Steelers will not retain OC Todd Haley, tab Randy Fichtner as replacement

Todd Haley is out in Pittsburgh and Randy Fichtner is in.

The Steelers’ offensive coordinator will not return for the 2018 season, the team confirmed Wednesday.

Despite a seemingly comfortable 86-60 win over East Carolina on Saturday, the Bearcats (17-2, 6-0 American) did not play well for extended stretches, and even allowed the Pirates to shoot better than 55 percent in the first half.

The final score was deceiving, and did little to mask another slow start, something that has been a pattern for Cincinnati the past three games.

You can play well and lose because you miss shots against a good team, you can also not play well and win and that gets masked by the winning, Cronin said. That’s the danger of not having lost since Dec. 9.

The Bearcats haven’t lost since being beaten by Florida in Newark, New Jersey. The closest call they’ve had was at Temple, a 55-53 win on Jan. 4, won on Jacob Evans III’s jumper with one second remaining.

I don’t think we’ve been playing great, said Cronin. Saturday was our worst performance. We just did not execute well. It’s hard to stay sharp, that’s why they pay me.

There’s a feeling among some of these stakeholders that Pittsburgh has underachieved under Tomlin, according to the report. Yes, Tomlin has led the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles, but they’ve made it to just one AFC championship game since their last title, losing last year to the Patriots, 36-17.

A source told PFT that the Steelers would be undefeated if they were coached by Bill Belichick.

Hyperbole aside, complaints about the job Tomlin did in Pittsburgh’s 45-42 loss to Jacksonville in Sunday’s divisional playoff game are legit.patriots_178_0d29839ed81ce256-180x180

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