Steelers quarterbacks get special attention from new coach |

Steelers quarterbacks get special attention from new coach

Chris Adamski
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws during minicamp June 12, 2018 at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

The Steelers became one of only a handful of teams in the NFL that do not have a dedicated quarterbacks coach when they promoted Randy Fichter to offensive coordinator. Fichter, who officially still holds the title of quarterbacks coach in addition to his coordinator duties, noted that he has some help in relating to the Steelers’ four quarterbacks.

Matt Symmes was added as a coaching assistant this season.

“Matt Symmes is working with us now, and he’s doing a lot of the quality-control type things,” Fichtner said. “(But) he has a quarterback background, so you’ll see him at times in individual periods and at times when I potentially have to do other things, he’s talking, guys are working with him. So it’s a nice way to work out that relationship — and we are working those kinks out, too.”

Symmes most recently was a graduate assistant the past two seasons at the University of South Carolina, where he worked closely with the quarterbacks. Symmes is a Duke alum who also spent time as a graduate assistant at Duke, Florida and Indiana.

Fichtner was a member of Mike Tomlin’s original staff in 2007. He’s been the Steelers’ quarterbacks coach since 2010.

The Steelers have two quarterbacks on their roster that they drafted in the past two drafts: Josh Dobbs last year and Madon Rudolph in April.

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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