Earlier on Wednesday, three days after the Jaguars ended their season in stunning fashion, the Steelers parted ways with long-time offensive coordinator Todd Haley. By Wednesday night, they zeroed in on his replacement.
The Steelers will promote quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner to fill the vacancy, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora and multiple other reporters, including ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Gerry Dulac. La Canfora added that Ben Roethlisberger lobbied hard for Fichtner’s promotion.
He’s going to inherit a stacked offense. There’s Roethlisberger, who already has put retirement rumors to rest. There’s Le’Veon Bell (assuming he doesn’t retire), who might be the most complete back in football. There’s Antonio Brown, who might wind up being a top-five all-time receiver. And then there’s JuJu Smith-Schuster, who looks like a worthy receiver to play opposite of Brown. The Steelers have been a top-10 scoring offense in each of the past four seasons.
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It has been a busy couple of weeks for the Vikings. Earlier this month, the team filed to trademark Bring It Home, a phrase the Vikings started using when the playoffs began, a reference to the team trying to be the first to win the Super Bowl in its home stadium. The Vikings put Bring It Home towels on every seat for the game against the Saints.
The Vikings play the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
After a wild divisional round weekend that gave us two upsets, a miracle win in Minnesota and a Bortles-ing of the Steelers, the field is finally set for the AFC and NFC Championship Games.
This was a year ago. I wanted to retire from the NFL, and I really struggled. I couldn’t pick up a football for about eight months. I had no love for the game, and it was tough.