Monday, February 6, 2012
Steelers to hire Todd Haley as coordinator
By Jamison Hensley
The Steelers will hire former Chiefs coach Todd Haley as their new offensive coordinator, a source told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.
This is an indication the Steelers won't forget about their passing game. In fact, Haley will enhance it.
Before becoming the Chiefs head coach, Haley was the offensive coordinator in Arizona, where the Cardinals had one of the most dangerous and innovative passing games. In Haley's two seasons as Arizona's coordinator (2007 and 2008), the Cardinals passing attack ranked fifth in the NFL in 2007 and second in 2008.
Haley, a longtime wide receivers coach, had Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin in Arizona. He now can duplicate that success with the likes of Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown.
When the Steelers parted ways with offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, a report said the move was made in order to shift the offense back toward its blue-collar identity of years past, in line with the desires of Steelers president Art Rooney II.
But Haley's expertise wasn't running the ball in Arizona. The Cardinals ranked in the bottom three in the NFL in rushing during his two seasons there.
Still, when he was the head coach of the Chiefs, Kansas City did lead the league in rushing in 2010.