Steelers tap Fichtner as quarterbacks coach
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
By Chuck Finder, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Steelers today reshuffled one coaching assignment to provide Ben Roethlisberger with a new quarterbacks coach and added a potential special-team tackler.
As expected, team officials formally announced that third-year receivers coach Randy Fichtner will move to quarterbacks coach, replacing Ken Anderson, who retired at season's end.
Fichtner coached quarterbacks at Memphis from 1990-93 and 2001-06, when he was also offensive coordinator, plus from 1997-2000 at Arkansas State, where he worked with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.
The Steelers also signed another Canadian Football League player to bolster their special teams. The club announced today it signed linebacker Derrick Doggett, a 6-foot, 210-pound undrafted free agent from Oregon State who made 27 tackles on special teams with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2009. He played the season earlier with the Edmonton Eskimos. He collected nine tackles and one interception as a linebacker.
The Associated Press also reported today, citing an unnamed source, that Green Bay Packers executive John Schneider has been named the new general manager with Pete Carroll's Seattle Seahawks -- a position for which Steelers lead negotiator and salary cap monitor Omar Khan was a finalist.