The Steelers chose not to renew Haley's contract on Wednesday, three days after the AFC North champions were ushered out of the playoffs in a 45-42 divisional round loss to Jacksonville. Fichtner previously worked with Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin in the late 1990s when both were assistants at Arkansas State. Given his ongoing success, a lot of people around the National Football League would think Pittsburgh insane for cutting Tomlin loose, and you could be sure he'd have his pick of head coaching gigs elsewhere the following season. Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan sent a bottle of wine to Cam Newton after the Saints beat the Panthers in the Wild Card round, now Roethlisberger has pastries.
Asked if he believes the pieces are in place for the current core to take the step that's proven elusive, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he "absolutely" does while promising to return for a 15th season. "We can play them in hell, we can play them in Haiti, we can play them in New England".
"I don't know what to say about that". Going 13-3, a lot of bullseyes are on your back.
But during his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Roethlisberger said he doesn't have permission to change plays at the line.
In Haley's final season as Steelers OC, Pittsburgh would finish eighth and third in points and yards, respectively. Again, I'm not one who has an issue with a team being like that.More news: SC police say officer shot, killed in ambush
But the Steelers have had too many postseason shortcomings.
Fichtner, 54, has served as the Steelers' quarterbacks coach since 2010.
It's unlikely the Steelers will make a move, especially considering there's no obvious successor to plug in.
A look at what went wrong and what may be in store between now and when the Steelers report for organized team activities in May.
Regardless, a championship window with several star players closes for another year.