Randy Fichtner replaces Todd Haley as Steelers’ offensive coordinator
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Michael Vick, right, talks with quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner during practice for the NFL football team, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
PITTSBURGH — A day after parting ways with offensive coordinator Todd Haley on Wednesday, the Steelers promoted quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner to offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach.
In a statement released Thursday, Fichtner thanked Mike Tomlin and Art Rooney II for the opportunity.
“We have a tremendous roster, and it will be my charge to continue putting our offensive players in position to succeed and score points,” he said. “We have the nucleus to be successful, and I am thrilled about the chance to lead the offense as we have already started preparing for the 2018 season.”
Haley oversaw the offensive unit for the past six seasons, but his contract ran out at the end of the 2017 campaign and Tomlin decided not to renew. The season ended with Pittsburgh suffering a 45-42 upset loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.
The Steelers’ offense ranked third in the NFL and second in the AFC last season. It was also third in passing.
Fichtner has coached the Steelers’ quarterbacks for the past eight seasons and he will continue with that role. Ben Roethlisberger completed 360 passes for 4,251 yards and 28 touchdowns this season.
An original member of Tomlin’s staff, Fichtner was a receivers coach when he started in 2007. After three years, he was named the quarterbacks coach.
Fitchtner and Tomlin met at Arkansas State University when Fichtner was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (1997-2000) and Tomlin was the receivers coach (1997) and defensive backs coach (1998).
Fitchtner also served as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at the University of Memphis from 2001-2006.