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James Daniel
Tight Ends Coach
College:
Alabama State
Experience:
12

Biography

James Daniel
Tight Ends Coach

James Daniel is in his 12th season with Pittsburgh after remaining with the team following Mike Tomlin’s hiring in January of 2007. Daniel was named the Steelers’ tight ends coach on January 24, 2004.

Under Daniel’s guidance, tight end Heath Miller has become one of the top pass catchers in franchise history. Entering the 2015 campaign, Miller ranks in the top-10 in franchise history in receptions (third-532), receiving yards (third-6,034) and receiving touchdowns (fourth-43). His receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns are also the most by a tight end in team history.

James Daniel
Tight Ends Coach

James Daniel is in his 12th season with Pittsburgh after remaining with the team following Mike Tomlin’s hiring in January of 2007. Daniel was named the Steelers’ tight ends coach on January 24, 2004.

Under Daniel’s guidance, tight end Heath Miller has become one of the top pass catchers in franchise history. Entering the 2015 campaign, Miller ranks in the top-10 in franchise history in receptions (third-532), receiving yards (third-6,034) and receiving touchdowns (fourth-43). His receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns are also the most by a tight end in team history.

For the fifth time in his career, Miller totaled at least 50 receptions in 2014 (66), and he registered more than 500 receiving yards for the eighth straight season. He recorded a catch in all 16 games in 2014, to extend his personal-best streak to 97 regular-season games in which he has played in with at least one catch. Miller’s team-best streak began during the 2008 season and is the second-longest streak in team history (Hines Ward, 186).

Miller posted his third career 100-yard receiving game in 2014, totaling 112 yards on seven receptions on October 26, 2014 versus the Colts. It marked the 10th occurrence in team history that a tight end recorded 100 yards in a single game during the regular season.

In 2012, Miller became the first Steelers’ tight end to ever be selected as team MVP. He also was selected to his second career Pro Bowl. Miller’s 71 receptions on the season led the team and ranked second in the AFC among tight ends, and he set career highs with 816 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns.

In 2010, Miller was named an offensive co-captain for the first time in his career, following his 2009 Pro Bowl season. In 2009, he broke the team’s single-season record for receptions by a tight end, recording 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

2004-2015
Pittsburgh Steelers
Tight Ends