Steelers Name Randy Fichtner As New Offensive Coordinator

Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger courtesy of Gene J. Puskar  Associated Press

Such a move comes shortly after the Steelers elected not to retain offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who was reportedly at odds with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Fichtner has been a part of the organization ever since Mike Tomlin arrived in Pittsburgh. The next year, Tomlin was moved to defensive backs coach before heading to Cincinnati to coach d-backs for the Bengals in 1999.

"I want to thank Coach [Mike] Tomlin and Art Rooney II for giving me this opportunity to be the offensive coordinator for this organization", said Fichtner. Fichtner and Tomlin first worked together on the staff at Arkansas State in 1997. That will continue as coordinator, and Roethlisberger has often spoke of the positive relationship the two share.

Fichtner was brought from the coaching box to the field during games this past season, a change that CBS Sports reported was made so he could serve as a buffer between Roethlisberger and Haley. "The least amount of change, the better".

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Over the eight seasons since Fichtner has been his position coach, Roethlisberger's passer rating, completion percentage and interception percentage have improved as compared to the first six seasons of his career. Tomlin had initially given the same spiel to former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians back in 2011. Along with offensive line coach Mike Munchak, Haley focused on protecting Roethlisberger and keeping him healthy.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced that Randy Fichtner will be the team's offensive coordinator and quarterback coach in 2018.

Pittsburgh is coming off a 2017-18 campaign in which the AFC North franchise ranked third in the league in total offense.

The release of Haley was a bit of a surprise considering the Steelers were considered perhaps the most high-powered offense in the NFL.