NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport said on NFL Network’s “NFL GameDay First” on Saturday that offensive coordinator Todd Haley is expected to remain on the team’s staff for 2014.
“When you talk to people familiar with that situation, what they say is that some of the other coaches — Kirby Wilson the running backs coach, also Mike Tomlin — became more involved with the offense,” Rapoport said. “And also Haley allowed Ben (Roethlisberger) to run the no-huddle that he really wants.”
Haley was squarely on the hot seat after the Steelers finished the season ranked 27th in the NFL in rushing offense. The 3.5 yards per carry average was tied for the third lowest in the league. Only the Ravens and Jaguars averaged fewer yards per carry.
The Steelers also allowed 43 sacks and fired offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. after one season.
Haley was hired to replace the popular Bruce Arians, it was felt that Haley would bring more balance to the Steelers offensive attack and that QB Ben Roehtlisberger would benefit the most.
But Arians has helped lead two different teams to winning records while the Steelers after been a .500 team since bringing in Haley, and the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens are happy to see Haley remain in Pittsburgh.
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