- Scott Brown, ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers reporter
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PITTSBURGH -- Disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers fans who have directed much of their ire toward Todd Haley won’t like what Jerome Bettis said Wednesday morning on ESPN’s "Mike & Mike."
Bettis told hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg that he doesn’t believe there will be any major changes even if the Steelers suffer their first losing season under seventh-year coach Mike Tomlin.
That includes Haley, the second-year offensive coordinator who has been heavily criticized during the team’s worst start since 2000.
“I don’t believe he would be on the block,” Bettis said.
The Steelers are loath to attach the word transition to this year’s squad. But Bettis said he thinks the organization knows that the Steelers are indeed in transition, particularly when it comes to a young offensive line that is still trying to find its way.
Bettis, one of the greatest players in franchise history, endured a stretch where the Steelers missed the playoffs in three consecutive seasons (1998-2000) and had back-to-back losing seasons during that span.
He knows how much the Rooneys value stability. And that is another reason he doesn’t see any major changes coming even if the Steelers fail to get things going following an 0-3 start.
“I think they understand where they are,” Bettis said. “This is a team that’s developing. I think they want to be competitive while they are developing.”
But that is the rub when it comes to Haley’s future with the team.
If the offense doesn't make noticeable improvement over the course of the season, Haley could well be in trouble.
And it is worth noting that while the organization stuck with Bill Cowher after some lean seasons, Cowher went through his share of offensive coordinators during his time as the Steelers’ head coach.
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