The interview that Mike Tomlin had with former Chiefs Head Coach Todd Haley is somewhat of a surprise to many. It’s not an issue with his ability to run an offense so much as is his inability to get a long with players and his overall coaching style. Haley’s team had a rash of injuries in 2011 and was ultimately fired by the Chiefs when they were at a 5-8 record on the season, but keep in mind he also led them to an AFC West Championship in 2010.
Haley has been known on numerous occasions to literally scream at his players on the sidelines during game, and not in the way we Steeler fans are used to hearing a coach scream. While some say that’s passion, and you could certainly argue that, the Steelers don’t normally go along with that style of coaching.
Bill Cowher was a fiery coach but when he yelled it was to motivate and encourage his team. Ah yes, sometimes I miss that spit flying, chin fest of a good ole fashioned Cowher “Let’s Go” cheer! I digress though…
This is Mike Tomlin’s time to make his first big mark on this coaching staff. He hit a home run by hiring former Defensive Back Carnell Lake as the Secondary coach before last season, now in an even more high profile position nobody can blame him for covering all the bases.
Gene Collier of the PG wrote a short article this morning about this very topic as well.
Former Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley, an Upper St. Clair native, is the latest candidate to interview for the Steelers’ vacant offensive coordinator position. But the possibility of him being hired to replace Bruce Arians seems remote.
Haley, the son of former Steelers personnel director Dick Haley, was at the South Side facility Tuesday to meet with coach Mike Tomlin — an interview uncharacteristically announced on the team’s website.
Haley is the second former head coach to interview for the position. Former Indianapolis Colts coach Jim Caldwell was at the Steelers facility Saturday. Caldwell never was offered the position and agreed Monday to become the Baltimore Ravens quarterbacks coach.
Haley’s interview was something of a surprise because he has a reputation for not getting along with players and coaches. He was the offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals when they lost against the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.
Meantime, Arians was announced Tuesday as the new offensive coordinator in Indianapolis, a move that came 10 days after the Steelers announced he had decided to retire. But Arians, 59, was not offered a contract to return in 2012 and never intended to retire. He considered several jobs, including quarterbacks coach in Arizona, before joining the Colts.
The Colts also announced they have signed former Steelers assistant offensive line coach Harold Goodwin as their offensive line coach.