Now that the shock has worn off in regards to the Pittsburgh Steelers retaining offensive coordinator Todd Haley, it is time to realize that Haley has a lot to prove in 2014. Let’s be honest; the man kept his job for one main reason – he finally let Ben Roethlisberger run the show via the no-huddle offense. With that being said, if that ceases to continue it will not only demonstrate a true lack of intelligence but an arrogance that is simply astounding.
Putting it bluntly, Haley played his cards perfectly in regards to keeping his job with the Steelers. His offense was productive the second half of the season, and that is probably the main reason that Art Rooney II and Mike Tomlin decided to have him back next season. However, the success has to pick up where it left off for this decision to be considered even semi-logical.
Haley has been known to make the strange and borderline idiotic play-call from time to time, but then again, show me a coordinator that hasn’t done that every season in the NFL. What Haley finally started doing that eventually led to his return for the 2014 season was utilizing the weapons he has at his disposal. Last season Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell all had record-breaking seasons under Haley’s watch while players like Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders had career seasons. It’s hard to argue with bringing him back when you look at it that way.
Haley found the key to the puzzle, but now it’s time for him to not have to search for a new key and keep the one he has working smoothly. Some pieces of the puzzle will not be back next season, but plenty of weapons will still be in the black and gold. Roethlisberger, Brown, Health Miller and Bell will all be back next season, and that is a lethal combination for any offense.
Todd Haley kept his job for another season, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything left to prove.