Mark Kaboly | Tribune-Review
Todd Haley has been mentioned as a possible head coaching candidate in Arizona if the Cardinals decide to part ways with Ken Whisenhunt, the former Steelers offensive coordinator, at the end of the season.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora said two weeks ago during the network’s pregame show that Arizona and owner Bill Bidwell would be interested in Haley as head coach if Whisenhunt isn’t retained.
But, apparently, Haley isn’t as interested as the Cardinals.
Haley said Thursday during his final interview of the year that he is more than happy being the Steelers offensive coordinator.
“Really it isn’t anything I am thinking about,” Haley said about being a candidate for other head coaching jobs. “I’ve said a bunch of times and even when I came in and sat down with Mike (Tomlin)earlier on, this is where I want to be.”
Haley grew up in Pittsburgh and attended nearby Upper St. Clair High School.
However, the Arizona connection does make sense. Haley spent two years as the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator before leaving to become the head coach in Kansas City following the Cardinals loss to the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII.
Haley coached less than three years with the Chiefs before getting fired. Less than two months later, Haley replaced Bruce Arians as the Steelers’ offensive coordinator. Haley was also a candidate to join Arizona’s coaching staff last year in some capacity but chose the Steelers instead.
“I am happy being here and want to finish this year in the right manor to kind of push us in the offseason and get ready to get better next year,” Haley said.
Haley said that he is having a lot more fun as an offensive coordinator than he ever had as a head coach even though the Steelers offense didn’t produce as much as he would’ve liked in his first year on the job.
“I have almost three years experience doing that and I needle (Tomlin) about this: It is a lot more fun than what you have to do deal with,” Haley said. “In some ways, it is because you get to coach and work with the players on a daily basis and interact all the time. It is the closest thing to being out there.”