The Steelers went without a full-time wide receivers coach last season, it coming on the heels of Darryl Drake‘s tragic death. The franchise is now looking at candidates to take over, and one is a familiar name to the franchise.
Jerricho Cotchery interviewed for the post on Friday, according to Gerry Dulac and Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cotchery is battling at least one other candidate for the job. South Carolina assistant Bryan McClendon spent Monday in Pittsburgh interviewing for the post, according to Dulac and Fittipaldo.
This would be return for Cotchery, who played for the Steelers from 2011-13. He caught a career-high 10 touchdown passes in his final Steelers season. Also playing with the Jets and Panthers in a 12-year career, the 37-year-old NFL retiree jumped right into coaching. Not long after Super Bowl 50 — his final NFL appearance — Cotchery caught on with the Panthers as their assistant wide receivers coach. He spent three years in that role, helping the likes of D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel.
The Steelers used Ray Sherman as Drake’s successor on an interim basis last season. McClendon, 36, spent the past five years with the Gamecocks, working as their offensive coordinator in 2018 before being demoted back to wideouts coach last year. McClendon coached South Carolina’s receivers in four of the past five seasons.