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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: Jan 25, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:47 pm
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

Wow that is pretty shocking.   Todd has trouble getting along with players and never played organized football at even a varsity level.  He was only succesful as an OC when the Whiz was his head coach and when he had success as a WR coach he had great WRs prior to getting hired.  I have bad feeling we'll be missing Arians before too long.


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Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:41 pm
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Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:46 pm
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

Don't blame Haley for not having a pass offense higher than 25th. You need a QB to finnish higher.Matt Cassel had an outlier of a year in New England and his true ability is evident in the Chiefs offense. Similiar situation with Kolb. Has a couple good games in Philly and he was the hottest pickup last year.



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:21 pm
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

hopefully he'll shower & shave 1st ;)  In all seriousness the guy is solid enough but he's got issue's co existing with the players.....I can't see any team player on the Steelers putting up with any bull shit from Todd!



Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:33 pm
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

We'll see........he is young enough and bright enough.....and has the advantage of being a head coach in the NFL.....the Steelers need an O line ...PERIOD!!!......without some top flight O guards and tackles....whom ever the coach ends up being ...is a moot point.



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:33 pm
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

I got a great Idea since Arizona sucks and Ken Whisenhunt is going to get fired before long anyway (Just saying) why don't Ken retire and come home. Anyway Ben's the OC of the Steelers until he retires either way.




Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:26 pm
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

Welcome to Pittsburgh Haley - now help us to win a super bowl!



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:25 pm
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

LOL the steelers are done. Haley sucks



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:18 pm
 

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

However, Rooney's final assessment for the 2011 season was tha tthe steelers DID NOT RUN THE BALL EFFECTIVELY and wants to return to that style of play.  Granted, you can't score points by the boatload without having a pass heavy offense btu thsi contradicts what rooney was talking about.  I'll reserve judgement on this until haley is actually hired and when the season starts.  His ego better be kept in check or he'll be outta there...


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