Haley out as Steelers offensive coordinator

By The Sports Xchange  |  Jan. 17, 2018 at 2:09 PM
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PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers have parted ways with offensive coordinator Todd Haley, whose contract expired at the conclusion of the season.

Haley had been the Steelers' offensive coordinator since 2012 and helped Ben Roethlisberger to some of the best seasons of his career.

In spite of on-field success -- the Steelers consistently had one of the best offenses in the league since 2014 -- Haley's demise with the team came about due to his inability to get along with coaches and players. The 50-year-old notably had a rocky relationship with Roethlisberger.

Haley, however, did exactly what team president Art Rooney II wanted him to do when he hired him. Along with offensive line coach Mike Munchak, Haley focused on protecting Roethlisberger and keeping him healthy. Roethlisberger was sacked just 24 times last season and did not miss a game due to injury.

The Steelers finished the season third in total offense and Roethlisberger had a great second half after a slow start.

One of Haley's biggest failures was red-zone offense, however. The Steelers finished in the bottom half of the league in red-zone efficiency and found themselves in close games as a result.

Quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner is in line to be the next coordinator, although there was no immediate announcement Wednesday. Fichtner was an original member of Mike Tomlin's staff in 2007 and has a good relationship with Roethlisberger.

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