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    Hiring Randy Fichtner The ‘Easiest Phone Call I’ve Ever Made,’ Says Tomlin

    Hiring Randy Fichtner The ‘Easiest Phone Call I’ve Ever Made,’ Says Tomlin

    By Alex Kozora
    Posted on May 26, 2020

    This website probably doesn’t have a whole lot of Randy Fichtner stans on it. But Mike Tomlin, clearly, is a fan. Sitting down with John Calipari on Coffee with Cal, a fantastic interview you should check out, Tomlin recalled the day he hired Fichtner.

    “If you know Randy like I know Randy,” Tomlin said. “Being in this coaching profession, personalities like his, tireless workers, you can’t have enough Randy Fichtners. That was the easiest phone call I’ve ever made.”

    Tomlin hired Fichtner to be the Steelers’ WR coach in 2007. Fichtner has climbed up the ladder since, promoted to QBs coach in 2010 before replacing Todd Haley as offensive coordinator in 2018. The two have deep ties, coaching together – along with DC Keith Butler – at Memphis in 1996.

    Hiring Fichtner was easy but getting him on the phone to accept his first NFL job proved a bit more difficult.

    “Quite honestly, he didn’t answer. I had to leave a message. I said, ‘I got the job and so do you.'”

    Through two years as offensive coordinator, Fichtner has had his ups and downs. In 2018, he helped lead not only the NFL’s best red zone offense, Pittsburgh scoring 73.5% of the time, but the best red zone offense since the 2003 Kansas City Chiefs. That year, the Steelers ranked 6th in football in points per game.

    Last year was the complete opposite. The 32nd ranked red zone offense and one of the worst units in football. Not everything is on Fichtner, he was dealt as difficult hand possible, but he isn’t absolved from all those failures either.

    In totality, Tomlin’s enjoyed coaching alongside him.

    “It’s been a nice ride with that guy. That guy is a pleasure to work with and has been. Our friendship goes back 25 years now.”

    2020 is a big year for Fichtner and this offense to bounce back. With a healthy Ben Roethlisberger, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and James Conner, if this group flounders again, there’s always QB coach Matt Canada waiting in the wings.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2020/05/hi...e-says-tomlin/

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    29th in rushing and 31st in passing. Obviously Fichtner was a great hire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Steel View Post
    29th in rushing and 31st in passing. Obviously Fichtner was a great hire.
    Tomlin may have dialed the wrong number.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Steel View Post
    29th in rushing and 31st in passing. Obviously Fichtner was a great hire.
    As bad as some talked about Todd Haley, Fichtner is at least a couple of pegs lower then Haley.

    ** Question:
    If Todd Haley were still the OC now, how good would you feel about a Super Bowl run going into this coming season? Just curious.
    Last edited by Steel Maniac; 05-26-2020 at 07:16 PM.
    From the 2010-2019 season, (A 9 year period that the majority of Cowher's players & coaches had left) Mike Tomlin has only won 3 playoff games. And two of those wins were against back up Quarterbacks.
    Dolphin fans in the 90’s who wanted to hold on to Don Shula for what he did in the 70’s...

    Are the same as Steeler fans (of 2020 ) holding on to Tomlin for what he did in 2008.

    [url]http://www.planetsteelers.com/forums/showthread.php/50121-A-Positive-View-of-they-Draft/page17[/url]

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man of Steel View Post
    29th in rushing and 31st in passing. Obviously Fichtner was a great hire.
    Given the injuries on offense I can’t blame Fitchner too much for last year.
    Tomlin’s coming back so what can you do?


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    Quote Originally Posted by feltdizz View Post
    Given the injuries on offense I can’t blame Fitchner too much for last year.
    Yea, 4th string QB throwing to called-up practice squaders ain't gonna win any OC awards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feltdizz View Post
    Given the injuries on offense I can’t blame Fitchner too much for last year.
    Yeah, I wasn't thrilled with the job Fitchner did last year, but got to cut him some slack considering what he had to work with.

    Better be significantly better this season, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feltdizz View Post
    Given the injuries on offense I can’t blame Fitchner too much for last year.
    That is because you are rational unlike others who just like to ignore what happened last year and complain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    Hiring Randy Fichtner The ‘Easiest Phone Call I’ve Ever Made,’ Says Tomlin

    By Alex Kozora
    Posted on May 26, 2020

    This website probably doesn’t have a whole lot of Randy Fichtner stans on it. But Mike Tomlin, clearly, is a fan. Sitting down with John Calipari on Coffee with Cal, a fantastic interview you should check out, Tomlin recalled the day he hired Fichtner.

    “If you know Randy like I know Randy,” Tomlin said. “Being in this coaching profession, personalities like his, tireless workers, you can’t have enough Randy Fichtners. That was the easiest phone call I’ve ever made.”

    Tomlin hired Fichtner to be the Steelers’ WR coach in 2007. Fichtner has climbed up the ladder since, promoted to QBs coach in 2010 before replacing Todd Haley as offensive coordinator in 2018. The two have deep ties, coaching together – along with DC Keith Butler – at Memphis in 1996.

    Hiring Fichtner was easy but getting him on the phone to accept his first NFL job proved a bit more difficult.

    “Quite honestly, he didn’t answer. I had to leave a message. I said, ‘I got the job and so do you.'”

    Through two years as offensive coordinator, Fichtner has had his ups and downs. In 2018, he helped lead not only the NFL’s best red zone offense, Pittsburgh scoring 73.5% of the time, but the best red zone offense since the 2003 Kansas City Chiefs. That year, the Steelers ranked 6th in football in points per game.

    Last year was the complete opposite. The 32nd ranked red zone offense and one of the worst units in football. Not everything is on Fichtner, he was dealt as difficult hand possible, but he isn’t absolved from all those failures either.

    In totality, Tomlin’s enjoyed coaching alongside him.

    “It’s been a nice ride with that guy. That guy is a pleasure to work with and has been. Our friendship goes back 25 years now.”

    2020 is a big year for Fichtner and this offense to bounce back. With a healthy Ben Roethlisberger, JuJu Smith-Schuster, and James Conner, if this group flounders again, there’s always QB coach Matt Canada waiting in the wings.

    https://steelersdepot.com/2020/05/hi...e-says-tomlin/
    Just more proof Tomlin is a Clown

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    Well, he was hired because he was his buddy. You can bet he won't fire him for the same reason.
    Just like the gum chewer.
    In the last decade, 25% of the league has won a super bowl(the Steelers aren't one of them) and 25% have as many or more playoff wins as the Steelers.

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