World news – Steelers parted ways with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, two other assistants

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The Steelers announced that Fichtner, along with offensive coach Shaun Sarrett and defensive coach Tom Bradley, for the 2021 season will not return.

Fichtner recently finished his third year as Coordinator for the Steelers, but his first in that role. He has been on the offensive under Mike Tomlin since Tomlin was hired as Steelers head coach in 2007, initially as a wide receiver coach, but from 2010 to 2019 as a quarterbacks coach.

The Steelers hired one-time Pitt offensive coordinator Matt Canada as their quarterbacks trainer last spring. Canada’s influence on playcalling was evident at the start of the season.

The Steelers finished season 12 in the NFL in rating and 24 in yards. They were the last in the league in a hurry (84.4 meters per game). After at least 24 points had been scored in every 10-0 start in every game, the offensive stuttered down the line and averaged less than 20 points.

Fichtner developed a close relationship with Steeler’s franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is not sure about returning for an 18th season in March at the age of 39.

Sarrett was named assistant offensive line coach in 2019 when Mike Munchak left the Steelers to join the Denver Broncos staff. Sarrett joined Tomlin in 2012 and was an offensive assistant for six years before spending a season as Munchak’s assistant coach.

Bradley, Penn State’s longtime assistant coach, has coached the Steelers defenders for the past three seasons.

« I would like to thank all three coaches for their dedication and dedication to the Pittsburgh Steelers, » said Tomlin in a statement. “You have all been instrumental in our success, and I am grateful for your efforts. Personally, Randy and I have been in Pittsburgh since I hired him in 2007, but our relationship began long before that. He’s been a friend of mine for years and wishes all the best for his family, and I’m immensely grateful for our relationship on and off the field.  »

Joe Rutter is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Joe by email at [email protected] or on Twitter.

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