Steelers’ Fichtner might move from WR to QB coach

Steelers receivers coach Randy Fichtner is strongly considering a move to the team’s vacant QB coach position, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Pittsburgh’s former QB coach, Ken Anderson, left the organization shortly after the season.

Fichtner, who has coached the Steelers’ receivers for the last three years with great success, has a history of working with quarterbacks at the college level. He installed the spread offense at Memphis during his six years there as offensive coordinator/QB coach.

Should the Steelers make this move, as expected, the team still would need to hire a receivers coach and a special teams coach. Pittsburgh has targeted Washington’s Danny Smith for the special teams job, but the Redskins refused to allow him to interview, according to league sources.

Smith has one year left on his deal with Washington and would figure to receive an extension. The Lions and Seahawks also asked for permission to interview Smith.

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