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 2 months 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 Steelers sign LB Mark Barron What Steven Nelson Brings to Steelers Secondary Steelers Weighing Plenty of Options at Michigan Pro Day Donte Moncrief has Upside Steelers Re-Sign WR Eli Rogers, DL Daniel McCullers Mic Drop: Bell Bet on Himself and Lost 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 Steelers News & Transactions16 hours ago Steelers sign LB Mark Barron Steelers2 days ago What Steven Nelson Brings to Steelers Secondary NFL Draft2 days ago Steelers Weighing Plenty of Options at Michigan Pro Day Steelers3 days ago Donte Moncrief has Upside Steelers4 days ago Steelers Re-Sign WR Eli Rogers, DL Daniel McCullers Steelers4 days ago Steelers Sign WR Donte Moncrief NFL Draft2 days ago Steelers Weighing Plenty of Options at Michigan Pro Day NFL5 days ago Steelers Should Use Added Draft Picks to Move Up Steelers6 days ago Steelers Sign CB Steve Nelson Steelers3 days ago Donte Moncrief has Upside Steelers Talk4 days ago Mic Drop: Bell Bet on Himself and Lost Steelers Talk1 week ago Mic Drop: Antonio Brown Won Drama with Steelers Steelers Talk2 weeks ago Mic Drop: Steelers Need to Take Best Offer for AB NFL Draft2 weeks ago WVU QB Will Grier NFL Combine 3/1/19 NFL Draft2 weeks ago WVU WR David Sills NFL Combine 3/1/19 Like us on Facebook! Like us on Facebook!