After flirting with two of his old teams, the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets, former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley’s next job will be with the franchise he grew up with. Haley is expected to be named the next offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers, replacing Bruce Arians.
Haley’s father Dick was the Director of Player Personnel in Pittsburgh from 1971-90 and often had his son around the team, including serving as the Steelers ball boy. During his time in Kansas City, Haley often spoke glowingly about the Steelers franchise.
Obviously he would still like to be running his own team with the Chiefs, but if Haley could pick any other team to work for, it would no doubt be Pittsburgh.
Much like his time with the Cardinals, Haley will once again get to work with an elite quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger and promising young receiver in Mike Wallace. Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was a year younger than Wallace when Haley got to town and helped build him into one of the league’s most dangerous weapons.
This is the perfect match for Haley and the Steelers. I could easily see him staying with head coach Mike Tomlin — a defensive guy — for years instead of hopping quickly to another head coaching gig. That would allow him to raise his daughters in Pittsburgh the way his father raised him.