Steelers News & Transactions Steelers Fire Running Back Coach James Saxon The Pittsburgh Steelers announced running back coach James Saxon will not be brought back for the 2019 season. Published 7 months ago on January 7, 2019 By Donnie Druin 2shares Share Tweet Flipboard Comment EmailThe wave of change promised by head coach Mike Tomlin continued on Monday afternoon, as the team announced the dismissal of running back coach James Saxon. “I have made the decision to not renew the contract for running backs coach James Saxon,” Tomlin said in a statement Monday “We would like to thank James for his efforts over the past five years, and we wish him the best in his future coaching endeavors.” The change is one many did not expect to see, since the Steelers running backs have played extremely well under Saxon’s guidance since joining the team in 2014. Despite James Conner’s superb second season and Jaylen Samuel’s flashes of excellence, Pittsburgh finished second to last in rushing yards gained. In many games last season, offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner abandoned the rushing attack early in games in favor of throwing the ball. Mention Steelers Now and save $10! Is Saxon being punished for decisions that weren’t his? His track record certainly claims so. From a strict numbers standpoint, however, Saxon failed to elevate his running back room as a whole in Bell’s absence. Tomlin promised change, and likely wanted to get fresh faces in valuable places inside the locker room. More change is expected to take place in the coming weeks. 2shares Share Tweet Flipboard Comment Email Related Topics:AFCfeaturedJames ConnerJames SaxonJaylen SamuelMike TomlinNFLPittsburgh SteelersRandy FichtnerSteelers Up Next Mike Munchak Likely to Stay With Steelers Don't Miss Report: Steelers, Roethlisberger to Restructure Deal Donnie Druin Continue Reading Advertisement You may like Steelers Sights and Sounds: Home Turf Exclusive with former Steelers QB Landry Jones Steelers Roster Projection after Preseason Week 2 Poll: Who Should Be Steelers Backup Quarterback? Trends Favor Mason Rudolph in Steelers Backup QB Battle Steelers All 91: C Patrick Morris Click to comment Leave a Reply This comment form is under antispam protection This comment form is under antispam protection Subscribe Notify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments Steelers Now in Your Mailbox! Enter your email address to subscribe and get notifications of new posts in your mailbox. Email Address Subscribe Latest Popular Videos Steelers4 hours ago Steelers Sights and Sounds: Home Turf Steelers6 hours ago Exclusive with former Steelers QB Landry Jones Steelers8 hours ago Steelers Roster Projection after Preseason Week 2 Steelers6 days ago Steelers All 91: ILB Tegray Scales Steelers2 days ago FINAL: Steelers 17, Kansas City Chiefs 7 Steelers4 days ago Steelers All 91: ILB Ulysees Gilbert III Steelers2 days ago From the Locker Room: Rudolph Critical of his Play, Hilton Compliments Burns Steelers1 week ago From the Locker Room: Dobbs, Washington React to Win Over Tampa Steelers2 weeks ago Steelers Camp Minute: Expectations are High Heading into Season Like us on Facebook! Like us on Facebook!