Mike Tomlin confirms via statement Todd Haley is out as offensive coordinator
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on Wednesday made it official by announcing the team is parting ways with offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
Statement from Head Coach Mike Tomlin on Todd Haley: https://t.co/qpOF6tZQpQ
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 17, 2018
“I have made the decision to not renew the contract for offensive coordinator Todd Haley,” Tomlin said in the statement issued by the team. “I would like to thank Todd for his contributions to our offense the past six years, and we wish him the best in his coaching future.”
It was generally accepted as inevitable that Haley’s time with the Steelers was over when the team allowed his contract to expire this week, even before Tomlin officially announced the decision. In fact, it did not take long for speculation to start on who would be replacing Haley.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday morning that quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner is expected to assume the offensive coordinator position on Tomlin’s staff.
Steelers are expected to promote their QB coach Randy Fichtner to offensive coordiantor, per @mortreport.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 17, 2018
Fichtner is perceived as a good fit as he reportedly served as a buffer on the sideline between Haley and Ben Roethlisberger as their relationship reportedly became more and more strained. While Roethlisberger attempted to deny an estrangement with Haley, it would seem the move to promote Fichtner, if indeed that occurs, was made with Big Ben in mind, as the two clearly enjoy a good relationship.