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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 15, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:52 pm

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

This is good looking at the fact that he studied under Ken Whisenhunt who was with the Steelers earlier in Roethlisbergers career, so maybe you could see a similar offense that they used in those seasons. <br />And considering the best players they have on offense are Wallace, Brown and Sanders you would hope we see a pass- heavy gameplan. The years Haley was in Arizona the pass was big, hopefully thats what happens rather than the "blue collar" type of team the owner wants. <br />You also have to consider that Haley wasn't that bad in KC, he got them to the playoffs and then this year major positions had big injuries, so you hope this is a good move for the steelers going forward.  <strong></strong>

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:42 pm

Report: Steelers to hire Todd Haley as OC

Wow, Peter King of said that he'd be persona non grata. I guess he was wrong. Big props to the Steelers to recognize a talent. There are numerous asssistant coaches who might become a good head coach, but there are only a few assistant coaches who can actually help the team. Todd Haley is one of them.

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