NFL Coaching Rumors Roundup: Steelers Identify Favorite For OC, Dolphins Hire RBs Coach, And More

The NFL coaching rumors are buzzing the past days with hirings, firings, and interviews. The Pittsburgh Steelers stole the headlines today with their coaching news and in today's rumors roundup there is more Steelers news to cover. Here are the latest NFL coaching news and rumors you need to know.

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Randy Fichtner Favorite For Steelers OC Job
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports, Steelers quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner is the "favorite" to be promoted to offensive coordinator. This is coming after Rapoport reported the Steelers are allowing offensive coordinator Todd Haley to walk away from his contract.

Communication between Haley and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had worsened and it's the reason why Fichter was moved from the coaches booth to the sidelines during the season. The move was Roethlisberger's idea and head coach Mike Tomlin supported it.

Fichtner and Roethlisberger have a good relationship, which may be a reason for the likely hire. Fichtner has coached with the Steelers since 2007 and has been the team's quarterbacks coach since 2010.

Dolphins Hire Eric Studesville
The Miami Dolphins hired ex-Denver Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville as the team's RBs coach and run-game coordinator, according to

After he was fired from the Broncos, Studesville interviewed for the New York Giants head coaching vacancy. He was never considered a serious position for the Giants position though.

Studesville will rejoin head coach Adam Gase after the two worked together in Denver. 

Bears Interviewing  Todd Downing
According to Brad Briggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Bears will interview ex-Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing for their quarterback's coach vacancy.

Chicago has a bunch of new faces in its coaching staff with head coach Matt Nagy, and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich. Despite his struggles with the Raiders, Downing is given a lot of credit for the development of quarterback Derek Carr when he was the quarterback's coach from 2015-16.

If hired by the Bears, his new project will be the development of second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

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