Is Haley Still In The Running For The Cardinals Job Now That McCoy Is Off The Market?

On Monday, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported that a source had told him that Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley told Arizona Cardinals team president Michael Bidwell what he wanted and what he needed to become their new head coach. And that Haley set the asking price very high as he really doesn\’t want to leave Pittsburgh unless it is really worth his while.

Now, roughly 24 hours later, Dulac is reporting that Haley\’s chances of getting the Cardinals job might be improving after the San Diego Chargers hired Mike McCoy, who was the offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, as their new head coach on Tuesday. Several, including myself, thought McCoy was the odds on favorite to get the Arizona job.

With McCoy, an offensive minded coach, now officially off the market, that leaves Haley, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, and Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton as the remaining candidates that have reportedly already interviewed for the Cardinals job. Have more interviewed that we just don\’t know about? We don\’t know.

According to Pro Football Talk, rumors are making the rounds that Steve Keim, the Cardinals newly named General Manager, will be making roughly $750,000 following his promotion, which would reportedly make him the lowest-paid General Manager in the league.

If indeed Haley is shooting for the moon salary wise, as Dulac suggest that he is, then you would have to wonder if Haley really is still a candidate for the job. Would the Cardinals really pay their head coach more than their General Manager?

With the Senior Bowl practices getting underway next week down in Mobile, AL, you would think that the Cardinals would want to have their new head coach in place by this weekend. Bidwell said after he fired Ken Whisenhunt that the search for his successor would be done with due diligence. Maybe there was too much diligence used as it appears McCoy was stolen away from them and it now appears as if they are scraping the bottom of the barrel.

How will this all play out? I don\’t think anyone really knows at this point.

  • Nolrog

    Even if he likes it in Pittsburgh, a head coach is a promotion. Why would he price himself out of a promotion (with presumably higher pay, more say in how the team runs and how it’s built, etc.) That doesn’t make sense to me.

  • sean mcmartin

    Norv Turner would be an interesting fit.

  • Mike Carroll

    It’s possible Haley likes the potential long-term stability he could find in Pittsburgh even if that means remaining an OC. He might go to Arizona, do horribly with them, get fired in two seasons and find himself scrambling to find even an OC job at that point. If he stays in Pittsburgh, where success should be more easily obtained, he could set himself up for a much longer career where he ends up earning more money in the end.

    And, when you consider AZ has made their newest GM the lowest paid one in the league, it sounds like their HC job might not necessarily pay too much more than what Haley is making now.

  • Alan Felicia

    Cleveland already hired Norv Turner yesterday.

  • PoKey21

    I really hope that isnt Haleys mindset for the sake of the Steelers! If thats how he is thinking then our offense will never get back on track. If he has any thoughts of blowing it as a head coach elsewhere than what makes you think he has the grit to make the Steelers offense SB quality? Offenses in the NFL are constantly evolving, almost yearly. If Haley doesnt think he can make it in Arizona, and thinks he will have it made in Pittsburgh, it would be bad for the Steelers. Every O-Coordinator in the NFL needs to work like he is going to be offered a head coaching job. Offensive Coordinators dont stay long on any team. Only 2 in the NFL have been doing it for 6 straight years for the same team. I think your 2nd point is 100% valid though. I will take it farther and say the only factor in Haley taking a HC on another team is Money. If he gets offered the right amount from any team, doesnt matter the situation, I think he will be gone.

  • john in az

    please you guys keep haley…. he did well here in az but he had warner to thank for that…. i think promoting ray horton is the best for the cards …. it keeps their strength intact…DEFENSE…thats what won cardinal football games…. an oc can be found but a defense is critical in az

  • mokhkw

    I think Haley has worked out what LeBeau did years ago after coaching the Bengals – it’s better to be a well-paid OC or DC on a stable franchise with a good QB and ownership than HC of of an unstable one with no starting QB.

  • zyzak

    AZ interviewing more coaches, that means Haley will be back in Pgh

  • Bradys_Dad

    No, truly, you can have him.

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  • LouPGH

    Did you ever read about his time in Kansas City? If I recall correctly, he thought Scott Pioli had a wire on his phone and a bug in his office. I could definitely see a guy like that preferring a stable situation.

  • LouPGH

    Call me an eternal optimist, but I’m not ready to jump ship on Haley just yet.

    One of the few bright spots this season was how efficiently Ben was playing. Granted, he had to convert a ton of third-and-longs and he ended up getting hurt anyway, but — at least with respect to the latter concession — Ben stayed upright most of the season and took shots way worse than that KC sack; it was just a funny landing.

    If — and it’s a huge if — we can keep our o-line healthy, our WRs stop dropping the ball, and Ben and Haley work together to re-work some of the playbook so that it mixes up the efficient aspects of Haley’s system with the deep balls Ben likes to throw, we could be alright.

    Plus, if he were to leave, it would set us back and there would be little, if anything of value to take from last season.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Shuldnt a coordinator have to prove himself or be a success at his job before getting promoted? What happened to proving yurself first? Maybe thats why no team will hire him now to be a HC, that aint happening, & if it does happen he’ll be fired in 2-3 years. Curt Warner sucess was long ago, & last I checked our offense was inept.

    This is not sayin fire Haley, just sayin prove u can handle yur current position before being promoted. Giv him another year instead of scrapping our playbook. Our non-coordinated offense probly wasnt all Haley’s fault. And I think Ben shuld be forced to buy in to Haley’s game because Ben wont get broken bones as often.

    Just sayin any owner who hires a failing coordinator deserves what they get, which is continue being a loser organization which will in a coupla years be hiring another retread to be their HC.

  • Pete

    I think Haley’s 2nd season with the Steelers will be much better than the 1st. The fall off in the 2nd half of the season wasn’t his fault. Arians was released because he was too stubborn to meet the demands of his GM and President. Haley looks much better based on the 1st half of the season and is the reason Heath Miller is MVP.

  • Ahmad

    Things may not have gone as planned but all I know is that before Ben got injured the offense was clicking and they were converting 3rd downs like it was nothing. I think once they get more time to gel, they settle on a RB and stick with him, maybe incorporate some deeper routes to keep teams from playing the short stuff, then the offense will be a lot better.