When the Pittsburgh Steelers hired Todd Haley to run the offense following the odd “retirement” of Bruce Arians, it was a rocky road from the start. A number of fans were livid with the offensive coordinator. Snoop Dogg was taking to social media to curse out the Steelers’ new play caller. “Fire Haley” signs were seen all through Heinz Field on game days.
Despite fans’ emotion and wishes, the Steelers and Mike Tomlin, stuck with the former Kansas City Chiefs head coach as their offensive coordinator, and it’s paid off. Under Haley, Ben Roethlisberger hasn’t been hit nearly as much as in the Arians “chuck it deep” offense. His offense has done more than just keep Roethlisberger upright and healthy, but has also showcased the skills of Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, not to mention other key pieces in the Steelers’ offense like Martavis Bryant and Eli Rogers.
Haley has played a large role in putting together one of the more lethal offenses in the NFL. While there still are occasions when his play-calls have fans scratching their heads, Haley should still be on several short lists for head-coaching vacancies, right?
Well, according to Haley — wrong.
Todd Haley says he hasn't been contacted for head coaching interviews and is focused on Steelers. Anything less = "disservice" he said.— Jacob Klinger (@Jacob_Klinger_) January 5, 2017
When Haley spoke to media on Thursday, he stated he hadn’t been contacted regarding any head coaching vacancies. While this could change when the Steelers’ season ends, it’s shocking that some teams haven’t at least placed a phone call.
To Haley’s credit, the job would have to be the right fit for him to return to the head coaching ranks. He’s got a good job with a contending team in Pittsburgh, and leaving that job for a dead-end gig wouldn’t be the best career move for Haley. After all, he has already experienced what it’s like to be fired at mid-season, as he was in 2011. If you remember correctly, his lone attempt at being the head man didn’t go too well. Haley was 19-26 in his three seasons in Kansas City, but he did direct the Chiefs to an AFC West title in 2010 after a 10-6 season. It was 2011 when he was fired after starting the year 5-8.
A second chance might not be in the works for Haley, but Steelers fans should be happy if he’s able to stick around Pittsburgh for a little longer, as his offense has proven to be effective for the Black-and-Gold, despite what many fans still believe.