Fichtner takes over as Steelers' quarterbacks coach

Randy Fichtner is switching roles on the Pittsburgh Steelers' coaching staff, taking over as quarterbacks coach after previously tutoring the wide receivers.

Ken Anderson, the quarterbacks coach for the last three seasons under Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, retired at the end of the season.

Fichtner, who has coached the Steelers' receivers for the last three years with great success, has a history of working with quarterbacks at the college level. He installed the spread offense at Memphis during his years there (1990-93 and 2001-06) as offensive coordinator/QB coach.

Fichtner was the quarterbacks coach at Arkansas State from 1997 to 2000, when he first worked with Tomlin.

Fichtner also coached at Purdue, where he was in charge of recruiting and coaching the wide receivers. He joined Tomlin's staff in 2007.

The Steelers need to hire a receivers and special teams coach. NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported Tuesday that Pittsburgh targeted Washington's Danny Smith for the special teams job, but the Redskins refused to allow him to interview, according to league sources.

Smith has one year left on his deal with Washington and would figure to receive an extension. The Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks also asked for permission to interview Smith.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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