In a statement released from the team’s official site, Mike Tomlin interviewed potential Offensive Coordinator candidate Todd Haley. As we’ve talked about at length here on SteelerAddicts, this one seems like an odd sort of choice if you ask me. Sure the ties to Pittsburgh are there but many Steeler fans are concerned with the demeanor in which Haley interacts with the players. Is he the right fit for the job, is this just due diligence with Randy Fichtner or Tom Clements still the front runners?
We’ll have to wait and see but clearly Tomlin thought enough of Haley to invite him to the teams’ training facility today. The fact that the team announced in an official capacity that they interviewed Todd Haley is somewhat out of character too. Perhaps it means Haley is the favorite right now, or maybe they just want to limit speculation by the media and fans if/when Haley talks to the press about his trip to Pittsburgh.
One of the biggest topics was sure to be improving the Steelers redzone scoring percentage as well as overall scoring especially in the 2nd half of games. If I’m Todd Haley I’m asking Mike Tomlin, what about the Offensive Line too, if you want me to coach this offense you need to get me more quality blockers.
Coach Mike Tomlin continued his search for an offensive coordinator when he interviewed Todd Haley today at the team’s practice facility.
The Steelers are looking for an offensive coordinator to replace Bruce Arians.
Haley, 45 on Feb. 28, most recently worked in the NFL as the coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Hired there in 2009, Haley took the Chiefs to the AFC West title in 2010 but was fired 13 games into the 2011 season with Kansas City at 5-8.
Before being hired in Kansas City, Haley worked as an NFL assistant for four different teams over a 10-year span. He started as a wide receivers coach with the New York Jets in 1999; moved to Chicago to coach the Bears wide receivers in 2001; became the wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator in Dallas in 2004; and then was hired as Arizona’s offensive coordinator in 2007.
Haley is the son of Dick Haley, a Steelers defensive back from 1961-64 who went on to team with Art Rooney Jr. and Bill Nunn to head up the personnel department that built the four-time Super Bowl championship teams of the 1970s.