On Wednesday, Coach Mike Tomlin held his season ending press conference and was asked if there would be changes to his coaching staff this offseason.
“Change is a part of our business,” said Tomlin during his press conference. “I’ll acknowledge the possibility for that. We are just beginning the process of having those types of meaty discussions that usually produce changes or non-changes. It is that time of year. I anticipate those discussions happening and happening rather soon as we plot a course to move forward.”
The Steelers didn’t waste any time making decisions.
On Thursday morning the team announced that offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett and defensive backs coach Tom Bradley will not have their contracts renewed.
“I want to thank all three of the coaches for their commitment and dedication to the Pittsburgh Steelers,” said Tomlin in a statement on Thursday. “They have all played integral roles in our success and I am appreciative of their efforts. Personally, Randy and I have been in Pittsburgh since I hired him in 2007, but our relationship began well before that. He has been a friend of mine for years and wish his family nothing but the best, and I am eternally grateful for our relationship both on and off the field.”
Fichtner, who was hired in 2007, spent the last three seasons as the Steelers offensive coordinator. During two of those seasons (2018-19) he served the role of offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, while just holding the role of offensive coordinator in 2020. Prior to that he was the team’s quarterbacks coach from 2010-17 and the receivers coach from 2007-09.
Sarrett joined the Steelers in 2012 and was an offensive assistant for six seasons, from 2012-17. In 2018 he was promoted to assistant offensive line coach. Sarrett was named the team’s offensive line coach in 2019, a role he has held the last two seasons.
Bradley joined the Steelers in 2018 as the team’s defensive backs coach, a role he has held for three seasons. Bradley joined the team after a career coaching college football, including at Penn State University.