AFC West: Dick Haley

AFC West notes

February, 9, 2012
The word is Oakland may be closing in on hiring Johnny Holland as linebackers coach. He was fired last year as the linebackers coach in Houston. He worked with Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie in Green Bay and he played at Texas A&M prior to new Oakland coach Dennis Allen playing there.

Former Kansas City defensive line coach Tim Krumrie is a candidate for the same job in Oakland.

UPDATE: The Raiders announced the hiring of Holland and announced former Ole Miss secondary coach Keith Burns will be the assistant special teams coach.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin spoke glowingly of Todd Haley when he introduced him as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator Thursday. There had been speculation Tomlin was forced by ownership to hire Haley.

Haley grew up in Pittsburgh and he is the son of legendary former Pittsburgh personnel man Dick Haley. The Chiefs fired Haley as their head coach in December.
Sans getting another head-coaching job, former Kansas City Chiefs’ coach Todd Haley couldn’t have bounced back any better than he has.

With it looking like he might sit out the 2012 season, Haley -- who was fired by Kansas City with three games left in the 2011 season -- was been hired to be the offensive coordinator by the Pittsburgh Steelers. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen confirmed the story.

Haley was a Steelers’ ball boy while growing up in Pittsburgh. His father, Dick Haley, is a legendary former Steelers’ personnel man. It has been reported that the Chiefs are not honoring the final year of Haley’s contract because they fired Haley with cause. The team has not commented on the report.

So, getting this job might not only help Haley financially, it gives him a chance to revive his career in his hometown.

The Steelers’ job was considered a prime job. Haley, who was Arizona’s offensive coordinator prior to being hired by the Chiefs in 2009, can potentially become a head-coaching candidate again if the Pittsburgh offense flourishes.

Haley is considered a strong quarterbacks coach, and he will have a good student in the form of Ben Roethlisberger. Haley has been known for yelling at players during games, so it will be interesting to see how an established quarterback like Roethlisberger will handle it if the situation arises.

The Chiefs play at Pittsburgh in 2012, which has a chance to be one of the more interesting weeks of the Chiefs’ season.

By the way, of the seven head coaches to be fired during or after the 2011 season, former Oakland coach Hue Jackson is the only one not to get a job elsewhere in the league as an assistant coach so far. reported the Steelers talked to Jackson before offering the job to Haley.

Steelers talk to Todd Haley

January, 31, 2012
The Steelers’ website reports that the team interviewed former Kansas City head coach Todd Haley for the offensive coordinator job. He was fired by the Chiefs last month. It has been reported that the team fired Haley for cause and is refusing to pay him the final year of his contract. The team declined comment on the report last week.

Haley has also talked to the Jets and Cardinals about a position. Haley would likely prefer the Steelers’ job. He is from Pittsburgh, and his father, Dick, was a legendary personnel man for the Steelers.

In other Kansas City news, the Chicago Sun-Times reports the Chiefs denied the Bears permission to talk to quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn about the same position. That is an indication Zorn will remain on the Chiefs’ staff.

In other AFC West news: San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers discussed being a finalist for the NFL Man of the Year. It will be awarded Saturday.



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