Steelers hire Richard Mann as their new receivers coach

AP

Reports out of Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon had coach Mike Tomlin interviewing longtime NFL assistant Richard Mann for the team’s vacancy at wide receivers coach.

Either Tomlin knew Mann was his guy before the conversation or Mann knocked the ball out of the park during the talk because the Steelers just announced Mann’s hiring for that job. Scottie Montgomery, their previous receivers coach, left the team last week to become the offensive coordinator at Duke.

Tomlin and Mann were on the same staff in Tampa from 2002 to 2005 and Mann served as the Bucs’ wide receivers coach from 2002-2009. He was also the team’s assistant head coach in 2009, but left the team after that season and has not coached in the NFL since then. Mann, who is 65, also coached the wideouts for five other NFL teams between 1982 and 2000, including a lengthy stint in Cleveland in the late 80’s and early 90’s.

The makeup of the Steelers receiving corps is up in the air with Mike Wallace heading for free agency. Mann will have Antonio Brown leading the crew regardless of where Wallace ends up, which isn’t a bad place to start building a depth chart.

9 responses to “Steelers hire Richard Mann as their new receivers coach

  1. A 65-year-old who hasn’t coached anywhere in the NFL since 2009? Wow!!! Obviously Tomlin put a lot thought into this hire.
    Was Raymond Berry unavailable?

  2. Since Tomlin worked with Mann in Tampa for four seasons, he probably didn’t have to stew for days to know what kind of coach the guy is. And since Dick LeBeau is 75, the Steelers don’t assume older coaches have nothing to offer.

    But then I don’t scrutinize every Tomlin decision for evidence that he’s incompetent and should be fired. Since the receivers didn’t perform up to par last season, it’s good we’ve made a change. If Mann works well with Haley and can bring discipline to the receiving corps, it’s a good hire.

  3. Can we get a position coach who ACTUALLY playd the position in the NFL? Not Division V..Not JrCo..Not Pop Warner..Holly crap! what is a 65 year old gona teach todays WR?

  4. With age comes wisdom. Also, I think it helps at times to be away from the game because you don’t have tunnel vision from being with one team. He’s been able to scout other teams and players for the positives and negatives.

    Dick Vermeil was away from football for awhile and led a bad Rams team to the Superbowl.

    Time will tell.

  5. ravenator/ Mann once coached the Ravens wide receivers, so he must be a great coach, if he worked for your mighty Ravens, right ravenator, plus most coaches are out of work, before they are hired. i.e. Jim Caldwell, who you ravenator are in love with and all over his man parts.

  6. Comparing Richard Mann to either Dick Vermeil or Dick LeBeau is only a little pathetic.
    Dick LeBeau is a coaching legend who has been in the league only about 50 consecutive seasons without interruption. His defenses have been ranked No. 1 five times since 2004.
    Richard Mann: Not so much.
    Other than that, comparing Mann to LeBeau makes perfect sense…

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