The Fixer – Randy Fichtner/Offensive Coordinator
When the Steelers jettisoned Toad “No QB Sneak” Haley to purgatory, aka Cleveland (since jettison from there to the outer-lands) and promoted Randy Fichtner to replace him; there was a city-wide concern (including StrapUp) about the first year coordinators ability to handle the job. Even with his close relationship with Big Ben, since his drafting into the organization, there were doubts about how Fichtner would implement his style. Questions concerning how he would see the game or if he was able to make in-game adjustments as well as if he could find the proper rhythm.
Let StrapUp tell you what had happened to see, “The Fixer” had fixed the Steelers offense to the tune of fiddy-two points the other night in front of a national audience. Those Panthers should have been bobbing instead of weaving and weaving instead of bobbing.
They stacked the “defensive box” (four down linemen and three linebackers and the occasional safety which are the seven to eight players closest to the line of scrimmage) looking for the Steelers to run. “The Fixer,” said, “Well, I’ll fix that, I will pass, hit em with da bomb right out the gate.” Bam! Number 19 Juju on da’ beat to da’ house for seven.
Then the Panthers backed off and tried to cover the pass with seven defensive backs, but the Fixer said, “aha, got you now where I want you, you little southern critters, say hello to my lil friend, James “the Terminator” Connors! The offense has been so explosive this year that everybody has had the chance to “eat” and be merry, here, here, delee, delee.
AB, you hungry, will these ten touchdowns so far fill you up for now? Juju, you hungry, will these eight hundred yards fill you up for the time being? Connors, what do you want to eat other than the ten touchdowns, 771 yds. rushing and 387 yards receiving, can that hold you for now? Wait a minute, wait a minute, Vance and the outlaw Jesse James, those almost combine crucial 800 yds. and four touchdowns, are they keeping your whistles wet so far? No worries everybody, “The Fixer” is just getting started and as the song goes, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”
Needless to say, Steeler fans, “The Fixer” has fixed the Steelers offense to the tune of averaging 31 points a game and over 400 yards per game for the year so far. The rhythm of his play calling has been on point and Dude is… killing it!