Randy Fichtner Should Become the Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Coordinator

Jack Windham@wr_revealedAnalyst IJanuary 20, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 23:  Head Coach Mike Tomlin, on right, and Quarterbacks Coach Randy Fichtner of the Pittsburgh Steelers high five after a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 23, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. Steelers won 32-20.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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While there are hotter girls walking around outside, sometimes, the best bet is to stick with what you already have at home.

The Pittsburgh Steelers should promote Randy Fichtner to offensive coordinator.

The position opened up earlier today when it was announced that longtime assistant Bruce Arians was retiring. The team had spent the last few days waiting for a decision to be made.

Kirby Wilson, the team's running backs coach, was next in line for the position. However, football is the last thing on his mind right now. He's currently fighting for his life after suffering severe burn injuries during a house fire. His health is the main priority.

That leaves Fichtner as a good candidate.

First and foremost, he's in-house. Teams that are capable of getting into the playoffs should not make major changes. With Fichtner familiar with the offensive scheme, the players should be able to adapt much more easily to him than to an offensive coordinator brought in from the outside.

Secondly, Fichtner is in the comfort zone already with the Steelers. He's extremely close to star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is taking the coach and his wife with him to the Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Fichtner is also close to head coach Mike Tomlin, having been on his staff since 2007. Plus, the two worked together as assistants at Arkansas State. That type of familiarity goes a lot further than what the casual fan will notice.

In terms of schematics, Fichtner prefers a wide open offense. While most fans would prefer a return to the power rushing game, Roethlisberger is comfortable with that style of play. His comfort is much more important than what the fans want.

Steelers need to make it happen. Promote Fichtner.