NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora has been busy tonight, as he always is, tweeting up that Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin has been making phone calls to inquire about former Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley and former Bills Offensive Coordinator Alex Van Pelt. Haley would be in the running for the teams’ vacant Offensive Coordinator position. It’s possible also that Van Pelt could be the team’s new Quarterback’s Coach should Tomlin decide to stay in house and stick with Randy Fichtner.-Mike Tomlin has been making calls gathering info on Todd Haley. Could emerge as OC candidate with Steelers #insideslant -Alex Van Pelt interviewing with Bears for QB coach job. Rams, Colts and Steelers have inquired as well
Todd Haley has ties to Pittsburgh, as his father Dick Haley was the Director of Player Personnel for the Steelers (1971–1990). Haley was an assistant coach with the Jets starting in 1995 and then worked his way through the Bears, Cowboys, and Cardinals before landing the Head Coaching job in Kansas City in 2009.
Alex Van Pelt was originally drafted by the Steelers in the 8th round in 1993 but never made the gameday roster. Van Pelt started his coaching career as the QB Coach for the now defunct NFL Europe’s Frankfurt Galaxy in 1995. He was hired as the Bill’s Offensive Quality Control Coach in 2006, and then promoted to QB Coach in 2008. Finally in 2009 he was promoted again to Offensive Coordinator. In January 2010 he was let go by the Bills and then signed on as QB Coach for Tampa Bay, but when Head Coach Raheem Morris was fired this month, his staff was too.
The Pittsburgh Trib is also reporting that Tom Clements is in the mix as well, as most of us have thought right from the beginning. Clements has been coaching Quarterbacks and working with offenses since 1992 when he started out his career with Notre Dame. His resume of working with quality NFL Quarterbacks includes Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers, and Matt Flynn most recently. He’s has ties to Pittsburgh in the past as he was the QB coach from 2001-2003 where he worked with Kordell Stewart, Tommy Maddox both of whom made the pro bowl.