Randy Fichtner replaces Todd Haley as Steelers OC
Todd Haley is out in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers are allowing their offensive coordinator to walk, as first reported by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport on Wednesday. Technically, it’s not a firing as Haley’s contract expired after the season, bringing his successful six-year run with the team to an end.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed the news in a team-issued statement:
Haley’s departure comes one day after Roethlisberger revealed during his radio show that he wasn’t allowed to audible out of Haley’s play calls, saying that rule came directly from Tomlin.
I have asked for it. I am fine with it. If they want to call it, I’m all for it, Roethlisberger told NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala.
Perhaps that will change in a post-Haley world, with Big Ben operating as one of the most experienced signal-callers league-wide.
It’s unclear where Haley — the former Chiefs coach — will wind up, but these guys always seem to land on their feet. He’ll find work soon enough.
I believe so, Avril told NFL Network’s Steve Wyche on The Aftermath when asked Monday if he will ever play football again. Right now it’s all about recovery. I had surgery. I’m in the process of recovering. It’s a long process, a long journey. When I get to the end of that, then I’ll figure out what’s next.
Avril suffered the injury in Week 4 and did not return for the remainder of the season, prompting reports that the veteran defender was considering retirement. Coach Pete Carroll even said at the end of the season that Avril is going to have a hard time coming back. But the 31-year-old pass rusher said on NFL Network that, despite the odds, he’s willing to give his career another go.
I mean, it’s something I love to do. It’s what I’ve been doing forever and, just as a competitor, I want to show that I can come back if it’s possible, you know? Avril said. You do see all the injuries. You see the game from a different perspective when you’re on the sideline. And those thoughts do definitely pop into my head of ‘should I come back or not?’ But again, right now it’s all about recovery.