McKriger: Adiós, Todd Haley, Pittsburgh won’t miss you

Posted on Jan 17 2018 - 11:59am by Rachael McKriger
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Adiós, Auf Wiedersehen, Прощай or even just plain goodbye.

Todd Haley, those were all for you. After seeing the reaction from Pittsburgh Steelers fans on Twitter after Sunday’s dismal and disheartening loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, one thing is for certain.

Should you leave during the offseason, the people of Pittsburgh won’t miss you.

There have been sideline squabbles with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, incidents at Tequila Cowboy on the North Shore, but the worst part about Haley?

His genuinely awful play-calling.

Against the Jacksonville Jaguars, on a 3rd & 5, Haley elected to call a play where Roethlisberger would pitch the ball out wide to running back Le’Veon Bell.

If you saw Jacksonville against the Steelers on Oct. 8, you’d understand that the young defense is fast, and normally tackles for lost yardage on plays like that.

Needless to say, the play didn’t work out in favor of the Steelers.

So what does Haley do? He runs the exact same play again.

Haley has been in Pittsburgh since 2012, but there are rumors swirling around Pittsburgh that this season might have been his last.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has been mum on a potential return. Instead, Tomlin has given broad answers about the future for Haley — and even the rest of his coaching staff.

“I don’t know where these roads are going to lead,” Tomlin said. “Some contracts are up. Some aren’t. I’m not ready to discuss that.”

One of those coaches out of contract? You guessed it: Haley.

Sure enough, it will be interesting when Tomlin does decide to discuss that. Really, he and Roethlisberger are in the driver’s seat. General manager Kevin Colbert is going to listen to what his franchise quarterback is going to say — and the head coach.

Roethlisberger’s return for a 2018 season — which was an immediate sigh of relief for Tomlin, Colbert, the Rooney family and the rest of Steeler Nation — might just lead to the potential firing of Haley.

While there has been some good under Haley’s tenure as offensive coordinator, Steelers fans are pushing that the bad is outweighing the good.

This is Pittsburgh, after all. It’s not fancy plays and numbers that count; wins count in this city.

Haley, the Steelers offense and the Steelers defense (as my dear friend and fellow writer at Pittsburgh Sports Castle, Shalene Hixon, wrote about here) couldn’t get the job done on Sunday.

Drastic changes like getting rid of Tomlin isn’t the answer, despite

what the “Yinzers” scream. However, the Steelers should take a long, hard look at Haley.

His time in Pittsburgh, to put it bluntly, should come to an end.

Adiós, Auf Wiedersehen, Прощай, Todd Haley.


The Steelers and Mike Tomlin announced, officially, that Haley wouldn’t be back for the 2018-19 season. Around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Tomlin released a statement, via the Steelers website.

“I have made the decision to not renew the contract for offensive coordinator Todd Haley. I would like to thank Todd for his contributions to our offense the past six years, and we wish him the best in his coaching future.”

Photo of Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley courtesy of Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press.

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