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Yeah, Let’s Keep Blaming Todd Haley For All of the Steelers’ Woes…


I know plenty of people want to blame Todd Haley for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 0-4 start to the 2013 regular season.  And honestly, I believe that Haley needs to shoulder some blame for what has occurred (less no-huddle, Isaac Redman involved in the running game, etc.).

However, it seems like everybody is so quick to blame the offensive coordinator for much of the team’s troubles instead of considering the following:


  • The defense has yet to force a turnover in 16 quarters…is that Haley’s fault?


  • The defense has racked up only four sacks in 16 quarters…is that Haley’s fault?


  • Ryan Clark is one of the least effective free safeties in professional football…is that Haley’s fault?


  • Most of Pittsburgh’s defenders cannot tackle on a consistent basis…is that Haley’s fault?


  • Dick LeBeau’s defense has been “figured out” and exploited by most of the league’s offensive coordinators and quarterbacks…is that Haley’s fault?


  • The run defense ranks in the mid-20′s…is that Haley’s fault?


  • Mike Adams is an absolute turnstile at left tackle…is that Haley’s fault?


  • The team arrived in London on Friday before their last game and looked jet-lagged and flat in the first half…is that Haley’s fault?


Look, I have been less than impressed with Haley since his arrival last season.  Yet I am not shoving unnecessary blame on Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator for problems which Mike Tomlin, Dick LeBeau, and numbers of the Steelers’ players deserve.

If the front office fires Haley at some point before the 2014 season begins, then I certainly cannot blame them.  I just hope they look to fire or cut others on this team who deserve just as much blame as their offensive coordinator for this team’s recent decline and future collapse.



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  • Kimmy

    I believe it was Dejan who said in his column that Adams can’t be categorized as a turnstile because at least those slow you down a bit. He’s more like a beaded curtain, just have to waive it out of your way to get through.

    • Justin

      That gave me a pretty good morning laugh.

  • Jamie Wilson42

    Your last two points are Haley’s fault. If Haley cannot be a good judge of talent, why is Mike Adams still the left tackle. The Steelers could have brought in more Tackle during the preseason (Haley’s fault). One of the coaches duties is to have his team ready to go at the opening kick off (Haley’s fault).
    The Steelers will NOT make the playoffs this season. They should take this time to play younger players to see if they are true NFL contributing material. Finally, and only being a Monday morning quarterback, the Steelers should have let Sanders go to New England for a third round pick. (Again, this is a very good example that the Steeler organization needs to have an internal review to be able to field a quality football team and to be able to judge best case results)

  • bk

    The current Gap between top tier NFL teams and the Steelers is huge.. How many points do you think Denver would torch them for at this point? 72? Only reason not would be if Manning took his foot off the gas at 60. At what point do they concede that this team
    needs a complete overhaul? See what picks you can get for the few marketable players the Steelers have… Would GB, Atl, or SF want Troy? Why make him suffer here for the rest of his career? I think he will retire at the end of this season if he has to come back
    for more of this (ALA Barry Sanders). Any takers for Woodley? I’ll bet NE would pony up for Heath or any of 3 Wr’s…What about Ben? He would have to be better than Palmer in AZ or whoever is in TB… get some picks, cut some salary, get new coaches and see if they can turn this train wreck around in 2-3 years… otherwise we are looking at 5-6..

  • TheWordofFaith1

    Yes the players are accountable. However, if the O Line is struggling because of poor coaching, poor play calling and poor program all around from the O Coordinator then the majority of the blame IS on Haley!
    Haley’s offense program has been confusing, not readily accepted and has not got the support or respect of the players. Face it he is not a good fit here in Pittsburgh. If we keep shielding him because the Rooney’s wanted him then he gets away with his failures! Fire Todd Haley

    • Dan Riedel

      I agree. A good o coord can take a bad front line and keep the blitz away from the QB (hurry up offense, quick strikes, mixed in with TIMELY runs – running up the middle the first 3 plays of the game won’t cut it).

      Haley would rather chuck it down-field 15 yards to one of the four receivers he sent out deep.

      Before you can throw deep balls with a crap line, you have to get the other team to stop blitzing. You have to throw short passes and have MULTIPLE dudes available, not just one.

      Arians figured this out his last year with Pittsburgh, and guess what? The Steelers beat the Patriots handily – WITH TOM BRADY PLAYING!

      Stop making excuses for Haley’s failure. Sure, there are other flaws, but Haley’s hiring was THE BEGINNING OF THE PROBLEMS. And so, he must be fired before fixing all else.

      • TheWordofFaith1

        yes this idea of harping on turnovers and missed plays etc, blame Ben or O line but leave Haley alone as if his play calling or coaching is never at fault! If the foundation is faulty so will the application of that foundation. Fire Todd Haley he is a sorry coach!

  • Patrick Crandall

    Here’s a Todd Haley hypothetical for you!

    Todd Haley called 2 pass plays within the opponents 5-yard line. (one play was a “Mike Wallace throwback”, corner throw to HEATH MILLER…wtf?). That failed drive can be directly attributed to Todd Haley calling for two passes in a clear RUN THE BALL situation. This resulted in a field goal, instead of an easy touchdown.


    Big ben and the Offense is desperate; they MUST score a game tying touchdown with the clock running low.. IF Todd Haley had run the ball and scored instead of those two pass plays, it would have been a THREE POINT GAME.

    Instead of desperately stretching for a TD; the Steelers could have been kicking the game tying field goal!Think about that.