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Old 01-21-2012, 10:10 PM   #1
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Default Bires: How about Fichtner as Arians' replacement?

Bires: How about Fichtner as Arians' replacement?
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Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2012 11:00 pm | Updated: 10:55 pm, Sat Jan 21, 2012.

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This week while he's at the Senior Bowl, Mike Tomlin will have more on his mind that just prospects the Steelers might draft. His to-do list includes finding a new offensive coordinator.

Now that Bruce Arians is gone, Tomlin must find someone who will put together an offense capable of racking up more yards and more points than the Steelers did during the B.A. regime.

As soon as Arians announced Friday that he retired, several names surfaced as his successor.

Were he not in critical condition in a Pittsburgh hospital as he recovers from fire burns and smoke inhalation, Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson may have been promoted.

But as Wilson fights for his life, there's no telling when he'll be able to coach again.

So everyone is assuming that the Steelers will look outside the current staff.

Names such as former Chiefs coach Todd Haley, Packers QB coach Tom Clements, former Jets O.C. Kurt Schottenheimer and former Colts coach Jim Caldwell have been mentioned.

But there is a guy who's with Tomlin right now who could get the job.

That would be Randy Fichtner, who's been with the Steelers since Tomlin was hired five years ago.

During his first three years in Pittsburgh, Fichtner served as wide receivers coach. The past two years, he's coached quarterbacks.

Fichtner, 48, had served as offensive coordinator at two college programs -- Arkansas State and Memphis - before joining the Steelers. It was at Arkansas State where Fichtner first met Tomlin, who was the secondary coach there in 1998.

Obviously, calling the plays at Arkansas State and Memphis hardly qualifies Fichtner for the same job with the Steelers. But he's perceived as a guy with good ideas. And although he doesn't have the close relationship that Arians and Ben Roethlisberger do, Fichtner seems to have a solid bond with the franchise QB.

And don't dismiss the fact that Fichtner and Tomlin are close friends away from football.

The day after the Steelers lost a wild-card game in Denver, Tomlin said he expected all his assistants to return. He looked forward to that he said for the sake of continuity.

Well, with Arians gone, there will be change on the coaching staff. But there still may be the continuity that Tomlin talked about.

Fichtner may be a long-shot for the job. But don't count him out.
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Default Re: Bires: How about Fichtner as Arians' replacement?

I dunno...Dennis Dixon has looked terrible in his time here...and Ben he can't get under control...

What About Clements?

or Hue Jackson?

Or Doug Pederson?
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I dunno...Dennis Dixon has looked terrible in his time here...and Ben he can't get under control...

What About Clements?

or Hue Jackson?

Or Doug Pederson?
I agree with you.
I was a big Dixon fan when we drafted him, but he just hasn't panned out here, and with the singing of troy Smith he will be gone as he is an UFA.

I hope the Steelers doin't rush into hiring anyone and explore all possibilities. I am hopeful for Clements, but if doesn't leave GB, I think Haley is intriguing.
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I agree with you.
I was a big Dixon fan when we drafted him, but he just hasn't panned out here, and with the singing of troy Smith he will be gone as he is an UFA.

I hope the Steelers doin't rush into hiring anyone and explore all possibilities. I am hopeful for Clements, but if doesn't leave GB, I think Haley is intriguing.
I agree on Haley, I think it would be interesting.
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