Todd Haley has found his niche with the Pittsburgh Steelers offense and most importantly Ben Roethlisberger. The two have not only come to terms with the offense they plan to deploy every Sunday, but both have excelled at their particular jobs making each other look pretty good.
Despite the offensive success the Steelers have recently experienced, there is still a contingent of Steelers fans who blame any offensive misfortune on Haley, and are quick to hit the "Fire Haley" button as soon as possible. Nonetheless, despite what those fans may think, it didn't stop NFL.com from ranking Haley 3rd among their top 10 offensive coordinators in the NFL.
See what NFL.com's Bucky Brooks had to say about Haley's ranking:
3) Todd Haley, Pittsburgh Steelers
The evolution of the Steelers' offense under Haley has coincided with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's ascension to the ranks of the elite. The crusty coach challenged his star signal-caller to become a more efficient player from the pocket while crafting a scheme that showcased an electric receiving corps brimming with young talent. Haley has earned his reputation for developing pass-catchers (Haley has helped Antonio Brown, Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Dwayne Bowe and Keyshawn Johnson all earn Pro Bowl honors). The bottom line is, Pittsburgh's offense is more dynamic and explosive than the previous versions trotted out in the Steel City.
Brooks makes a very valid point in regards to Haley's history of developing pass-catchers, and although his personal history is also rocky in regards to his relationships with players, his production speaks for itself. Haley will have some tremendous potential in regards to pass catchers in 2015. Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Markus Wheaton, Heath Miller and Le'Veon Bell very well could make up the best group of pass catchers in the NFL, not just the AFC North or the AFC. It will be up to Haley to put them in the best position possible to succeed next season.
With Haley being 3rd in the league, who rounded out Brooks' top 10? See the complete list below:
1. Josh McDaniels - New England Patriots
2. Norv Turner - Minnesota Vikings
3. Todd Haley - Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Hue Jackson - Cincinnati Bengals
5. Scott Linehan - Dallas Cowboys
6. Greg Roman - Buffalo Bills
7. Dirk Koetter - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Pep Hamilton - Indianapolis Colts
9. Kyle Shanahan - Atlanta Falcons
10. Tom Clements - Green Bay Packers