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Steelers hire Todd Haley as OC

Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:21 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 2:26 pm
 
Haley's taking his old boss' old job in Pittsburgh. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Todd Haley's going to have a new gig in 2012 and it's a pretty good one: he's headed to Pittsburgh to take over as offensive coordinator after Bruce Arians recently "retired" to take the Colts job.

“I am excited about the opportunity to come back home and work for a tremendous organization,” Haley said in a statement. “It is an honor to work with the Rooney family and Coach Tomlin and continue the success that has become synonymous with the Steelers. My father has so many fond memories both from his playing days and his time in the personnel department with the team, and I look forward to helping bring more championships to Pittsburgh and to being a part of one of the storied franchises in the NFL.”

When Haley was head coach of the Chiefs, his team never finished with a passing offense ranked any higher than 25th. And Haley topped out at ranking 18th in passing attempts in his first year in KC.

But while he was with the Cardinals, under former Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, Haley slung the ball around like crazy. Arizona, at the time with Kurt Warner, finished second in passing attempts both seasons and was top 10 in the league in points scored both seasons.

Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders provide a much closer approximation to those Warner teams than Matt Cassell and Dwayne Bowe do.

We'd heard word that Haley was interviewing with the Cards, but also that Haley didn't want to take anything less than a coordinator job. Pittsburgh gives him a fantastically soft landing spot after a rough tenure with KC.

It also means that both Roethlisberger (unhappy with Arians departure) and Art Rooney (wanting more points) should be happy. So it's a great fit, as long as there aren't any big ego clashes and the Steelers don't bug Haley's cell phone. Allegedly.

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qingpoot
Since: Feb 7, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:48 am
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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:25 am
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

If the Steelers can keep Ben upright and not getting killed on every other play, they will be more than fine.......draft lineman now......both sides of the ball........lineman......you can get away with crappy corners if your line holds up and can get a little pressure on their own.  Ngata with the Ravens is a prime example of that.......



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:17 am
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

Ravens1113, your jealousy of our the Steeler's success and class shows through in your posts.  Those are two things your organization will never surpass us on. 



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:10 am
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

I think Haley will do a fine job in Pittsburgh. His problem in KC was that he wanted to be HC and OC at the same time. IMHO, he's far better suited to be an OC. Pittsburgh is a veteran team with plenty of explosive and talented players. Just think back to how good Arizona was wth a healthy Kurt Warner and explosive players. I wish Haley the best and think Pittsburgh made a nice hire.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:08 am
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

I think Haley will do a fine job in Pittsburgh. His problem in KC was that he wanted to be HC and OC at the same time. IMHO, he's far better suited to be an OC. Pittsburgh is a veteran team with plenty of explosive and talented players. Just think back to how good Arizona was wth a healthy Kurt Warner and explosive players. I wish Haley the best and think Pittsburgh made a nice hire.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:08 am
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

I think Haley will do a fine job in Pittsburgh. His problem in KC was that he wanted to be HC and OC at the same time. IMHO, he's far better suited to be an OC. Pittsburgh is a veteran team with plenty of explosive and talented players. Just think back to how good Arizona was wth a healthy Kurt Warner and explosive players. I wish Haley the best and think Pittsburgh made a nice hire.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:07 am
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

I think Haley will do a fine job in Pittsburgh. His problem in KC was that he wanted to be HC and OC at the same time. IMHO, he's far better suited to be an OC. Pittsburgh is a veteran team with plenty of explosive and talented players. Just think back to how good Arizona was wth a healthy Kurt Warner and explosive players. I wish Haley the best and think Pittsburgh made a nice hire.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 9:07 am
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

I think Haley will do a fine job in Pittsburgh. His problem in KC was that he wanted to be HC and OC at the same time. IMHO, he's far better suited to be an OC. Pittsburgh is a veteran team with plenty of explosive and talented players. Just think back to how good Arizona was wth a healthy Kurt Warner and explosive players. I wish Haley the best and think Pittsburgh made a nice hire.



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2012 7:59 am
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

     Toad Haley sucks and the Steelers will wish they had Bruce Arians back.   And the Ravens will take the Steelers to the woodshed two more times next season.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 7:39 am
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

On paper, this seems like a downgrade. I don't get it, but I guess we'll see what happens next year. Maybe it could work out.


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