It sounds as if another NFL head coach position will be filled today, as Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley is headed out west and interviewing for the Arizona Cardinals head coaching gig, and all reports are this is something both sides really want.
If you are a Steelers fan, you probably have mixed feelings about the idea of Haley leaving. I personally believe that the Steelers not retaining Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was the biggest mistake they made this past season. Other Steelers fans believe that the new offense Haley implemented in Pittsburgh actually improved the offense and it was injuries that caused the Steelers to miss the playoffs.
Haley has a history with the Cardinals, having served as their offensive coordinator for two seasons before moving on. And when he was in Arizona, his offense was quite explosive. I can see where this would be a tempting hire for the Cardinals, who fired Ken Whisenhunt last week. Rumor is Arizona really wants Haley and Haley really wants to coach there, so I expect this to wrap up pretty neat and clean in a hurry.
My take-I don’t understand why this is so hard for people to comprehend, but no amount of coaching can make up for poor quarterback play. In 2007 and 2008 those Cardinals teams were led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner. Does anyone really think Haley can repeat that performance with Kevin Kolb under center? The notion that Haley is a significantly better coach than Whiz is just silly. And just as with every bad team in the NFL, should Haley take this job, his top priority is going to be to upgrade the quarterback position. As a Steelers fan, I hope Haley leaves. I never felt like his philosophy was a good fit for the Steelers personnel, and I look forward to a new offensive coordinator if he goes.
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