The Pittsburgh Steelers looked like an absolute dumpster fire to start the 2013 campaign. Not only did Pittsburgh lose its first four games, the quarterback-offensive coordinator relationship between Ben Roethlisberger and Todd Haley was one full of drama. In fact, it was a miracle that Haley wasn’t fired within the first month of the season. Luckily, the Steelers hung tough with Haley and now they are reaping the benefits.
On Saturday, Pittsburgh announced that it would be keeping Haley on for at least another year. While some pessimistic NFL fans will point to this move and call it stupid, the Steelers really hit their stride later in the year. Mainly, rookie running back Le’Veon Bell cemented himself as Pittsburgh’s most versatile back since Willie Parker was in the Steel City.
While Bell’s emergence surely helped Haley’s cause, the one thing that saved him his job was the ability to adapt. Clearly, Haley and “Big Ben” have had their differences, yet the two obviously made amends later in the season as Pittsburgh rattled off three wins to end the season and Roethlisberger was playing like one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
I fully expect the Steelers to make the postseason next year as Haley and Roethlisberger might even be sharing a championship podium upon season’s end.