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Todd Haley is following in his father’s footsteps and joining the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Dick Haley played for the Steelers and was their longtime player personnel director and now his son will reportedly be the team’s offensive coordinator. Marc Carman of 610 AM in Kansas City had the initial report on Monday afternoon, which was later corroborated by Chris Mortensen of ESPN. The team has yet to make an official announcement.
When word broke that the Steelers were interviewing Todd Haley for the opening last week, there was some thought that it was simply a courtesy given his father’s long record of service with the organization. That appears to be incorrect with Haley bouncing back from his ouster in Kansas City in a pretty good situation to flex his offensive muscles.
The Steelers parted ways with Bruce Arians last month. Arians is now the offensive coordinator in Indianapolis. It will be interesting to hear Ben Roethlisberger’s thoughts on the hiring as he was reportedly unhappy with the decision to dump Arians and was believed to support promoting quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner into the top job so that the offense remained slanted toward the pass. Haley’s background would indicate a willingness to keep things moving in that direction, which could satisfy any of Roethlisberger’s doubts.