Steelers fans lobby hard for two former players to be added to the coaching staff

Frisman Jackson is on his way out, and Steelers fans are already lobbying for two former players to fill the void as the new wide receivers coach.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are making their second big coaching move of the 2024 offseason. Just three days after Arthur Smith was officially named the new offensive coordinator, Gerry Dulac of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette confirmed that the team will not renew the contract of wide receivers coach, Frisman Jackson.

Now that Smith is calling the offense, he will likely want to bring in a few assistant coaches to help ensure his tenure in Pittsburgh is successful. Jackson will depart after just two seasons as Pittsburgh's wide receivers coach.

Immediately after this decision was announced, Steelers fans took to 'X' in an effort to endorse new candidates for the vacant WR coaching role... and the names they are petitioning for will not surprise you.

Fans want Hines Ward as Pittsburgh's next WR coach

Hines Ward was the first name that came to mind for many fans and members of the media. This comes on the anniversary of his Super Bowl MVP.

Admittedly, Ward doesn't have a lot of coaching experience in the NFL ranks. After working as an offensive assistant coach on the New York Jets in 2019, Ward was eventually forced to take work as an assistant for the Florida Atlantic Owls before joining the XFL as a head coach.

So far, Ward's coaching career hasn't caught on. However, fans are now arguing that Ward would be the perfect wide receivers coach for Pittsburgh after the Steelers dealt with effort issues from both Diontae Johnson and George Pickens in 2023.

Steelers fans lobby for Antwaan Randle El

The other name that instantly came to mind for many in the Steelers fanbase is Hines Ward's former teammate, Antwaan Randle El. Of the two former players, Randle El has a more impressive coaching career. He joined the Buccaneers as an offensive assistant in 2019 before earning a job as the wide receivers coach of the Detroit Lions in 2021.

Unfortunately, many Steelers fans don't realize that Pittsburgh can't poach another team's assistant coach only to place him in an equal role. They could theoretically steal Randle El from the Lions if his new job title came with a promotion (and if Randle El was willing to leave a good situation in Detroit).

Dorin Dickerson of The Fan Morning Show on 93.7 The Fan and many others advocated for Randle El on 'X'.

Most Steelers fans seem to be on board with the idea of bringing either Hines Ward or Antwaan Randle El to Pittsburgh to fill the vacancy as the new wide receivers coach. More likely than not, neither coach will be considered for the role.

This will likely be a joint decision by Arthur Smith and head coach Mike Tomlin, as Pittsburgh looks to go in a different direction on offense. Don't expect the Steelers to wait long to fill this void, but they may have a very different plan in mind.