Steelers interview former Chiefs coach Haley for offensive coordinator job

Ralph N. Paulk
| Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012

The Steelers confirmed Tuesday they interviewed former Kansas City head coach Todd Haley for their vacant offensive coordinator position.

Haley, who was fired shortly after the Chiefs dropped a 13-9 decision to the Steelers this past season, appears the leading candidate to replace Bruce Arians.

Arians, whose contract with the Steelers expired, agreed Monday to take over as Indianapolis' offensive coordinator.

Coach Mike Tomlin interviewed Haley a day after the Steelers reached an agreement with linebackers coach Keith Butler, who was scheduled to interview with the Colts for their vacant defensive coordinator position.

Haley, 45, had been courted by Arizona and the New York Jets the past few weeks. He was let go after the Chiefs struggled to a 5-8 record, partly because of key injuries — including quarterback Matt Cassel and leading rusher Jamaal Charles.

Haley, an Upper St. Clair native, is the son of former Steelers director of pro personnel Dick Haley. He was an NFL assistant for 10 years before taking over in Kansas City in 2009, began his coaching career as a wide receivers coach for the Jets before moving on to Chicago, Dallas and Arizona.

In Arizona, Haley was the Cardinals' offensive coordinator when the Steelers defeated Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII. He compiled a 19-26 record in Kansas City, including a 10-6 mark in 2010 when he led the Chiefs to the AFC West title.

The Steelers continued their search for a successor to Arians after former Indianapolis coach Jim Caldwell took the position of quarterbacks coach with Baltimore. Haley could be the likely choice, but the Steelers may also interview several other candidates, including Green Bay quarterbacks coach Tom Clements and Steelers quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner.

Also, the Steelers have given Tampa Bay permission to talk with defensive assistant Jerry Olsavsky, who was considered a candidate to become the team's defensive coordinator before Butler rejected the Colts' offer.

Harold Goodwin, who had been an offensive assistant with the Steelers since 2007, joined Indianapolis yesterday as offensive line coach. Goodwin began his NFL coaching career as an assistant offensive line coach with the Bears.

Haley has a challenge waiting if he takes over a Steelers offense that was 12th in the NFL in yards in 2011 but only 21st in points. The Chiefs, though, were 27th in offense this past season, in part, because several of their offensive weapons were sidelined with injuries.

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