Steelers part ways with OC Randy Fichtner, 2 others

15 Jan 2021 / 03:36 H.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers parted ways Thursday with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner and two other assistant coaches.

    In addition, the team announced the retirement of longtime tight ends coach James Daniel.

    Fichtner, offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett and defensive backs coach Tom Bradley will not have their contracts renewed, the team announced four days after Pittsburgh's 48-37 wild-card loss to the Cleveland Browns.

    "I want to thank all three of the coaches for their commitment and dedication to the Pittsburgh Steelers," head coach Mike Tomlin said. "They have all played integral roles in our success and I am appreciative of their efforts.

    "Personally, Randy and I have been in Pittsburgh since I hired him in 2007, but our relationship began well before that. He has been a friend of mine for years and wish his family nothing but the best, and I am eternally grateful for our relationship both on and off the field."

    Fichtner, 57, coached the wide receivers from 2007-09 and quarterbacks from 2010-17 before taking over as the offensive coordinator in 2018.

    The Steelers started 11-0 before losing four of their last five regular-season games in 2020. The Pittsburgh offense ranked 12th in scoring, 15th in passing yards and 32nd (last) in rushing yards.

    Sarrett, 41, joined the Pittsburgh staff in 2012 as an offensive assistant before being elevated to assistant offensive line coach in 2018 and to OL coach in 2019.

    Bradley, 64, coached the defensive backs for the past three seasons following a long career in the college coaching ranks, mostly at Penn State.

    Daniel, 67, was hired by former coach Bill Cowher in 2004 and remained as tight ends coach when Tomlin became head coach in 2007.

    "I wish James all the best in his retirement following a long, productive coaching career in the National Football League," Tomlin said of Daniel, who began his coaching career in 1981 with Auburn. "His experience provided our tight ends group and our coaching staff with invaluable lessons throughout his career. He has been a tremendous part of our staff from my first day and I wish nothing but continued success in his retirement."

    --Field Level Media

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