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Report: Todd Haley May Not Be Back with Steelers Next Season

January 16, 2018
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Report: Todd Haley May Not Be Back with Steelers Next Season

Todd Haley’s future with the Steelers is very much in doubt

Todd Haley has been a polarizing figure for the Pittsburgh Steelers ever since he joined the team. He has feuded with Ben Roethlisberger, his play-calling has been questioned by fans all season, and now, after a terrible loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, his tenure with the team may soon be over.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network described the relationship between the team and Haley as being “at a crossroads.” Haley’s contract expired after the loss with the end of the season, and the Steelers need to decide if he is going to be back with the team next year. He has a strained relationship with Ben Roethlisberger according to Rapoport, but Roethlisberger’s own future is very much in doubt given how often he has talked about retirement.

Fans are certainly not crazy about Haley, and his fourth down play calls against the Jaguars were bizarre to say the least. With two significant fourth-and-one situations, Haley called a pitch to the outside and fairly deep pass rather than letting Roethlisberger, one of the biggest quarterbacks in football, run a sneak.

There is no word on who the team might be considering to replace Haley if his time with the team is over. Bruce Arians is a name fans will clamor for given his history with the team, but he didn’t give up a head coaching job to become a coordinator again. He seems to be retired from football for good. Mike Mularkey has a history with the Steelers as well, but given his bland offense in Tennessee and the fact that he has not yet been fired by the Titans (and may not be at all), he is not likely to come either.

The Steelers will have their pick of available offensive coaches given the talent and pedigree of the team, but changing schemes with such a successful team is always unusual. If the Steelers do hire a new coordinator, they had better be very confident in his ability to take the team to the Super Bowl.

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