Fueling thoughts of tokenism, Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley has reportedly not yet agreed to interview with the Arizona Cardinals for their head coaching position. Due to the competition available, legitimate and interested candidates wouldn't mull over the chance to interview.
We wrote in this space Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley's association with the Cardinals head coach opening could be more of a favor to him to show potential future employers the Cardinals respected him as a coach.
Whether they were seriously interested in Haley as a head coach remains to be seen.
According to Ed Werder of ESPN, and other sources, Haley has yet to commit to that alleged interview, because "he loves working for the Steelers."
Steelers OC Todd Haley has not yet agreed to interview for Cardinals HC job and proceeding cautiously because he loves working for Steelers— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) January 4, 2013
It adds another few buckets of water to the somewhat baseless fears Haley would leave for a head coaching job. Even the most respected coaches don't get up to a week or two to decide whether they even want to interview for a position. There are nearly three times as many U.S. Senator jobs than there are NFL head coaches. They aren't going to sit and wait when they likely have thousands of competent candidates, as well as other teams involved in that same critically important and ruthlessly competitive search.
It was reported Sunday morning the Bills will hire former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, removing one coach option and one head coach opening from the table. The Kansas City Chiefs hired former Eagles coach Andy Reid.
That leaves the Eagles, the Browns, the Chargers, the Bears and the Cardinals open for head coaches. There haven't been any reports linking an interest in either franchise with Haley, but both are reportedly interested in Oregon head coach Chip Kelly.
The Eagles are also reportedly interested in Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.