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Rapoport: Steelers Will Reportedly Keep Todd Haley


 

Well, it looks like Pittsburgh’s 6-2 surge down the stretch was enough to save offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s job according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:

 

 

 

 

Although I disagree with Haley being retained, this particular move does not come as a shock to me. Moreover, it does not surprise me that the use of more no-huddle and guys like Tomlin and Wilson being more involved led to the offense looking better during the second half of the 2013 regular season either. Remember, this was an offense which scored only 20 points three times during their 2-6 start.

After Haley took, or was forced to take, the training wheels off of the offense, Pittsburgh finished the season with a 6-2 mark and scored at least 20 points in all eight of those games. Although his use of extra tight ends over more explosive wide receivers was maddening to watch, the fact that a quarterback of Roethlisberger’s caliber was unable to thrive in his no-huddle element early in the season was nothing short of ridiculous.

With Haley reportedly staying, I just hope that him and the rest of his offensive coaches are more willing to spread things out and let Roethlisberger turn things loose through the air next fall. Creating matchup issues outside the hashes and in the slot takes potential defenders out of the box, and a running back of Le’Veon Bell’s caliber could thrive in that type of offensive attack as well.

Pittsburgh has the offensive personnel to be a much more productive unit, so the pressure will be on Haley and the rest of his staff to lead this unit in the right direction. The Steelers are 16-16 over the last two seasons, and mediocrity of that type should not sit well with the organization. Thus, 2014 could be Haley’s last chance to turn the offense into a consistent force. Otherwise, the golf coach could be looking for a new job by the time the 2015 campaign rolls around.

 

 

 

 

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  • Wayne Darby

    In the same video that Ian Rapoport reported this, he also said Munchak would be back with Tennessee…..Hope they keep Haley but you can’t believe what this moron says.

  • Charles Carfagno

    What can you do…. I just hope they continue to allow Ben to have a major input and become better situational play callers and time clock managers. Still scratching my head over getting rid of the line coach. His squad got better too.

    • Robert Alaniz

      The squad became better because another coach became more involved. That sealed his fate along with his only highlight was having Pouncey’s knee blown out when running the scheme.

  • Carl Eagan

    Dom ignors that it was Tomlin since 2008 who publicly said he didn’t like to use the no-huddle. He also thinks it’s a good thing that Tomlin is involved in the offensive game plan like that just started to happen before game 9 of the season. He must have missed Tomlin’s interview after game 3 or 4 where Tomlin claimed to be involved in all phases of game planning and makes calls as he see’s fit just like any average NFL head coach. Wow what a revelation, an offensive assistant coach having input in the game planning bet no other team does that. Haley is here and staying because Ben thrives under him. The no-huddle became the norm because someone upstairs sat Tomlin down and told him they didn’t care if he liked the no-huddle or not, start using it. Not saying Haley doesn’t make mistakes as he does and according to Dom thats unlike every other OC in the league, but Haley is also saddled with the players Tomlin brings in Guy Whimper comes to mind. He’s also saddled with Tomlin appointing starters before a snap is made Mike Adams at left tackle instead of at right tackle with Gilbert either as a back-up or cut. Upgrading this team offensively and defensively is to get rid of Tomlin but thats not going to happen the Rooney’s don’t have the integrity to admit their experiment failed. So the next best thing is to tell him to stop getting involved.

  • Rick Eger

    Ian did anyone ask you before retaining Hayley? I guess the Rooneys can make their own decisions!

  • Thumper833

    I am fine with all the coaches returning with the possible exception of LeBeau.