Former Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley has been hired as the Steelers new offensive coordinator, replacing Bruce Arians, the team announced today.
Haley, who was reared in Upper St. Clair and is the son of the Steelers' former personnel director, becomes the first offensive coordinator in 13 years to be hired from outside the organization.
"I am excited about the opportunity to come back home and work for a tremendous organization," Haley said in a statement. "It is an honor to work with the Rooney family and Coach [Mike] Tomlin and continue the success that has become synonymous with the Steelers."
Haley, 44, was a former offensive coordinator in Arizona when the Cardinals lost to the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa. Fla. Haley led the Chiefs to the playoffs in his second season as head coach, but was fired toward the end of the 2011 season after Kansas City compiled a 5-8 record.
Haley has also served as an assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys (2004-06), Chicago Bears (2001-03) and the New York Jets (1997-2000).
Haley was very impressive when he interviewed last week with Tomlin, general manager Kevin Colbert and team president Art Rooney II. The Steelers even announced the meeting with Haley on their website -- something they rarely do with coaching interviews.
Haley would be the most significant hire Tomlin has made since he became coach in 2007. Tomlin inherited Arians and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau from Bill Cowher's staff, and they have each been in charge of running their respective units since the Steelers decided not to renew Arians' contract after the 2011 season.
The Steelers have gone outside their organization to hire an offensive coordinator just three times since Chuck Noll became coach in 1969 -- Joe Walton in 1990, Ray Sherman in 1998 and Kevin Gilbride in 1999. Haley would be the fourth. None of those coordinators ever made the playoffs in five combined seasons with the Steelers.
Haley's dad, Dick, was the Steelers personnel director from 1971 to 1990.
"My father has so many fond memories both from his playing days and his time in the personnel department with the team, and I look forward to helping bring more championships to Pittsburgh and to being a part of one of the storied franchises in the NFL," Haley said.
First Published February 7, 2012 4:15 PM