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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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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 6:39 am
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

Ravens 1113, 
Hows your Kicker doing?, tell Harbaugh to fake the extrapoint next year against the Steelers see how you season ends up.  Last i checked your defense has some guys a little long in the tooth also.


sexylollytall
Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:43 am
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DawgMeat
Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:19 am
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Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:21 am
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

Talk about a downgrade. I'd figure this is the last guy the Steelers would consider hiring for an OC position. Makes it that much easier for my Ravens to swat around the Steelers next year I guess. A Kurt Warner/Larry Fitzgerald/Anquan Boldin trio is far superior to a Big Ben/Mike Wallace/Antonio Brown trio. Pittsburgh better pray that their defense recaptures it's old glory and dominance it once owned for years, or else they are in trouble. 


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Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 1:06 am
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Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2012 12:38 am
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

Somewhere on a beach Marvin Lewis and John Harbaugh are smiling.


sugarcupid888
Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 12:20 am
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Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:58 pm
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

sure am surprised that anybody hired haley. he is not tht good an offensive coordintor. he cant get along with anybody. having said that rothlisberger is good enough that he will win in spite of haley. doesnt matter what the play id. rothlisberger does his best work on busted plays. that, and the good defense will make the seelers winners.


sexylollytall
Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 11:14 pm
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Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:58 pm
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

Not shocked to see the Steelers go after a former HC, but Todd Haley doesn't seem like a good match. If anything the Chiefs lacked strong play calling and reason that they promoted a DC. Just seems strange to kick Arians to the curb to bring in Haley? Just saying...


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