June 23, 2024

Following yet another coaching change, Hines Ward, the most successful wide receiver in team history, has been mentioned as a potential addition to the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff.

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On February 5, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette announced that Frisman Jackson, the wide receivers coach, was leaving the Steelers. He was the wide receivers coach for Pittsburgh for the previous two seasons.

Joe Clark of Steelers Depot suggested Ward as a potential Jackson replacement in light of that development.

Former Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, who was an offensive intern with the team in 2017 and was recently replaced as head coach of the UFL’s San Antonio Brahmas, is one name on the market that will undoubtedly be connected to Pittsburgh, according to Clark. “He was the wide receivers coach at FAU as well as an offensive assistant for the New York Jets.”

Rob Gregson of AtoZ Sports suggested Ward as a possible replacement for current wide receivers coach in Pittsburgh.

“The Steelers are moving on from current WRs coach Frisman Jackson per Gerry Dulac,” Gregson wrote. “Hines Ward will be a popular candidate for his replacement.”

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On February 2, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic stated on X, the former Twitter, that “an upheaval” to Pittsburgh’s offensive coaching staff is unlikely. That probably still holds true even with Arthur Smith as the new offensive coordinator.

However, some adjustments are reasonable. It is not surprising that the Steelers are not keeping Jackson around given some inconsistent play from their receivers in 2023.
George Pickens, a wide receiver, had a performance spike in 2023 under Jackson’s direction, according to Clark. “But despite being a team’s top two wide receivers, Pickens and wide receiver Diontae Johnson occasionally showed signs of lack of effort.”

Before moving to Pittsburgh, Jackson spent three seasons coaching in the NFL. In 2017, he was the wide receivers coach for the Tennessee Titans. Then, from 2020 to 21 with the Carolina Panthers, he played the same position.
Jackson was Baylor’s wide receivers coach in the interim.

Jackson has greater collegiate coaching experience. Before 2017, Jackson coached wide receivers at Temple, NC State, Akron, Northern Illinois, and Western Illinois. He started his coaching career in 2008.

He coordinated the passing game for the program at Temple as well.
It raises the issue of whether a Steelers-Ward reunion is possible given the vacancy at wide receivers coach.

Ward has dabbled in a couple different disciplines during his 14-year NFL playing career. Soon his retirement, he was an analyst for NBC Sports. Ward also made a couple further attempts at entering the restaurant industry.

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