Report: Todd Haley Would Be Interested In Interviewing For Head Coaching Jobs

I know we’re all focused on today’s win, and rightfully so, but there is some off the field business that came out today. ProFootballTalk is reporting Todd Haley would interview for a head coaching job if asked. It’s an apparent change of heart from last year, when he would’ve declined any request.

From PFT. 

“Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Haley very much likes his current situation, but he would interview for a head-coaching vacancy, if asked.”

None of this is a surprise. There’s no question Haley is happy in Pittsburgh. He gets to run a terrific offense and be part of a winning, stable organization. But it’s also no shock to see him be interesting in scratching that head coach itch again, especially since his time in Kansas City ended sour and a pretty ugly fallout.

So far, there have only been loose connections to any head coaching gig. Los Angeles seems to have the most smoke, an organization looking for someone to prop up the face of their franchise, Jared Goff. But there haven’t been any formal request made or at least, any that are known.

Interviewing Haley would also be difficult due to league rules that create small windows for coaches to interview when they are actively coaching, as Haley was in preparation for this week. But as PFT points out, that hasn’t stopped someone like Vance Joseph – the Miami Dolphins’ defensive coordinator – from racking up the interview requests.

With the Steelers’ offense exploding today, for all teams to see, front offices could be doing a double-take on Haley.

For his part, Haley has been peppered with questions about his future since the end of the season, but he’s refused to address them head on, simply saying he’s focused on helping the Steelers win.

h/t Marc

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  • JohnB

    That would be a bit of a loss..i know it may sound greedy but i’d like him stay at least till Bens done. But I wish him the best.

  • StolenUpVotes

    I agree. Would love to have him until Ben hangs them up

  • Rob S.

    And a double take on Joseph, haha

  • Taylor Williams

    Just stick around for about 2-3 years.

  • SeventhHeavan

    I wonder what the difference in pay would be for him?

  • Ralph Wagner

    Haley is checking his phone to make sure it hasn’t been tapped, which may be interfering with his getting head coaching request. LOL

  • Alex Kozora

    lol

  • Alex Kozora

    Stone cold.

  • Alex Kozora

    I’m sure enough. And not the driving factor, anyway. I think he’s upset about how it ended in KC and wants to prove himself.

  • Petherson Silveira

    It really concern me. That would be a huge loss. We have years in this sucessfull system, with a lot of offensive players playing the best football of their carrers and breaking a ton of records.Bringing another OC with his new system and new playcalling style would be a major regress.
    Alex, do you see this such a bad thing to happen than i? And do you can spell another OC that would be good fit for us?

  • StolenUpVotes

    I would assume the move would be a guy that is already in house

  • Bill

    You need the players to be a successful head coach, unless of course it’s the money you want. Which of the open coaching positions have a top flight quarterback? San Diego but it’s twilight time for Rivers; LA, but is Goff the man; How about Tyrod Taylor (sic) or Bortles or Siemian/Lynch (but at least a defense) or Kaepernick…. I think you get the point.

  • Bill

    I don’t know if Mr. Roethlisberger would stick around if he had to assimilate an entirely new playbook.

  • John Pennington

    Grass not greener on the otherside of the fence.Stay where you are and be happy for what you got.

  • Hypo Cycloid

    Denver?

  • Hypo Cycloid

    Only real missing piece is QB. Pretty good gig.

  • Alex Kozora

    It would be a bad thing. Don’t want to change OC late in Ben’s career. Fichtner would very likely become the new OC.

  • Aj Gentile

    He’s just upset nobody asked him

  • Petherson Silveira

    Do you think that he is better option than Mike Munchak? I only would trust MM to do that. Prior to the Steeler’s QB’s Coach, Fichtner work at OC or HC in his carrer? I don’t know his background.

  • Petherson Silveira

    Yeah. That would be wise.

  • Munchack was never an OC nor has he ever called plays either. He went straight to HC from line coach in Tennessee.

  • Jax has a ton of young raw talent too, they just need to get Bortles to stop throwing it to the other team. Plus the have a top 5 pick coming up, the coach just needs to put it all together.

  • Petherson Silveira

    Uhmm. So, he was a cheerleader? Lol
    Thank you for the information.
    So,that lead us to fichtner.

  • Ryan

    Fichtner was a pretty successful offensive coordinator in college. In the NFL all he’s been is a WR and QB coach. I wouldn’t mind seeing him get a shot as a coordinator if Haley leaves.

  • Ryan

    Not like he can just up and leave. He’s still got several years left on his contract.

  • Ryan

    Plenty of coaches have had better success on their second go around. Pete Carroll and Belicheck for example.

  • Alex Kozora

    I do. Preserve the Ben/QB coach relationship.

  • Lil Smitty

    One would think that if he was being considered that some team would be mentioning it to the media. I think Todd has built up a reputation of being grouchy and difficult to work with.
    Besides, he needs to shave off the beard. No organization would want that look as the face of their franchise. 🙂

  • Gregg

    He is very successful where he is. He should stay here. Another HC wannabe whose reach exceeds his grasp.

  • ND_Steel

    Who wouldn’t…it would probably double or triple his salary….and if it doesn’t work out, he’s proven himself as an OC and would always be able to go back…just maybe not to Pittsburgh…

  • Steve Johnson

    The offensive scheme went stale after the 1st qtr. The QB? After the 1st qtr, it was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide. The Defense won the game today.

  • Steve Johnson

    The QB’s Coach.

  • ND_Steel

    I wouldn’t go that far. Offense put up a 30 burger. Defense did what they needed to…if the turnovers didn’t come, Miami would have put up around 20. Defense stuffed the run well though.

  • Steel City Slim

    It’s a roller coaster of emotions with Haley. One week he’s a genius, the next week everyone wants him fired.

  • RickM

    I just don’t think he’s on anyone’s radar. The Rams are interviewing 11 people and have contacted at least four guys in the playoffs (Kyle Shanahan, Matt Patricia, Josh McDaniels and Vance Joseph). I don’t think they asked for permission to interview Haley, so I don’t think he’s in their plans. I don’t think he’ll even be interviewed by any team unless maybe we go very deep into the playoffs and as Alex says teams take a second look. But all the coaching hires could already be made by then based on how quickly guys are being interviewed.

  • John Pennington

    Do you think the bugging of the phone and office won’t hurt him

  • Hypo Cycloid

    True. Their defense really has a lot of young talent. You are right. Bortles has talent, can he master the mental aspect? I can see this team making a huge jump in the near future with the right coach.

  • VaDave

    Looks like the Rams and the Chargers have filled their head coaching vacancies. I’m feeling much better about retaining Haley for at least another year.