A coach has to stick up for his players, right?
Well, until that coach says something which seems so idiotic it leaves you shaking your head.
That is exactly what newly hired Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley essentially did when he proclaimed the Browns’ new quarterback room to be one of the best, if not the best, he has ever worked with.
Here is the direct quotes from the Browns’ official website:
“This is probably one of the best – if not the best – quarterbacks rooms, in general, that I’ve had,” Haley said Thursday.
I get it, Haley can’t come out and say something to the tune of, “This quarterback room certainly pales in comparison to the one I had in Pittsburgh.” But at the same time, he could have certainly spoken about his quarterbacks in Arizona, with Kurt Warner, and in Pittsburgh, with Ben Roethlisberger, and given them a little more credence than he did.
After all, a group of Tyrod Taylor, Drew Stanton and rookie Baker Mayfield is hardly anything to get excited about, but Haley disagrees.
“The group, in general, is what I’m excited about. I think that it’s an intelligent, intelligent group, with ability to throw the football and make plays with their legs, some of them. When you have that, I think that good things happen. Competition is created in the room, even though they’re working hard together to help each other and get better as a group.”
Steelers fans will read these quotes and both chuckle and shake their heads, but you can’t really be angry with what Haley said — even if you despised every second Haley spent in Pittsburgh as the play caller. With a new team, he has to show faith in his players, and these comments do just that.
So, while Haley is getting pumped over the Browns’ new quarterback situation, Steelers fans should be excited about their quarterback situation with Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones, Joshua Dobbs and the future with Mason Rudolph.