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Steelers expected to promote QB coach Randy Fichtner to offensive coordinator

Vincent Frank

On the very same day that the team parted ways with longtime offensive coordinator Todd Haley, it already looks like the Pittsburgh Steelers have a replacement.

It reportedly comes in the form of quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner being promoted to offensive coordinator.

This really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. As strained as Haley’s relationship with Ben Roethlisberger was, Fichtner acted as a intermediary between the two sides this past season. He’s also highly respected by head coach Mike Tomlin.

Fichtner, 54, has served as the Steelers’ quarterbacks coach since 2010. Prior to that, he coached the team’s receivers from 2007-09. This came after a 20-year career as an assistant in the college ranks.

He will now be tasked with being Pittsburgh’s primary play-caller. It’s something Fichtner has not done since he was the offensive coordinator at Memphis from 2001-06, prior to joining Pittsburgh.