|There seems to be some disagreement as to whether or not the Cardinals are interviewing Todd Haley. (US Presswire)|
Todd Haley's job interview in Arizona is off to a strange start.
Last week, it was reported that the Steelers offensive coordinator wasn't sure if he would interview for the Cardinals head coaching job because he apparently loves working for the Steelers. On Wednesday, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported that Haley would interview for the job.
“He is formerly a coordinator with Arizona and is thought of very highly by ownership,” La Canfora wrote.
Which sounded great and all. Until Haley's agent told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport this:
“The report is wrong,” Jerome Stanley said (editor's note: it's unclear if Stanley was referring to La Canfora's report). “I stand by my statement. Period. You can report that!"
Stanley's statement was that Haley -- who reportedly wanted to be sure he'd actually have a good chance to land the Cardinals job before sitting down with them -- was not interviewing in Arizona.
What say you, Steelers president Art Rooney?
So, all of this is weird, right? Why would Haley's agent, who you'd think would want Haley's name out there as much as possible, deny he was interviewing for a job, especially when the Steelers are saying it's true?
Well, there has been scuttlebutt in the past that Mike Tomlin's first choice for offensive coordinator last year was running backs coach Kirby Wilson -- who was badly burned in a fire in January 2012 and had to take a leave of absence -- and not Haley.
If Haley leaves Pittsburgh, Tomlin could promote Wilson to replace him.
Is all of this likely? Who knows, but with the turns this story has taken, nothing is inconceivable.
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