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Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receivers Coach Scottie Montgomery Departs for a Position with the Duke Blue Devils

February 8th, 2013 at 11:31 PM
By Mark Mihalko

Just days after the Pittsburgh Steelers hired special teams coach Danny Smith to bring their opening total to one; Mike Tomlin is left with another opening on his coaching staff. This position opened up when wide receivers coach Scottie Montgomery left to become the offensive coordinator for the Duke Blue Devils.

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Montgomery’s departure marks the second time this offseason that one of the Steelers assistants departed for the college ranks. In December, offensive line coach Sean Kugler took the head coaching position at UTEP.

Montgomery was a key contributor to the coaching staff. He was widely praised with his work in 2010 and 2011 with Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, helping Wallace and Brown reach the Pro Bowl.

While the receiving corps as a whole saw a drop off in 2012, much of that was due to injuries to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Brown. Yes, injury is not an excuse and the unit seemed to regress, some of that could also fall on the development of roles within Todd Haley’s new offensive schemes.

This will be a homecoming for Montgomery, as he was a standout wide receiver for the Blue Devils, as well as spending four seasons as their wide receivers coach before signing on with the Steelers. In all, Montgomery spent three seasons as the wide receivers coach.

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Tags: Antonio Brown, coaching staff, Duke Blue Devils, Emmanuel Sanders, Football, Mike Wallace, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Scottie Montgomery

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