The Randy Fichtner era as offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has come to a quick and necessary end. The natural question to ask is who is the right person to take over this role?
Well, what we do know is this, whomever gets chosen, veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is likely to have a say in the matter. Fichtner, who started with the organization in 2007 as wide receivers coach, established a close relationship with Roethlisberger during his time with the Steelers. Now that he is gone, this could perhaps foreshadow Roethlisberger's future with the team, which is still unknown.
Whether he returns or not, it is imperative the Steelers find the right coordinator, that could help maximize the potential and production at all positions on offense. With this in mind, here some names for consideration.
Canada came to the Steelers organization in 2020, after spending time with the University of Maryland as their offensive coordinator and interim head coach. Very recently, reports have come in that the Miami Dolphins were very interested in making Canada their next offensive coordinator. What is worth noting, Canada's concepts are heavily based on RPOs (run-pass option) and play action sequences. These types of concepts are better suited for younger, mobile quarterbacks who can effectively use their legs; unfortunately, Roethlisberger does not fit this criteria. Even with the small sample size of his work, Canada has shown that he has the ability to create a more dynamic offense with his concepts. Whether the Steelers decide to promote him as their next offensive coordinator remains to be seen.
The former Los Angeles Chargers head coach was once a successful running backs coach and offensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills from 2015 to 2016. During that time, the Bills had one of the top rushing attacks in the NFL, averaging a combined 2,531 rushing yards each season. Despite his shortcomings as head coach with the Chargers, Lynn is the type of coordinator that could help infuse the Steelers rushing offensive, that was arguably the worst in the NFL this past season. Though it is likely Lynn would rather return like to obtain a head coaching position, the best way of getting attention from other teams, is by helping this team get back on track with the run offense.
Other Names To Consider:
Mike McDaniel - Run Coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers
Jim Caldwell - Former Assistant head coach and Quarterbacks Coach for the Miami Dolphins
Dirk Koetter: Offensive Coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons