3 Most Likely Replacements for Steelers Offensive Coordinator Randy Fichtner
It was announced on Thursday morning that the Pittsburgh Steelers will be moving on from offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner. His contract is up, and the team will not offer him a new deal.
Fichtner has been Pittsburgh's OC since 2018, when he was promoted from the quarterback coach spot, and his absence leaves an obvious hole that needs to be filled in Mike Tomlin's coaching staff.
Here are the three most likely replacements for Fichtner as the Steelers' offensive coordinator.
1. Matt Canada, Steelers' QB Coach
Matt Canada has only been the Steelers' quarterbacks coach for one year, but he could follow in Fichtner's footsteps by making the jump from the QB coach role to OC. Canada has experience coaching in bigger roles, having served as an OC at the NCAA level from 2007 to 2018, coaching at LSU and Wisconsin, among other schools.
2. Mike Kafka, Chiefs' QB Coach
At this point it looks like the only thing that could stop Mike Kafka from being an NFL offensive coordinator next season is the potential that he skips the OC job altogether and lands a head coaching gig. If someone does hire Kafka as an offensive coordinator it will likely be with the understanding that they may only have him for a year or two (before he moves on to be a head coach), but that might not bother the Steelers much, considering they still have a roster built to contend in the short-term.
3. Mike LaFleur, 49ers Passing Game Coordinator
Kyle Shanahan gets all the praise for what he has managed to do without much big-name talent in the San Francisco 49ers' offense, but Mike LaFleur deserves some credit as well. The wide receivers coach in 2017 and 2018 then passing game coordinator in the last two seasons, LaFleur is a young coach with an already promising resume. If the Steelers expect to be playing without Ben Roethlisberger and decided to take a long-term view with their offseason moves, bringing in a guy like LaFleur could make a ton of sense.
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