Monday, February 6, 2012

Steelers Hire Todd Haley As Offensive Coordinator

Last week Alby Oxenreiter talked about Todd Haley being the front runner for the job and today we heard word came down today from 610 AM in Kansas City that he was going to be the new offensive coordinator for the Steelers and turns out it was the truth.

I am not totally stoked about this like a lot of people seem to be but I am also not hating this. I am kind of in the middle about it and it will most certainly be interesting to see how this shapes up going forward. Haley seems to be a kind of guy to me that could either be really good or could be a total bust coming in here.

Word is that he had a great interview with Mike Tomlin and that is what put it over the top. I am not going to lie I am pretty stunned because I thought Haley was a little too "out there" but I guess only time will tell.

I am pretty busy right now with work and stuff so I just wanted to get this out there. I will have some more thoughts on this last tonight.

[EDIT] As I was at work and at the gym I got some time to think about this signing and I am not going to lie I am still not really sure how I feel about this. Haley had some really good years when he was with the Cardinals and some really bad years in Kansas City. Those two teams are very different teams but when you break it down the Steelers are much more like the Cardinals that Haley coached in 2007 and 2008. Jamison Hensley had a great breakdown about the hire over at ESPN. Here is a paragraph of 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.
While Haley wasn't the OC in Kansas City he was the head coach of the number one run offense in the 2010 season. I would guess that the Steelers are going to stick with more of a passing offense because why would they try to be a running team with one of the best quarterbacks and one of the best receiver duos in the league.

If you want to take a look at a further breakdown of what Haley did in his previous two jobs you need to go over and check out what Bam put together over at Blitzburgh Blog. Top notch stuff over there.

I guess I fall in line with a lot of what Bam said. I was really shocked to see that Haley was getting hired. Haley seems to be pretty set in his ways and this is pretty much opposite of what the Steelers usually do. I can see this being a really good thing but I can also see this being real bad. I have no idea.

One thing I don't understand are the people saying that this is good because it will "reel Ben in.". Um, OK? Reel him in from what exactly? Winning? Yea, that seems great. I know a lot of people don't really like how buddy-buddy Ben and BA seemed to be but to be honest can anyone that says that sit there and say they really know? I bet we didn't even come close to seeing the extent of the relationship that Ben and BA had so who are we to say it was a bad thing?

All in all I am more than willing to give this a chance and looking forward to seeing what Todd Haley is like and what he is going to do with the offense. Everyone is pretty happy now but I think this is the honeymoon phase. Everyone ends up hating the offensive coordinator no matter who it is.

I, for one, hope that the first offensive play of the 2012 season is a receiver screen just so Haley can troll all the fans. Come on, tell me how awesome that would be. It would be awesome.

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