good for Scottie.

    Given the blah performance of the Steelers this year, (and the disgruntled fanbase that goes with it) maybe he just needed a fresh start. This opportunity to return to the place where he was a football hero and be the OC has great appeal. Good move.

  5. Snark much? Sheesh. OC > WR coach. It’s a simple equation. Obviously the institution matters but if he does well as Duke’s offensive coordinator, it’s not crazy to think he’ll get more opportunities than if he succeeded as Pittsburgh’s WR coach, where any credit for success will be difficult to come by.

  6. Future hall of famer Andre Reed was mad he didnt get a call for the Bills WR coaching position. Maybe they could call him. He even went to college in Kutztown, PA.

  7. what’s so hard to understand about wanting to work for a very respected coach (Cutcliffe, Peyton Manning’s long-time mentor at UT) in a gorgeous part of the country (NC > PA) for his alma mater, working with smart college kids (Duke has high academic standards) instead of spoiled millionaire athletes?

  8. Paging Hines Ward . Please come back to the Steelers as the WR coach . The recievers respect you and you know the Steelers way . Perfect time and oppertunity

  9. halusbr33 says:

    Steelers will need to grab a WR Coach that can get the young receivers to be accountable and in control of themselves.”

    Actually this is one area where Todd Haley excels at, he is really good with receivers (Boldin, Breaston, Bowe) all shaped up very nicely under his tutelage. I’d mention Fitzgerald, but i don’t think that dude needs much coaching!

  10. rottenbellybutton says: Feb 8, 2013 10:08 AM

    Why would he leave such an outstanding organization? I guess Dukes future looks more promising than the steelers. I understand becoming OC is a promotion, but Dukes football program is irrelevant. I guess he’s just happy to get away from that mediocre WR corps.

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    Your kidding? Becoming an OC over a position coach is a promotion, and he is going to his alma mater, which makes more sense.

    Not that I am Duke fan, but they are in a good spot as the ACC is on a downswing and they can capitalize on that.

    Steeler WR’s are not mediocre, several teams will be clamoring for Mike Wallace, while Antonio Brown is on the rise (just needs to focus), as his skill set is great.

  11. halusbr33, like you said several tams will be clamoring for wallace he will not be with pittsburgh. That leaves the small shimp brown as the number 1, he is not number 1 WR materal this WR squad is mediocre at best. Not one of them had 1000 yds last year which has become an easy achivement for a solid WR.

  12. It’s an upgrade, plain and simple.

    Rabid fans will criticize anything other than blind devotion, and the haters will hate.

    Bad, but true news: The OC job at Duke is better than a WR Assistant job with Pittsburgh. Deal with it.

  13. Duke? A football factory? Basketball factory, yes. Football factory? I don’t think so. That is, unless Duke makes footballs.

  14. stoogy says: Feb 8, 2013 11:09 AM

    halusbr33, like you said several tams will be clamoring for wallace he will not be with pittsburgh. That leaves the small shimp brown as the number 1, he is not number 1 WR materal this WR squad is mediocre at best. Not one of them had 1000 yds last year which has become an easy achivement for a solid WR.

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    Exactly. I realize Wallace won’t be on the roster next year, and I am fine with that, His ceiling has been reached.

    So Brown is a shrimp? He’s roughly the same size as Torrey Smith, so is he a shrimp too? Shrimp can be spicey with some old bay, and that is how both play…both are solid.

    Receivers can be had in the draft, et cetera. The receivers are the least of my concerns.

  15. MTLighthouse69 says: Feb 8, 2013 11:25 AM

    Duke? A football factory? Basketball factory, yes. Football factory? I don’t think so. That is, unless Duke makes footballs.
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    Well if Montgomery has designs on elevating himself up the coaching ranks, one must take on different roles, not just stick to being a position coach. And again, this is his school.

    (Not a Duke fan), but it would be an ideal move with the ACC being down, Duke is far more competitive than they were just a few years ago.

  16. I haven’t been particularly happy with the performance of our wideouts the last three years, so this will probably work out for the best … depending on how well we choose his replacement.

  17. This is great news for Pittsburgh. He might be an ok coach, but the WR’s underachieved more than any position on the team last year after having some pretty lofty expectations.

  18. The report comment is too close to the thumbs up and thumbs down. Way to easy to accidentally hit it. Can it be moved ?

  19. swagger52 says: Feb 8, 2013 11:19 AM

    Steelers coach leaving to coach WR at Duke…My how far the Steelers have fallen.
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    No, he’s leaving the Steelers’ WR coach position to be OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR at Duke. Let me guess, a Ray Lewis apologist; if so, I’m not surprised that reading comprehension is not your long suit.

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