Steelers Coaching Staff Expected To Remain Intact For 2017

With one week to go before the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine gets underway in Indianapolis it appears as though there won’t be any changes on the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff this offseason.

During his Tuesday online chat, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was asked if it’s safe to assume that no coaching changes will occur this offseason and he said that it was in his opinion.

At the beginning of the month, Steelers team president Art Rooney II was asked during an interview on DVE Radio about the state of the team’s coaching staff moving forward into the offseason and all he would say is that evaluations were about to take place and that a few contract negotiations had to be taken care of.

“Yeah, a couple weeks after the season, Mike [Tomlin], first he meets with all of the players and kind of has an exit interview with all of them and has a similar kind of conversation with the coaches and so he’s going through that process,” Rooney said. “We do have contract situations with coaches that we’ve got to work through, so it’s a process that is happening as we speak.”

That interview with Rooney took place three weeks ago today so one could easily surmise that all of the evaluations and contract issues have been addressed by now.

Entering the 2016 season there was some concern that wide receivers coach Richard Mann might decide to retire at the conclusion of the season due to health-related reasons but as we sit here in late February, one can easily speculate that he’ll return for at least one more season.

Additionally, while several fans of the Steelers were hoping that special teams coordinator Danny Smith wouldn’t be retained during the offseason, it appears now that he’ll be back for a fifth season.

During the upcoming combine Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert will address the media as he does every year and one can only hope he’ll be asked to confirm that there will be no changes on the coaching staff this offseason.

Steelers Coaching Staff And Year Hired

Mike Tomlin – Head Coach – (2007)
Todd Haley – Offensive Coordinator (2012)
Keith Butler – Defensive Coordinator (2003)
Danny Smith – Special Teams Coordinator (2013)
John Mitchell – Defensive Line Coach (1994)
James Daniel – Tight Ends Coach (2004)
Randy Fichtner – Quarterbacks Coach (2007)
Carnell Lake – Defensive Backs Coach (2011)
Richard Mann – Wide Receivers Coach (2013)
Mike Munchak – Offensive Line Coach (2014)
Jerry Olsavsky – Inside Linebackers Coach (2010)
Joey Porter – Outside Linebackers Coach (2014)
James Saxon – Running Backs Coach (2014)
Shaun Sarrett – Offensive Assistant (2012)
Terry Cousin – Player Engagement Coordinator (2015)
Garrett Giemont – Conditioning Coordinator (2007)

  • T3xassteelers

    Does this also mean nobodys expecting anyone to retire too? Such as Mann?

  • Sam Clonch

    Read the article.

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  • John Westbrook

    The same offensive plays again. So predictable.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    One of the best things about the Rooneys… They are very conservative about coaching changes.

    One of the worst things about the Rooneys… They are very conservative about coaching changes.

  • T3xassteelers

    I did. Didn’t say anything certain about him, all speculative.

  • Sam Clonch

    It doesn’t say for certain that Tomlin isn’t getting fired or that Rex Ryan isn’t taking over as DC either. I speculate that won’t happen though.

  • Alex Kozora

    If Mann was planning to retire, it’s likely he would’ve done so by now, so the team could have a replacement before the Combine/free agency.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Special teams needs an adjustment IMO.


    I was one thinking that Danny Smith might be on thin ice…wrong.

    I see they resigned Steve Johnson, but there won’t be that much turnover on ST personnel. Can they truly expect better results? Is this the definition of insanity?

  • JB Burgess

    Fire Butler and Lake, promote Terry Cousins and Jerry Olsavsky

  • VaDave

    “He’s not my Special Teams Coach” LOL!!

  • VaDave

    You can say that again…

  • T3xassteelers

    True! I don’t know the ethics and what not about that. I do know that players don’t care about that as much lol

  • T3xassteelers

    Once again, I don’t know the common practices with that type of stuff. Didnt know if coaches typically did it early on or if it were just random

  • Jaybird

    I would actually attend that rally !

  • Gizmosteel

    1 and 2 – yes. 3 and 4 – no. We need to get away from the familiar and pick an innovator.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Noooooo! Another year of Danny Smith, and poor return blocking. SMH

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i dont see a few of these returning.
    john mitchell 65
    james daniel 64
    richard mann 68
    all had said last year they were close to retiring or had been retired already.

    i hope to god danny doesnt come back.

  • John Pennington

    Can’t believe Smith will be back what does it take to get fired from this team. More bad kick coverage wrong people returning kicks and punts wow what a mistake by this team.The Steelers will never get over the hump until changes are made but I guess Tomlin and Colbert love more of the same old crap.What a waste of time for Ben.

  • Craig M

    And then one really good consistent KR could work wonders.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Ask legarette Blount.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Nice to see Coach Mann back for another year. Danny Smith better bring it this year

  • Roger G

    Yup…3rd and 1….throw deep

  • Roger G

    If Mitchell and Mann both decide to retire in the same off season….yikes!!

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