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Quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner, 49, likely would be Ben Roethlisberger's top choice to replace Haley.
When the Steelers were searching for Bruce Arians' replacement in 2012, Roethlisberger might have gone to bat for Fichtner, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
Considering Haley wasn't Roethlisberger's choice, it wouldn't be a bad idea for the Steelers to let their franchise quarterback have some say in choosing Haley's replacement.
According to Scott Brown of ESPN.com, Roethlisberger has asked Fichtner to stay in Pittsburgh when he's been mentioned as a candidate for college coaching jobs.
"I would never want another quarterback coach," Roethlisberger said.
Fichtner has been the Steelers' quarterbacks coach since 2010. During Roethlisberger's first three years with Fichtner as his position coach, he threw 27 interceptions. That's the second-fewest among any quarterback with at least 40 starts during that time, according to Steelers.com.
This season, Roethlisberger hasn't thrown an interception in three straight games and is on pace to throw for a career-high 4,500 yards.
Another plus for Fichtner is the fact he's coached multiple positions for the Steelers.
Before becoming quarterbacks coach in 2010. Fichtner was the Steelers' receivers coach from 2007-2009. He oversaw the quick development of Mike Wallace, who led AFC rookies with 756 receiving yards in 2009, according to Steelers.com.
Fichtner was the offensive coordinator at the University of Memphis before Mike Tomlin hired him in 2007.
In 2004, the Tigers were ninth in the nation in total offense and 10th in scoring. They went to three straight bowl games from 2003-2005.
Memphis accomplished all this with a spread offense installed by Fichtner, another reason Roethlisberger would advocate hiring him to run the Steelers offense.