Haley out as Steelers offensive coordinator

Haley out as Steelers offensive coordinator

Javier Howell
January 20, 2018

Quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner is in line to be the next coordinator, although there was no immediate announcement Wednesday.

Are you a die-hard Steelers fan? Head coach Mike Tomlin supported the idea and Fichtner's relationship with Roethlisberger is likely a big reason for the hire. LIKE NFL by Chat Sports on Facebook to be notified when the NFL Daily goes live at 6 p.m. ET every day! After three years, he was named the quarterbacks coach.

Fichtner, meanwhile, stayed four seasons at Arkansas State (1997-2000) and the Red Wolves posted some solid offensive numbers under his tutelage. "We have a tremendous roster, and it will be my charge to continue putting our offensive players in position to succeed and score points".

In a statement released Thursday, Fichtner thanked Mike Tomlin and Art Rooney II for the opportunity. The 50-year-old notably had a rocky relationship with Roethlisberger.

Considering the production of the offense under Todd Haley, it would seem the change was made more because of personality than results.

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In eight seasons under Fichtner, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has completed 2,638 passes (64.6%) for 31,763 yards and 202 touchdowns, with a passer rating of 95.4.

Fichtner becomes the third offensive coordinator under Tomlin, joining Haley and Bruce Arians (2007-2011).

Not counting Haley, each of the Steelers' prior three offensive coordinators (Mike Mularkey, Ken Whisenhunt, Arians) became head coaches soon after leaving the Steelers; eight of the past nine Steelers offensive coordinators were either former or future National Football League head coaches.

The Steelers finished the season third in total offense and Roethlisberger had a great second half after a slow start. But they were 20th in rushing yards and 18th in red-zone conversion percentage.