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Richard Mann
Wide Receivers Coach
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Richard Mann
Wide Receivers Coach

Richard Mann is in his fourth season as the Steelers’ wide receivers coach, after being hired on February 13, 2013. Mann is entering his 32nd season as an assistant coach in the NFL.

In 2015, wide receiver Antonio Brown broke his own franchise single-season records by recording 136 receptions for 1,834 yards. His 136 receptions tied for the NFL lead, and his 1,834 receiving yards were the second-most in the NFL. Brown also set a single-season franchise record by recording nine 100-yard games. On November 8, 2015, against the Oakland Raiders, he set single-game team records in receptions (17), receiving yards (284) and scrimmage yards (306). Brown was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press and The Sporting News, and he earned his fourth Pro Bowl selection in 2015.

Richard Mann
Wide Receivers Coach

Richard Mann is in his fourth season as the Steelers’ wide receivers coach, after being hired on February 13, 2013. Mann is entering his 32nd season as an assistant coach in the NFL.

In 2015, wide receiver Antonio Brown broke his own franchise single-season records by recording 136 receptions for 1,834 yards. His 136 receptions tied for the NFL lead, and his 1,834 receiving yards were the second-most in the NFL. Brown also set a single-season franchise record by recording nine 100-yard games. On November 8, 2015, against the Oakland Raiders, he set single-game team records in receptions (17), receiving yards (284) and scrimmage yards (306). Brown was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press and The Sporting News, and he earned his fourth Pro Bowl selection in 2015.

Wide receiver Markus Wheaton finished seventh in the NFL by averaging 17.0 yards per reception in 2015. Second-year wide receiver Martavis Bryant recorded six receiving touchdowns in 2015 to give him a total of 14 receiving touchdowns in his career, which are the fourth-most in Steelers’ history by a player in their first two seasons with the team.

In 2014, Mann’s receiving corps totaled 12 individual 100-yard games, setting a new single-season team record. Brown set the single-season team record with 13 receiving touchdowns, and he averaged 106.1 receiving yards per game to become the first receiver in team history to average more than 100.0 yards per game throughout a single season in 2014.

As a rookie, Bryant recorded eight receiving touchdowns in 2014. He became one of four players in NFL history to record seven or more touchdowns in their first seven games. Bryant also recorded a 94-yard touchdown reception, the second-longest pass play in team history. He was honored with the Joe Greene Great Performance Award, given annually to the team’s top rookie.

In Mann’s first season as wide receivers coach in 2013, Brown was named Steelers’ MVP, and veteran wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery led the team with 10 receiving touchdowns.

Prior to joining Pittsburgh, Mann had been assisting and consulting players as they prepare for the NFL Draft as well as coaching in All-Star games. He coached wide receivers for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002-09, and also served as assistant head coach in his final year in 2009. From 2002-08, the Buccaneers had at least one 1,000-yard receiver in each season, which is the longest streak in franchise history.

One of those receivers was Antonio Bryant. In 2008, Bryant led the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. For his efforts, he was named Comeback Player of the Year by The Sporting News.

From 2005-07, Joey Galloway had three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, to become the first player in Buccaneers’ history to accomplish the feat. Galloway recorded a career-high 1,287 receiving yards in 2005. During that year, he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in 11 games, which is the fastest in franchise history.

In 2003, Mann’s receiving corps guided the Buccaneers’ offense to finish top-10 in the NFL for only the second time in team history, and Keenan McCardell earned a trip to the Pro Bowl. In 2002, Buccaneers’ wide receivers totaled 184 receptions for 2,281 yards with 16 receiving touchdowns, as the group helped guide the team to its first and only Super Bowl (XXXVII) victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Mann served as the wide receivers coach for the Washington Redskins (2001), the Kansas City Chiefs (1999-2000) and the Baltimore Ravens (1997-98). He also was an assistant with the New York Jets (1994-96) where he coached the wide receivers (1994, 1996) and both the tight ends and wide receivers (1995). While with the Jets, Mann coached Rob Moore, who earned a trip to the Pro Bowl in 1994. Moore is currently the wide receivers coach for the Oakland Raiders. 

From 1985-93, Mann served as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Browns. In his first season with the Browns, he coached both the tight ends and wide receivers, and then coached the wide receivers the remainder of his time with Cleveland. During his tenure, Mann coached Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome and Pro Bowler Webster Slaughter. He got his first NFL coaching job with the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts (1982-84), coaching wide receivers.

Prior to joining the NFL ranks, Mann served as an assistant at the University of Louisville (1980-81) and at his alma mater, Arizona State University (1974-79). He was a three-year starter for the Sun Devils from 1966-68.

Mann is a native of Aliquippa, Pa. He attended Aliquippa High School and was part of the team’s 1964 WPIAL Championship team. Mann coached at Aliquippa from 1970-1973, starting out at the junior high level and then working his way to the high school level, where he coached wide receivers. Mann is a member of the Aliquippa and the Beaver County (Pa.) Halls of Fame. He and his wife, Karen, have four children, daughters Deven and Brittany, and sons Richard II and Mario. Richard II is currently a pro scout for the Washington Redskins.

1970-1973
Aliquippa High School (Aliquippa, Pa.)
Wide Receivers

1974-1979
Arizona State University
Wide Receivers

1980-1981
University of Louisville
Wide Receivers

1982-1984
Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts
Wide Receivers

1985
Cleveland Browns
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

1986-1993
Cleveland Browns
Wide Receivers

1994
New York Jets
Wide Receivers

1995
New York Jets
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

1996
New York Jets
Wide Receivers

1997-1998
Baltimore Ravens
Wide Receivers

1999-2000
Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receivers

2001
Washington Redskins
Wide Receivers

2002-2008
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receivers

2009
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Assistant Head Coach/
Wide Receivers

2013-16
Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receivers