The Browns made some more news last night, as many insiders began to report that Todd Haley would be named Offensive Coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. Previously, the Browns had interviewed Ben McAdoo and Mike Mularkey. Neither name really moves the needle. This hiring comes just over a week after Haley was fired from the same position with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Haley spent the previous six seasons with Steelers as Offensive Coordinator. Before Pittsburgh, Haley spent two and a half seasons as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, and a year under Ken Wisenhunt as the Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator.
More recently, Haley has been the Offensive Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is the brains behind the Bell, Brown, Ben, and Bryant. He was fired this season after the Steelers lost 45-42 at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Divisional Round. His team scored 42 fucking points on the 5th ranked defense in terms of points allowed. In the regular season the Steelers finished third in total yards per game on offense with, 377.9. In his first full season the Steelers finished 20th in yards per game, and the remaining years they would not finish below 10th in the league in offense. In the the end, the long-lasting feud between Haley and Roethlisberger was too much to overcome.
Haley’s most impressive work doesn’t come from Pittsburgh as many believe. His time with Matt Cassel in Kansas City to me is his finest work. Haley turned Matt fucking Cassel into a Pro-Bowl Quarterback, and he managed to lead them into the Playoffs. In 2010 Haley and Cassel finished at 10-6, which was good enough to win the AFC West. Cassel was named a Pro-Bowl Alternate, as he finished 2010 with 27 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Anyone who can make a JAG like Matt Cassel look like a Pro-Bowler can play (coach) for my team any day of the week.
I am certainly optimistic about this hiring, because Haley has a track record of offensive success. He has worked with Tony Romo, Kurt Warner, Ben Roethlisberger, and Matt Cassel most recently. All of them had success. Hell, even Kurt Warner still holds a close place in his heart for Todd:
At the end of the day this is just a hire. Just a nice name on paper to droll over for a few months, and then call for his firing. One positive that can come from this move is Dorsey continues to get his ducks in a row. He’s got his two Front Office Executives, and now an Offensive Coordinator. Hopefully a new head coach is not too far off, and he has a plan that will be fully executed.