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Steelers OC Randy Fichtner Rips Struggling Receiver Donte Moncrief Over Dropped Balls

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 25:  Donte Moncrief #11 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up before a game against the Tennessee Titans in week three of preseason at Nissan Stadium on August 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Steelers defeated the Titans 18-6. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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When the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Donte Moncrief in the offseason, they probably thought he would prove to be a viable No.2 receiving option behind star JuJu Smith-Schuster.

However, Moncrief has statistically been the worst wideout in the entire NFL through the first two weeks of 2019. He dropped four balls in Pittsburgh's opener and followed that stinker up by botching a Mason Rudolph pass this past Sunday that led to the young quarterback's first career interception.

Moncrief's ineptitude has even boiled over into the Steelers locker room, as offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner didn't hesitate to rip into his new receiver when asked about his struggles.

Though Fichtner's critique might come off as a little harsh, what else do you want him to say here? He admirably opted to steer away from playing the all-too familiar mental card and saying something like "He'll get it cleaned up."

There's something to admire about him not giving a hoot about optics and calling it like he sees it.

We don't doubt that the 55-year-old OC's goal here is to light a fire under the former third-round pick's backside. The only thing we can do now is tune in on Sunday to see if his tough love coaching method pans out.