Reports surfaced yesterday that Todd Haley, the former head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs and one time offensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals, will be hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers to run their offense. After Bruce Arians departed for Indianapolis after his contract expired, the Steelers were in need of someone to fill their offensive playcaller vacancy.
Haley makes sense on a variety of levels for the Steelers and the position is one that Haley was reportedly seeking in any new job. For Cardinals fans, the wait is still on as the team continues to search for their new wide receivers coach.
First it was the QB coach, now the wide receivers. After John McNulty was put in charge of coaching Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and the likes, a new position opened up on the Cards coaching staff. Many felt that Haley was ripe for a return, but all of the insiders close to the organization kept proclaiming that it was a long shot.
After head coach Ken Whisenhunt met with Haley during the Senior Bowl in Alabama, hopes were rekindled that a deal could be struck. Apparently, there was some sort of disconnect. My guess is that Haley was looking for a larger role and didn't see the Cardinals' opening as a big enough opportunity.
So we're back to square one. The team will continue it's search for their vacant coaching staff position and sources will probably leak out some information on who the candidates are that the Cards will be interviewing. As I have stated before, the thing the team will likely be looking for first and foremost is a guy that can connect with young players well and has a history of developing youthful potential into veteran talent.
At this point, we are in a wait and see game.