Todd Haley To Interview With Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Steelers have given permission to the Arizona Cardinals to interview offensive coordinator Todd Haley for their vacant head coaching position. Haley, who just completed his first season in Pittsburgh as the offensive coordinator, held that same position in Arizona from 2007-2008.

The Cardinals fired Ken Whisenhunt this past Monday after six seasons. Whisenhunt led the Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII in his second season as the head coach but lost to the Steelers with Haley as his offensive coordinator. Whisenhunt was also the Steelers offensive coordinator from 2004–2006.

Haley was the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs for nearly three seasons and was fired on December 12, 2011, after leading his team to a 5-8 record during the 2011 NFL season.

Haley was asked about returning to head coaching after the season ended and said said that he is more than happy being the Steelers offensive coordinator.

“Really it isn’t anything I am thinking about,” Haley said about being a possible candidate for opening head coaching jobs. “I’ve said a bunch of times, and even when I came in and sat down with Mike (Tomlin) earlier on, this is where I want to be.”

  • RW

    Can’t blame him for going, but I don’t know that Kirby Wilson is the answer for us… Maybe he’ll carry over some of the terminology that Arians had while he was here and it’ll make for an easier transition, but I never like changing coordinators between seasons – it hampers continuity.

  • steeltown

    I really hope this Offense can improve in the offseason. It looked, at first, like they were starting to find a groove through the first half of the season. Obviously turnovers killed them when it was all said and done, but there is serious room for growth

  • Cols714

    I don’t mind if Haley leaves. It sucks though that we fired a perfectly good OC in Arians for a one-year rental of Haley.

  • Ahmad

    Haley will stay and I am glad he is. There were going to be growing pains with the offense probably more than we all would have liked. However, I do like the short passing attack. I just think more deeper routes need to be implemented, the O line needs to run block better, and they need to decide on a feature back.

  • steeltown

    I dont think he’s going anywhere.. his father was a Pittsburgh guy

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    It seems like a long shot that Haley would get that job.

  • MRav

    Whom are you thinking of as a replacement if he leaves? You and I have gone back and forth on the whole Arians/Haley situation quite a bit, but I’m at the point where I’m willing to concede that you were probably correct in your assessment of both. But, now that Haley is here, would you really want to lose him after just one year? He’s just got that offense installed. I’m not sure of anybody available who’s really a lights out candidate. Do you have somebody in mind?

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Don’t worry, he’ll be available again in a few years just like they all are. Every year it is musical chairs of the same ol retreads. Want Chan Gailey or Mike Mullarky? Dont worry if u miss out in them this time, because they’ll be a available again in couple of years.

    Same with defensive coordinators. If u want Dom Capers or Wansted, dont worry because whichever their HC will get fired, or they themselves again become head coaches & they’ll get fired. Either way the same ol guys become available every few years.

    So if Haley gets hired by another team, save his playbooks in a drawer becaus u can use them again in a few years when he becomes available because he will get fired.

    Steelers differ from all NFL because at least the guys the Steelers hired to be HCs were rising up the ranks when Steelers hired them.

  • SteelersDepot

    I might have to start my Randy Fichtner campaign again.

  • RW

    I sure hope not – he can be good for this team.

  • steeltown

    Always a possibility I guess.. kept on the back burner

  • Why not? We can only go up from here…uh, I mean I hope we can only go up from here.

  • zyzak

    Haley sees the writing on the wall, he can’t afford another season like this one, he will take the job if offered. Another bad season and his HC window will close.. Steelers offense is in deep trouble with injuries and players leaving along with their lineman struggling and not performing up to expectations.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Well, interviewing is not accepting. If they do offer the job to him, money talks. Haley will accept it. Haley’s offense is Whisenhunt’s offense anyway. Starks made comments to that effect earlier in preseason. If Haley does leave, the Steelers will need to act quickly.

  • Please take him…

  • Bob Loblaw

    Funny how no one is ever happy with the offensive coordinator when he’s in town. People complained about Whisenhunt all the time he was here, now that he’s been gone he’s regarded as a saint by many. Already people seem to be forgetting how much hate they sent towards Arians.

    Haley leaving this soon wouldn’t be good. Another transitional year for this offense is the last thing we need, especially considering we’re replacing the line coach as well.

  • Cols714

    Yep. No team’s fans is ever happy with their OC. It’s just way too easy to criticize a play call if it doesn’t work.

    Arians was a perfectly fine OC. Not great maybe, but he and Ben worked together pretty well. Now we may have screwed up by getting only 1 year out of Haley when we could have just kept Arians around.

  • Cols714

    Yeah I think at this point it would be better if he stays. I don’t want to get rid of the OC two years in a row.

  • steeltown

    Exactly.. the biggest problem was turnovers and mistakes on Offense, not Haley

  • James Brown

    Haley will be a lot smarter coach next year if the offensive line can stay intact for four consecutive games.

  • ohoh

    Haley is good for our offense, i think things will improve next season. Ben needs to chance his mentality tho and accept that its OK to throw the ball away from time to time. But if Haley goes promoting Randy Fichtner would be a interesting way to go

  • Maurice_hill_district

    So true. The FireBruceArians webnames & websites just change their names to Fire[insert name of next coordinator]

  • Maurice_hill_district

    & whoever was supposed to disciplin people.

  • Maurice_hill_district


  • Tom

    Agree 100%. The new offense was looking pretty good when the team was 6-3. As the injuries to the O line continued mounted, the same offense looked pathetic.