Steelers News 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 1 week ago on January 7, 2019 By Donnie Druin 2shares Share Tweet Flipboard Reddit 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. 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 Reddit 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 You may like Art Rooney II Opens up on Bell, Brown, Tomlin and More Troy Polamalu Elected to College Football Hall of Fame Buccaneers Hire Former Steeler Randle El Mic Drop: Munchak Leaving for Broncos Speaks to Steelers Mess Steelers Confident in New OL Coach Shaun Sarrett Mike Munchak Leaving Steelers for Same Position With Broncos 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 Latest Popular Videos Steelers1 hour ago T.J. Watt Named to the 2019 Pro Bowl Team Steelers23 hours ago Art Rooney II Opens up on Bell, Brown, Tomlin and More Steelers History2 days ago Troy Polamalu Elected to College Football Hall of Fame NFL2 days ago Buccaneers Hire Former Steeler Randle El Steelers Talk2 days ago Mic Drop: Munchak Leaving for Broncos Speaks to Steelers Mess Steelers7 days ago Antonio Brown Trade Inevitable After Rooney Comments Steelers5 days ago The Steelers 2019 Draft Could Determine Future of Franchise Steelers4 days ago Is Ben Roethlisberger a Bad Teammate? Ex-Teammates, Poll Say Yes Steelers News6 days ago Steelers Hire Pitt Alum, Sharon Native Teryl Austin Steelers6 days ago Which Teams Could be a Good Match for Steelers/Antonio Brown Trade? Steelers Talk6 days ago Mic Drop: Trade Tomlin, Promote Munchak Steelers Talk1 week ago Mic Drop: Gregg Williams Should Replace Keith Butler Steelers Talk2 weeks ago Mic Drop: Joey Porter Gone, More Steelers Change Coming Steelers Talk2 weeks ago Mic Drop: Steelers Must Trade Antonio Brown Mike Tomlin Press Conference2 weeks ago Mike Tomlin End of Season Press Conference 1/2/19 Like us on Facebook! Like us on Facebook!