Steelers Wide Receivers Coach Scottie Montgomery Leaves For Duke Offensive Coordinator Job

The Pittsburgh Steelers will have yet another new assistant coach on their staff in 2013 as it was reported Friday morning by Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that wide receiver coach Scottie Montgomery is taking the offensive coordinator at Duke University, his Alma mater.

Montgomery, who coached the wide receivers at Duke from 2006-09, had been on the Steelers staff for the last three seasons. He also is a former NFL wide receiver himself as he played with the Denver Broncos from 2000-02 after originally signing with the Carolina Panthers as a rookie free agent in 2000.

Tomlin has been forced to hire two coaches so far this offseason after offensive line coach Sean Kugler left to become the head coach at his Alma mater UTEP and special teams coach Amos Jones left to become the new special teams coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Jack Bicknell Jr. has since been named the new offensive line coach and Danny Smith has been named the new special teams coach.

In addition to having to look for a new wide receivers coach, it is believed that the Steelers will also be hiring a special teams assistant coach in addition.

  • steeltown

    I dont have a problem with this.. in the end, the WR’s underachieved last season. New Offense or not, Wallace, Brown, Sanders, Cotchery, Burress etc thats a damn good WR core..they were not disciplined

  • zyzak

    Tomlin not happy with WRs at all. Why would he leave Steelers for a job at Duke?
    Forced out

  • WilliamSekinger

    Ward was basically the on-the-field WRs coach the last several years anyway. Last year showed just how much his leadership meant to that group. I can’t say Montgomery was a bad coach, because I don’t believe he was, but it was time for a change.

  • mags

    hire ward!

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    Not happening…but I like your thinking

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Personally, I think this is a positive. Tomlin doesn’t fire him and yet we get to replace him.

  • Yes, exactly!

  • steeltown

    When its all said and done the main core of Coaches is intact – Tomlin, Lebeau, Butler, Haley, Fichtner… the rest Amos, Montgomery, Kugler etc. can be replaced and shouldve been replaced regardless. These new faces, these changes, should just bring new perspective and hopefully extra drive and attention to detail to their respective positions

  • yhet

    Tomlin definitely wanted to keep Scottie. At the end of the day money talks and being closer to his family is reported to be a big bonus.

  • Ike Evans

    orrrrr because thats his alma mater lol

  • dgh57

    Why not it worked with the DBs and Carnel Lake!

  • zyzak

    So you know this to be true?

  • zyzak

    All of these alma mater jobs hmmmm

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Right on. Though someone culd say thats all Burress has left, definately multiple underachievers in that group, & underachieving means its not a big loss & time to try someone else.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Ward wuld be a great teacher as a wr coach. But no ex-players or coaches on TV take a pay cut to coach, unless they bomb out on TV then a guy have no choice. So far Ward has dissappointed on TV, he has just read very generic statements written by other people & sounded bad at it, instead of providing any insight. Radio stations had fun playing clips of Ward doing that on TV. Only if Ward doesnt improve on TV, wuld he then have to coach.  But TV networks give any jock or coach years regardless to see if they improve, so we wuld have to wait that long.

  • steeltown

    Leave the Steelers as a WR’s Coach to become an OC, at his alma mater, sounds like he’s making the right move. Thats how you move up the coaching rankings. If he does well as an OC there for a few yrs he’ll get offered an OC job in the pros before long. He was never in line to become OC of the Steelers, he was behind Kirby Wilson, Randy Fichtner etc.

  • Kusko_Ken

    To be honest i was surprised Arians didn’t hire him as an OC.

  • Mike Carroll

    I agree. I actually think something similar occurred with Kugler going to his alma mater. I think in both cases the team is actually glad to see them leave. How much they forced them out may be debatable. But, it’s no coincidence that offensive line and wide receivers were two areas where the team really struggled this past season.

  • zyzak

    Hines Ward is a big TV star. He has made his name a brand name. He ain’t coaching ever

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    It’s not happening because Ward is upset about how his career ended and is currently doing tv.

  • Ahmad

    Bring back Hines Ward as WR’s coach!

  • charles

    Good riddance! In every case the 12th man is the coach. From Vince Lombardi to Bear Bryant and a modern version is what Jim Harbaugh did with the same players at SF. The recievers made many unforced errors. The two coaches hired so far seem to be very intrigueing possibilities, Let’s see what Colbert, Tomlin, and Khan artist can come up with here.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    I agree Ward was upset. His bad feelings about cutting him when he felt he culd still help Steelers, might make him pick a different team if he in future coaches in NFL.

  • Garrett Hunt

    You are ignorant. Sorry, the truth hurts.