Steelers To Hire New Offensive Coordinator

The Steelers are allowing offensive coordinator Todd Haley to walk now that his contract has expired, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). The team will now look to hire a new OC. Todd Haley (vertical)

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The Steelers may have a couple of in-house candidates to replace Haley. One is quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner, who was previously assigned to act as a “buffer” between Ben Roethlisberger and Haley on the sidelines. The other is offensive line coach Mike Munchak, who appears to have withdrawn his name from consideration for the Cardinals’ head coaching vacancy.

On the whole, Haley’s offense has been a success in Pittsburgh, but his bickering with Big Ben and off-the-field incidents have tested the patience of his superiors. Haley’s latest unfortunate headline came when he suffered a shattered pelvis during a barroom brawl on New Year’s Eve.

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17 comments on “Steelers To Hire New Offensive Coordinator

  1. Thronson5

    Good move. Haley is knuckle head who can’t control his remember and made terrible play calling that probably cost them the game Sunday. Curious to see who the new OC.

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  2. tylerall5

    Like I said on a previous post, it wasn’t Haley’s schemes that made the Steeler offense great, it’s the personnel. Haley’s play calling ability is terrible, a lot of the explosive plays are actually called by Ben it seems. The next OC needs to let Ben be Ben.

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    • dugdog83

      If it’s the personnel that makes the offense great, is it the personnel who makes it bad too? Choke? Stumble?

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      • TJECK109

        It’s also the responsibility of the coach to put the personnel in a position to succeed. Calling plays that suit their strength vs an opponents weakness. Based on your thinking their wouldn’t be a need to have any coaches. That toss play on 4th and 1 was an example of not putting your players in a spot to succeed. It was doomed from the start. Coaches need to adapt to player strengths and weaknesses not the other way around

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        • tsolid

          Let Ben be Ben? Letting Ben be Ben means holding onto the wayyy too long at times and being wreck-less in crucial moments. He needs to know when it’s time to “live to fight another play.” I agree, Haley’s play calling was horrendous, especially when the Steelers started close to mid field and he’s calls 2/3 str8 running plays and ends up being a 3 & out. Even after the blocked punt on Sunday he called 3 str8 running plays. He needed to go and Butler should be next

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          • madmanTX

            BS Ben has time to hold onto the ball because of his O line and other QBs wish they could do that. If you want a QB to start scrambling and running with the ball after 3 seconds, then you want a bad offense.

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            • tsolid

              So that means he should hold onto the ball and give up sack/fumbles that turn into TD’s? Are you an idiot or what?? There’s NO defense for holding onto the ball too long

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    • theeterps

      Haley also did a lot of good for Ben. He didn’t get touched nearly as much during Haley’s tenure as he did under his other OC’S, which has allowed him to prolong his career.

      That also of course coincides with the best O-line he’s ever had and coach Munchak, which is why I think they’d be better served keeping Munchak as the O-line coach (if he’s happy remaining in that role) and naming Fichtner OC.

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    • madmanTX

      Same could be said for what gives Tomlin his good record. It’s the players talent in spite of bad head coach.

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      • tsolid

        Yea I see you keep posting nonsense. You are and idiot after all. Please disregard my question from earlier

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  3. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    Haley’s playbook is actually pretty good, the problem was he was an insecure tool who constantly felt the need to call low percentage “surprise” plays to show how smart he was instead of obvious plays that would just work that he wouldn’t get any credit for calling.

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