Steelers OC Randy Fichtner breaks down passing game without Antonio Brown
Our “Breakfast with Benz” podcast comes to you from Steelers training camp at Saint Vincent College.
Tribune-Review Steelers beat writer Joe Rutter and I caught up with Steelers offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner.
We covered a lot of ground, including a look at the passing tree without Antonio Brown in the mix for 2019. How much of Brown’s “X-receiver” role will JuJu Smith-Schuster absorb, as opposed to working out of other positions on the field?
Then, he breaks down how all the other eligible pass-catchers will work to offset Brown’s departure.
Fichtner admits some of the new-look passing game may end up being a bit more complicated for Ben Roethlisberger, but he hopes to offset that by being more balanced in 2019. His definition of “balance,” though, may be a bit different than yours or mine.
There’s a goal in mind for catches for Steelers running backs. Based on last year’s output, it’s within reach.
Fichtner also updates us on the progress of Roethlisberger’s backup, Josh Dobbs.