Asking Hines Ward to return to the Steelers as a coach should be a no-brainer

A new void in the Steelers' coaching staff begs a question. Are you thinking what we're thinking?

Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers
Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers / Justin K. Aller/GettyImages

Mathematics can be annoying. Calculus was rough. Algebra was cool until they began placing the variables on both sides of the equation. Truthfully, you won't use either very often once you leave high school. We all understand addition and subtraction very well though. Two and two still equals four. The subtraction of one Pittsburgh Steelers assistant allows room for another's addition, and we have saved you the time of solving this equation yourselves.

By now, most of you have heard. The Steelers have announced that their wide receivers coach of the past two seasons, Frisman Jackson, won't be returning for a third campaign. Are you thinking what we're thinking? If Hines Ward just crossed your mind, give yourselves the gold star of approval.

Hines Ward's return to the Steelers makes sense. Is Pittsburgh thinking the same?

No self-respecting Steelers fan needs to be told who Hines Ward is. A two-time Super Bowl Champion ((XL, XLIII), he was Super Bowl XL's MVP. He also racked up three Second-Team All-Pro nods (2002–2004) and four trips to the Pro Bowl (2001–2004).

Since then, he's gone on to become one heck of a coach. A Steelers offensive intern in 2017, he got a taste of working alongside Mike Tomlin after playing for him. He has since been an offensive assistant with the New York Jets (2019–2020) and a wide receivers coach at Florida Atlantic (2021) before becoming the San Antonio Brahmas head coach in 2023. He was even the head of football development at the short-lived Alliance of American Football in 2019.

Hines Ward is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team, their Hall of Honor, and the Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame. Adding the title of 'Steelers wide receivers coach' to his resume shouldn't be a difficult ask. On the heels of a playoff appearance (and early exit), we couldn't think of a better teacher to guide these young Pittsburgh receivers.

Come on everyone! Let's make this happen.

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