Steelers fine without a QBs coach for now

Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, shown here during last Tuesday's practice, served as the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach last season.Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (file photo)

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of four NFL teams that do not employ a quarterbacks coach.

The Steelers promoted former quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner to offensive coordinator this offseason and opted to leave the position vacant. The Steelers have experience at the quarterback position, led by the 36-year-old Ben Roethlisberger.

“It’s a fine line because he wants to coach and be involved with the young guys, but he has to be ready to give me the next play in practice or whoever it is,” Roethlisberger said, via The Athletic. “It is something that we may just keep an eye on. I understand that he doesn’t want to break up that room and how it works and all that.”

Roethlisberger played in every game in 2017 until sitting out the regular-season finale and earned his sixth Pro Bowl selection, throwing for 4,251 yards with 28 touchdowns versus 14 interceptions. He also became the first quarterback in history with three 500-yard games.

Backup Landry Jones is set to enter his seventh season in the league while third-round rookie Mason Rudolph is still learning his way.

“Maybe that will be something you explore down the road,” Fichtner said. “When you are not working with a veteran quarterback and I will throw Landry Jones into that because we’ve been together for six years. There is some natural communication that already takes place. It might be eye contact. Something might not even be said. It’s a look sometimes. You know how you give your kid a look when they made a mistake and they knew?

“… I think there might be value about that in the end. Right now, the value in that is direct communication in that room of the expectations of what we are trying to do as a whole.”

The New England Patriots, New York Giants and New York Jets also do not employ a quarterbacks coach.