Mike Tomlin Calls New Steelers WR Coach Richard Mann A Good Communicator

It has been a few weeks now since the Pittsburgh Steelers hired Richard Mann to be their new wide receivers coach to replace Scottie Montgomery, who left to return to Duke.

Bob Labriola of steelers.com recently talked to head coach Mike Tomlin on their way back from the NFL combine and he asked him what he liked about Mann.

“He’s just a football purist,” said Tomlin. “He’s a good communicator. He says what he means in very concise sentences. He’s got a great deal of experiences and has worked with a great variety of guys. He knows everything about playing the position at this level.”

Mann comes to the Steelers with 28 years of NFL coaching experience and most recently was the wide receivers coach with the Tampa Buccaneers from 2002-09. Tomlin worked with Mann in Tampa from 2002-05, so the two were definitely familiar with one another prior to his hiring.

Many thought that Montgomery was forced out of Pittsburgh, but a report last week indicated that Duke gave Montgomery a $500,000 raise to return to his alma mater.

Mann will inherit a group of receivers that underachieved in 2012. That group will also be minus Mike Wallace, who is expected to leave in a matter of weeks when the free agency signing period begins.

The 65 year old Mann will be quite a change for Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders as Montgomery was much closer to their age. There also figures to be an even younger receiver in the fold next year as the Steelers are expected to address the position at some point during the upcoming draft. Knowing that Mann is perceived as a good communicator certainly can\’t hurt, nor can his knowledge of the game.

  • TJimmy

    We want to know because then maybe the recievers will catch the ball and if they catch the ball then they will get more yards and if they get more yards then they will get more touchdowns and if they get more touchdowns then they will win more games and if they win more games then they might get to have a silver ball that says Lombardi, but first we need to know what Tomlin said

  • steeltown

    I like this move

    A to the point, no nonsense, football purist is EXACTLY what this Team needs. Especially considering the age of the Offensive players.

    Whats left of the young money crew is about to get some old school coaching

  • James Brown

    Maybe he can communicate to an unnamed WR, when returning a fumbled punt in the end zone and surrounded by 4 opponents to KICK THE BALL OUT OF BOUNDS.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Why was he unemployed for the past 3 years?

    Im not sayin theres a negativ answer, Just sayin its a fair question.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Hoping so too but I havnt heard or read any basis to assume it, til Tomlin says so. No idea if last year’s WR coach had any authority.