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mesaSteeler
02-08-2012, 10:49 PM
Kovacevic: Haley's hire a nutty narrative

By Dejan Kovacevic
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Nothing says you're nuts quite like aspiring to become the Steelers' offensive coordinator. Except, of course, accepting when they offer.

So, Todd Haley is nuts.

This became official when the team announced his hiring Tuesday by way of a written statement in which Haley described himself as "excited about the opportunity." You know, the opportunity to be an idiot when the Steelers lose, a bumbling obstacle when they win, and generally less popular than anyone in town except the county treasurer whose name you fill out on property-tax checks.

You've got to be nuts.

Just ask Bruce Arians, who dealt with all of that, won a Super Bowl, was fired by Art Rooney II and immediately latched on with the Indianapolis Colts to take the same job.

He's twice as nuts.

This whole offensive coordinator saga is nuts, actually, and it's hard to imagine it's playing out with a franchise as founded in non-nuttiness as the Steelers.

Let's start with Haley himself, whose behavior throughout his 15-year NFL coaching career has been outright certifiable.

How about the interview Haley granted to the Kansas City Star in December, shortly before the Chiefs fired him, in which he first swept a PR office for bugs he suspected were placed by upper management to spy on him?

Haley went on to tell that interviewer he also thought his cell phone, which he owned before joining that team, had been bugged by those same spies. Others have made similar accusations against the Chiefs' autocratic general manager, Scott Pioli, but no proof ever has emerged.

How about the relentless criticism in Kansas City that Haley was more about promoting himself than doing right by the Chiefs?

Jason Whitlock, Fox Sports' renowned Kansas City-based columnist, wrote in January 2011 that Haley tried to compensate for not having played football even at the high school level back problems limited him to golf at Upper St. Clair and that Haley was "too insecure to work in a professional manner with confident, competent people for an extended time." Indeed, Haley fired or pushed out two experienced offensive coordinators, Chan Gailey and Charlie Weis, in just two-plus seasons as head coach. Whitlock and others charged that those moves were made to get Haley more credit for the Chiefs' successes.

And, going off the rails a bit, how about in 2009, when Haley and his family sued a McDonald's for $1.7 million after his wife found a dead 6-inch rat in her salad?

Haley's lawyer riotously explained to the Associated Press that the ingestion of the rat caused "violent physical illness" how do you lift a whole rat onto a fork to ingest anything? that the store manager "brought them no comfort" when visiting their house, and that "the family needs closure" on the matter. They ended up securing an out-of-court settlement, not to mention securing Haley's perpetual place as the butt of rodent jokes.

Nuts, all of it.

And this is to say nothing of how Haley's spotty background won this job, how his pass-specialist pedigree will address Rooney's wish to bolster the run, how being passed over will sit with the rest of Mike Tomlin's staff and, in the biggest issue by far, how Haley might or might not coexist with Ben Roethlisberger. Haley has clashed with some of his best players, often in public.

Are the Steelers nuts, too?

Look, I had no issue with Rooney stepping in to make the call on Arians. Owners are right to get involved when they see something amiss, and they're right to help maintain a franchise identity. Rooney didn't want Arians in the role, and he got rid of him. That's only meddling if it happens regularly.

But to hire this guy?

Rooney had a longtime connection with Haley's father, Dick, the Steelers' famed personnel man from 1971-90, and this sure has the feel of that connection paying off. Yes, Tomlin interviewed Todd Haley. Yes, there's even a chance Tomlin liked him, though they appear to have zilch in common. But this process has Rooney's fingerprints from start to finish.

We know Tomlin wanted Arians back, but Rooney overruled him.

We know a few of Tomlin's players notably Roethlisberger pushed for quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner to get Arians' old job, and Rooney evidently overruled that, too.

It's hard to tell what anyone's thinking on the South Side. Tomlin has barely made a peep since the Steelers were Tebowed, and he wasn't quoted in the team's statement Tuesday. Haley himself was whisked in and out of headquarters without a spoken word.

Pardon this pun, especially if you're picking through a salad, but I smell a rat.

Dejan Kovacevic can be reached at dkovacevic@tribweb.com or .

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OX1947
02-08-2012, 11:11 PM
Huh? No one ever shit on Whiz when he was offensive coordinator? What the hell is this "we are the world" love fest for a dipshit like Bruce Arians?

tanda10506
02-08-2012, 11:12 PM
He makes it seem like we will always hate our OC which isnt true. If we can stay top 10 and just call logical situational plays I will bd thrilled. I agree though that Haley is crazy, more less an a**hole. Im not sure how it will work out, I dont like the hire, but hopefully it works.

Edman
02-08-2012, 11:42 PM
If I recall correctly. Steeler fans liked Whisenhunt, and I remember Chan Gailey and Ron Erhardt getting some love here as well. Mularkey...nobody cared much about him.

The only OC's I recall ever getting vitriol here was Ray Sherman and Bruce Arians. Rightfully so, since both were incompetant at the basics of running an NFL offense. Only difference is that we didn't wait FIVE FREAKING years to can Ray Sherman.

tony hipchest
02-08-2012, 11:57 PM
Huh? No one ever shit on Whiz when he was offensive coordinator? What the hell is this "we are the world" love fest for a dipshit like Bruce Arians?exactly!

another local mediot who thinks arians was entitled to the job for life for nothing more than riding dick lebeaus coat tails, and allowing ben to play a wreckless version of streetball.

heres a lesson to arians- if the rooneys allow you to park their $100 million lambroughini, its probably wise not to do spin outs, donuts, and race around at 100 mph in the filled, concrete, parking garage.

since when did local media writers think ben and arians took over ownership of the team?

wyn50
02-09-2012, 01:55 AM
Yep, Arians would have been out of Pitt long ago if we did not have an awesome defense.

jiminpa
02-09-2012, 02:26 AM
If I recall correctly. Steeler fans liked Whisenhunt, and I remember Chan Gailey and Ron Erhardt getting some love here as well. Mularkey...nobody cared much about him.

The only OC's I recall ever getting vitriol here was Ray Sherman and Bruce Arians. Rightfully so, since both were incompetant at the basics of running an NFL offense. Only difference is that we didn't wait FIVE FREAKING years to can Ray Sherman.Joe Walton, who Bubby Brister could legitimately call an idiot.

Mularky took some heat his last year here, but he was being an idiot, and got enamored with long bombs himself, including a game in a blizzard. He has learned from his mistakes though.

But basically, don't destroy the team and we won't hate you. It's not a difficult equation.

TRH
02-09-2012, 10:51 AM
the Pittsburgh press, for whatever reason, are basically turning Bruce Arians into a legend.

And when did Ben "push" for Fichtner to get the job? Sounds like he's just making that up. I hope people in other cities don't read these stories.....Pittsburgh writers, and i use that term loosely, are starting to even embarrass me.

Bayz101
02-09-2012, 11:06 AM
It's a Bruce Arians love fest in Pittsburgh. Well, the press of course. It'll be interesting to see what's asked today.

Fire Arians
02-09-2012, 11:49 AM
bruce who?

stb_steeler
02-09-2012, 03:03 PM
bruce who?

Dude.....Put a d @ the end of Fire on your nick.....lol

Bayz101
02-09-2012, 03:14 PM
Dude.....Put a d @ the end of Fire on your nick.....lol

Sending this request straight to the Admin :applaudit:

6RingsAndCounting
02-09-2012, 03:17 PM
I swear, I'm gonna go to school and major in journalism, because if these people have jobs, it must be easy.

Bayz101
02-09-2012, 03:20 PM
I swear, I'm gonna go to school and major in journalism, because if these people have jobs, it must be easy.

:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

Try reading Yahoo! articles, you'll laugh your ass off.

stb_steeler
02-09-2012, 03:23 PM
Sending this request straight to the Admin :applaudit:

LOL...hell that guys never in! :toofunny:

Bayz101
02-09-2012, 03:33 PM
LOL...hell that guys never in! :toofunny:

True, but we've got our way's :wink:

MasterOfPuppets
02-09-2012, 03:36 PM
And, going off the rails a bit, how about in 2009, when Haley and his family sued a McDonald's for $1.7 million after his wife found a dead 6-inch rat in her salad?

so the rats aren't part of the salad ? :hungry:

Buddha Bus
02-09-2012, 03:40 PM
so the rats aren't part of the salad ? :hungry:

If I had to guess, they sued because the McDonald's salad contaminated the much tastier rat carcass.

stb_steeler
02-09-2012, 03:41 PM
IF NOT FOR THE RATS
Try us for the
http://i1201.photobucket.com/albums/bb350/davidkang123/Food/mcnuggets.jpg

MasterOfPuppets
02-09-2012, 03:44 PM
If I had to guess, they sued because the McDonald's salad contaminated the much tastier rat carcass.
i never eat the salad ... i always thought it was just a garnish for the rat ..:hunch:

stb_steeler
02-09-2012, 03:49 PM
McDonalds just introduced a new item to the menu.
The Pac Rat....
http://i595.photobucket.com/albums/tt39/superchiqa/Nature%20and%20Wildlife/krat3.jpg

Buddha Bus
02-09-2012, 03:52 PM
i never eat the salad ... i always thought it was just a garnish for the rat ..:hunch:

No. The rat was purely an accidental mix-up from a higher end restaurant. :sofunny:

Bayz101
02-09-2012, 03:59 PM
No. The rat was purely an accidental mix-up from a higher end restaurant. :sofunny:

Yeah, Wendy's :chuckle:

Buddha Bus
02-09-2012, 04:02 PM
Yeah, Wendy's :chuckle:

DON'T YOU DARE SULLY THE NAME OF MY SWEET, SWEET WENDY, YOU SWINE!! :mad:

That bitch makes the best fast burger around. :chuckle:

Bayz101
02-09-2012, 04:06 PM
DON'T YOU DARE SULLY THE NAME OF MY SWEET, SWEET WENDY, YOU SWINE!! :mad:

That bitch makes the best fast burger around. :chuckle:

That's why it's the higher end :wink:

Can you say, BACONATOR?

:nw:

Buddha Bus
02-09-2012, 04:09 PM
That's why it's the higher end :wink:

Can you say, BACONATOR?

:nw:

Baconator... the food of fat gods.

msQPHxTUgzI




Sorry. I get a little defensive of that wonderful, greasy woman. :chuckle:

Bayz101
02-09-2012, 04:16 PM
Well i'm getting one in about an hour, so i'm in heaven. The sea salt fries/baconator combo=5 pounds gained.

stb_steeler
02-09-2012, 04:17 PM
Great......now im hungry!

Buddha Bus
02-09-2012, 04:27 PM
Well i'm getting one in about an hour, so i'm in heaven. The sea salt fries/baconator combo=5 pounds gained.

You can offset the Baconator combo with a "healthy" McDonalds rat salad tomorrow. Live a little! :thumbsup:

tony hipchest
02-09-2012, 06:05 PM
so let me get this straight...

one of the reasons the author calls haley nuts is because he sued when they found i giant diseased rodent in their meal they PAID for as opposed to prepare themselves?

i supposes a "sane" person like kovachevic woulda left a tip?

perhaps in the land where dejans and kovacevics hail from, rat is a delicacy, but not in america.

oh the lengths arians' aunts and uncles will go through to apologize for him. its freaking disgusting. time to take his pants rat out of their mouths.

Atlanta Dan
02-09-2012, 06:17 PM
Another view by Don Banks


How will the fit be between Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and new Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley?

Haley's in-your-face style isn't for everyone, but my hunch is it's exactly what Roethlisberger needs right now. The Steelers quarterback openly lobbied for Pittsburgh to retain offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who he was admittedly very close to and comfortable with. But comfortable isn't always a positive in the NFL, and the Steelers apparently are looking to light a bit of a fire under Big Ben and get him out of his comfort zone in the quest to take his game to a higher level.

Haley will challenge his players, prodding and pushing them to extract their best. Sometimes he can go overboard with that approach, but usually he gets results. He coached a top-five passing attack in Arizona under former Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt (who won a Super Bowl with Roethlisberger at QB), and he led a top-rated running game when he took Kansas City to the playoffs in 2010. In Pittsburgh, he's going to be tasked with reviving the Steelers running game to a degree, bringing it a bit more in balance with a passing game built around Roethlisberger and those talented young receivers.

I think the new marriage in Pittsburgh has a great shot to work.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/don_banks/02/09/offseason.questions/index.html?sct=nfl_t11_a0

But Banks only covers the NFL for SI - maybe if Banks plays his cards right someday he can become a columnist for the Tribune-Review

Bayz101
02-09-2012, 06:22 PM
Another view by Don Banks


How will the fit be between Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and new Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley?

Haley's in-your-face style isn't for everyone, but my hunch is it's exactly what Roethlisberger needs right now. The Steelers quarterback openly lobbied for Pittsburgh to retain offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who he was admittedly very close to and comfortable with. But comfortable isn't always a positive in the NFL, and the Steelers apparently are looking to light a bit of a fire under Big Ben and get him out of his comfort zone in the quest to take his game to a higher level.

Haley will challenge his players, prodding and pushing them to extract their best. Sometimes he can go overboard with that approach, but usually he gets results. He coached a top-five passing attack in Arizona under former Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt (who won a Super Bowl with Roethlisberger at QB), and he led a top-rated running game when he took Kansas City to the playoffs in 2010. In Pittsburgh, he's going to be tasked with reviving the Steelers running game to a degree, bringing it a bit more in balance with a passing game built around Roethlisberger and those talented young receivers.

I think the new marriage in Pittsburgh has a great shot to work.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/don_banks/02/09/offseason.questions/index.html?sct=nfl_t11_a0

But Banks only covers the NFL for SI - maybe if Banks plays his cards right someday he can become a columnist for the Tribune-Review

:rofl::applaudit:

6RingsAndCounting
02-09-2012, 09:14 PM
:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

Try reading Yahoo! articles, you'll laugh your ass off.

Chris Chase is the worst reporter i've ever seen

Bayz101
02-09-2012, 09:17 PM
Chris Chase is the worst reporter i've ever seen

Exactly. AWFUL.

6RingsAndCounting
02-09-2012, 09:21 PM
Exactly. AWFUL.

We'll start our own blog. If they get onto the front page of Yahoo, we can surely make it!

Our Name: 6bayzandcounting from Ohio