5 Reasons Why Pittsburgh Steelers Will Keep Todd Haley
Todd Haley: 5 Reasons Why He Will Stay With Pittsburgh Steelers
Standing at 5-8, controversy has struck the Steel City yet again. The talk around the NFL for the last few days has been surrounding Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his comments on the radio over his relationship with his offensive coordinator, Todd Haley.
"It's unbelievable," Roethlisberger said during his weekly radio show on 93.7 The Fan. "It gets blown up and it's by reporters that come in there and ask the dumbest questions after a game, and it makes it ridiculous when they only take part of your answer. It was taken way out of context. There is absolutely no issue between Coach Haley and I. I love where this offense is right now."
With the Steelers in the middle of a second consecutive season where they will not make the playoffs, it has the beloved Steeler Nation screaming to fire Haley. What some may not see is the lack of luck the organization has had – suffering one injury after another. The Steelers have started six different offensive line combinations in 2013. Through it all, Haley and Roethlisberger worked together and started generating one of the most dangerous offenses in the month of November – averaging over 26 points a game.
Along the way, the Steelers continued to fall short in the most critical games of the season. The two fourth quarter losses to the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins are why the Steelers will be watching the playoffs from home. However, Todd Haley will still be the offensive coordinator for the black and gold in 2014. Here are five reasons why.
5. Heath Miller Getting Back In Stride
Finally one year completely removed from his ACL surgery, tight end Heath Miller is beginning to show signs of his old self. Miller's involvement early in the season was little, but as the season rolled on Miller's role in the offense increased and he continued to offer that comfort blanket to Ben Roethlisberger. Miller will be 100 percent for sure in 2014.
4. Le'Veon Bell Becoming The Complete Package
Although he has not established himself as top running back in his rookie season, Le'Veon Bell has shown signs of being a complete back in the NFL. Bell has been a threat by both his hands and his feet. The Steelers have started to rely more on Bell as the season progressed – particularly in the Ravens game on Thanksgiving night. Bell's potential spells trouble for defenses in 2014.
3. Antonio Brown Is Better Than Ever
Wide receiver Antonio Brown has become one of the league's most dangerous weapons in 2013 under coach Haley's scheme. Brown has been targeted 127 times, recording 90 receptions for 1,185 yards and seven touchdowns. Brown has now made himself a well-respected athlete around the NFL by creating chances for other players to make more plays on the offense in the future.
2. A Healthy Offensive Line
The offensive line will return to full strength in 2014. After losing two centers, two left tackles and a right guard who has been shaken with injuries, the production and talent obviously declined in 2013. Prior to start of the season, the Steelers' average starting offensive lineman was 24-years old.
1. Ben Roethlisberger At His Best
Ben Roethlisberger has performed better under Todd Haley's scheme than any other former offensive coordinator in Roethlisberger's tenure. In 2013, Roethlisberger took the no-huddle offense under his wing and it helped revamp the offense to keep him a lot cleaner in the pocket. If Roethlisberger and Haley are on the same page, which the two claim to be, there is no reason to think Todd Haley will be going anywhere in 2014.
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