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James Daniel
Tight Ends Coach
College:
Alabama State
Experience:
13

Biography

James Daniel
Tight Ends Coach

James Daniel is in his 13th season coaching tight ends for the Steelers. Daniel, who was hired on January 24, 2004, remained with the team following Mike Tomlin’s hiring in January of 2007.

Under Daniel’s guidance, former tight end Heath Miller became one of the top pass catchers in franchise history. Miller, who retired on February 19, 2016, left the Steelers as the team’s all-time leader in receptions (592), receiving yards (6,569) and receiving touchdowns (45) by a tight end.

James Daniel
Tight Ends Coach

James Daniel is in his 13th season coaching tight ends for the Steelers. Daniel, who was hired on January 24, 2004, remained with the team following Mike Tomlin’s hiring in January of 2007.

Under Daniel’s guidance, former tight end Heath Miller became one of the top pass catchers in franchise history. Miller, who retired on February 19, 2016, left the Steelers as the team’s all-time leader in receptions (592), receiving yards (6,569) and receiving touchdowns (45) by a tight end.

Overall, Miller ranks second in career receptions, fourth in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, and sixth in scrimmage yards (6,577) in Steelers’ annals. Miller is one of four players to record 500 receptions, one of five players to record 6,000 receiving yards and one of five players to record 40 receiving touchdowns in team history.

Miller is one of 12 tight ends in NFL history to reach 6,000 career receiving yards, and at the conclusion of the 2015 season, his 592 receptions are the sixth-most in NFL history by a tight end, and his 6,569 career receiving yards are the ninth-most in NFL history at the position group.

In 2015, Miller recorded 500 receiving yards for the ninth straight season to become just the second player in team history to accomplish that feat (Hines Ward). Also in 2015, he became just the second player in team history (Ward) to record at least one reception in 100 straight regular-season games played (Miller, 103).

Miller became the first tight end to ever be selected as team MVP in 2012, the same season he earned his second Pro Bowl selection. Miller earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2009, the same season he set the team’s single-season record for receptions by a tight end (76).

In 2007, Daniel groomed a young group of tight ends that finished the season with 11 receiving touchdowns, which are the most combined receiving touchdowns of any Steelers’ tight end corps in team history.

During his tenure with the Atlanta Falcons (1997-2003), Daniel was instrumental in the development of Pro Bowler Alge Crumpler. Daniel began his NFL coaching career as the tight ends coach of the New York Giants from 1993-96. However, Daniel’s first experience in the NFL came through the NFL’s Fellowship Program in 1988 with the New Orleans Saints, and in 1992 with the Denver Broncos, who were led by Head Coach Dan Reeves. Daniel served under Reeves for his first 11 years in the NFL.

He began his coaching career in the college ranks as the offensive line coach at Auburn University (1981-92) for Head Coach Pat Dye. During Daniel’s 12 years at Auburn, the Tigers appeared in nine postseason bowl games, four of his linemen earned All-America honors and several were selected All-SEC.

Prior to Auburn, Daniel coached for seven years at Enterprise High School (Enterprise, Ala.) from 1974-80. During his tenure, 11 of his offensive linemen earned college scholarships.

A native of Wetumpka, Ala., Daniel was a three-year starter (offensive guard) and four-year letter winner at Alabama State University from 1970-73. Daniel is married to Myrtis.

1974-1980
Enterprise High School (Enterprise, Ala.)
Offensive Line

1981-1992
Auburn University
Offensive Line

1993-1996
New York Giants
Tight Ends

1997-99, 2001-03
Atlanta Falcons
Tight Ends

2000
Atlanta Falcons
Offensive Line

2004-2016
Pittsburgh Steelers
Tight Ends