Hines Ward The Next Steelers Wide Receivers Coach? – Nope, Not Happening

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.

Yeah, that\’s not going to happen.

Former NFL players usually cut their coaching teeth at the collegiate level or as coaching interns with NFL teams first. Sure, there are exceptions to that every now and again, but even Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake did both. Lake was a training camp intern with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009 and then spent one season at UCLA, his alma mater, coaching the defensive backs before getting his current job with the Steelers.

Ward spent a day last March at spring practice with the University of Georgia, his alma mater, to decide if college coaching is a career that he wanted to pursue. During that visit Ward gave the school an interview and was asked about the possibility of him becoming a coach there in the future.

“One day,” Ward said. “No time soon, but one day. Coaching is easy for me. For me, I think I have a lot to give back to my alma mater and I want to see the Georgia Bulldogs win a national championship. So any experience or knowledge I can give to the football team to help them to get to that goal, so be it.”

“Who knows,” Ward added. “I always said that if I ever wanted to coach this would probably be the first place I would like to do that.”

Before Ward dedicates himself to coaching he will need to get his pursuit of acting and his media endeavors out of the way first. Last season he was an analyst for NBC and will be a zombie extra this coming Sunday night on the season premier of the television show “The Walking Dead.”

Right now coaching is likely the furthest thing from Ward\’s mind. The Steelers all-time leader in receiving touchdowns, receptions, and receiving yards has been out of football all of one season now and will only turn 37 years of age in March. I would expect him to begin his coaching career at Georgia whenever the time is right for him and it doesn\’t look like that will happen this year.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    dang :'(

  • Maurice_hill_district

    He plays a zombie also on TV as an NFL game reporter. But TV networks will give him more time & hopefully he’ll improve at that.
    Too bad he will coach at Georgia in the future instead of Steelers.

  • LucasY59

    yeah, We all know its not going to happen, but who else is a possible candidate?

    hopefully it is someone like Ward who will keep his WR’s accountable (Fumbles and Drops = Bench, I’m still not sure why Tomlin did it with RB’s but not with the Wr’s?) also needs to emphasize physicallity and fighting for the ball (especially if its going to be a mainly short pass offense) Blocking needs to improve as well.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    All that so true. Puzzling why Tomlin didnt punish receivers or other positions like he fid to running backs.

  • dgh57

    Miss ya Hines!! Miss your famous blocks you laid on some DBs!!! Bet they don’t
    miss ya!! ha ha

  • SteelerDave

    We will always love you Hines. Miss your smile.

  • Mike Carroll

    I saw a fan post Mike Miller as a possibility. He was the wide receivers coach for Arizona when Haley was OC for them. Miller became Arizona’s OC the last two years, but I believe he is available now. Also, Miller is from Pittsburgh and was an offensive assistant with the Steelers back in 1999-2003.