Steelers' longtime tight end coach retires

James Daniel spent 17 years in Pittsburgh
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In a day full of Steelers coaching change, the team’s longtime tight ends coach, James Daniel has announced his retirement.

Daniel spent a total of 17 years with the Steelers as the tight ends coach and was hired in 2004 under coach Bill Cowher. Mike Tomlin retained Daniel when he was hired in 2007.

“I wish James all the best in his retirement following a long, productive coaching career in the National Football League,” said Tomlin in a release. “I worked with JD for the past 14 years and he coached a bunch of great tight ends, not only here in Pittsburgh but also in Atlanta and New York.
His experienced provided our tight ends group and our coaching staff with invaluable lessons throughout his career. He has been a tremendous part of our staff from my first day and I wish nothing but continued success in his retirement.”

Daniel was tight end coach for the New York Giants from 1993-96 and was the Atlanta Falcon’s tight end coach on two occasions, (1997-99 and 2001-03) he was also the offensive line coach in 2000.

Daniel was investigated in 2015 for allegedly kicking a New England Patriots fan at Gillette Stadium during the season opener, but no evidence of wrongdoing was found.