While the team has not yet confirmed the reports, several sources, including ESPN and the NFL Network are reporting that former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley has been offered the job as the Steelers’ new offensive coordinator.
The Steelers were seeking an offensive coordinator following the team’s firing (at the time called a “retirement”) of Bruce Arians. Arians promptly unretired, and accepted a position as offensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts.
The prevailing wisdom was that the Steelers were going to promote from within. Running backs coach Kirby Wilson, and quarterback coach Randy Fichtner were considered to be the most likely candidates.
When the Steelers started bringing in outsiders to interview for the position, most thought that it was just a symbolic gesture. Haley’s interview in particular was seen as a courtesy gesture to honor the fact that his father, Dick Haley, was the former director of player personnel who helped build the championship teams of the 70′s. Haley was seen as an abrasive personality who wouldn’t fit in well with the Steelers.
But we should all know by now that trying to guess what the Steelers are going to do is a losing venture. As an example, everyone was sure that the Steelers were going to hire either Ken Whisenhunt or Russ Grimm to replace Bill Cowher. Instead, they hired Mike Tomlin.
It will be interesting to hear Ben Roethlisberger’s thoughts on the hiring. Roethlisberger wasn’t happy when Arians was fired, and he has made his unhappiness known. Some thought that the Steelers might promote Fichtner in order to give Ben a sense of continuity.
The Steelers organization has yet to confirm the hiring. Moreover, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has not reported the story either. So there is a slight chance that the story may prove to be untrue. However, we thought it best to make our readers aware of the reports.