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Todd Haley, The New Steelers Offensive Coordinator

In a signing that surprised many (as some thought his interview was a courtesy move), the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed Todd Haley to be their new offensive coordinator.

On the bright side, Haley was fantastic at pushing wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to be great. He challenged him on the physical aspect of his game and the work ethic, Fitzgerald loved his style, and football fans everywhere loved the results. Fitzgerald has since started holding summer workout camps. He got a 1000-yard season out of Steve Breaston in 2008, too.

On the other hand, you can look at the Cardinals‘ offensive numbers and wonder how they didn’t score more in 2008 and 2009, particularly when they ran the ball so well in 2009. Kurt Warner called many of the plays in Arizona.

Essentially, what makes this a decent hire is that Haley does have a lot of experience attacking defenses, and working under a great head coach in Bill Parcells back in Dallas. He’s also worked with inconsistent line play for Big Red and the Chiefs, and with two of the least mobile quarterbacks in the NFL, Kurt Warner and Matt Cassel. To truly assess the job he did in Kansas City, you need to evaluate all the injuries – Charles, Cassel, Baldwin – and what Herm Edwards left him with. This is probably the best hire the Steelers could make, looking at who was available.

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Report: Steelers Hire Todd Haley

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Steelers’ search for an offensive coordinator may be over.

According to a Kansas City radio station and Chris Mortenson of ESPN, the Steelers will announce Todd Haley as their next offensive coordinator.

To some, the hire is a surprise, but Haley has a good resume, including three years as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Before then, he was offensive coordinator in Arizona and worked with Kurt Warner when the Cardinals got to the Super Bowl against the Steelers in 2008.

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Six-year old Janiya Jackson was so excited going through the toys in the gift basket that sat on her hospital bed that she didn’t want to stop and have her picture taken with Steelers’ linebacker J…

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Report: Steelers hire Todd Haley as offensive coordinator

Todd Haley is following in his father’s footsteps and joining the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dick Haley played for the Steelers and was their longtime player personnel director and now his son will reportedly be the team’s offensive coordinator. Marc Carman of 610 AM in Kansas City had the initial report on Monday afternoon, which was later…

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Harrison and Clark Poke a Little Fun at the Patriots Super Bowl Loss

A couple of the Steelers were piling it on the Patriots after they lost on Sunday to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI by a score of 21-17.

Both James Harrison and Ryan Clark laid it on the team that was involved in the “Spygate” scandal that directly involved the Steelers in the 2004 AFC Title Game.

Harrison posted on Twitter after the Pats lost: “Told you, cheaters never win!!!!!!!!!”

Safety Ryan Clark added on Twitter: “0-2 [in Super Bowls] post spy gate! Just saying!!”

Harrison came back a little later with a comment for those that were upset with the Tweet: “Lol, I’m sorry I couldn’t help it!!!” He finished up the night with this: “Come on people love or hate me more!”

Gotta love the black and gold, always making it fun even when their rivals lose.

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Former Steelers GM Tom Donahoe Previews Super Bowl

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) — Former Steelers Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert joined Seibel, Starkey and Miller on 93-7 The FAN to break down the Super Bowl.

Donahoe said one of the biggest differences in the game will be Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski and if the Patriots have him, they’ll win, but without Gronkowski, Donahoe gives the edge to the Giants.

We also asked Tom for his insight on when the Rooney’s stepped in and make decisions under his watch, and whether or not he ever saw something like what Art Rooney II did with Bruce Arians.

We wrapped things up getting Donahoe’s memories of some old Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl moments.

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Jack Butler waited a long time to get into the Hall of Fame

How long has Jack Butler been waiting to get into the Hall of Fame? He played his last game in 1959, before 18 of the 32 current NFL head coaches were born, and his eligibility for the Hall of Fame began 48 years ago. In that time Butler watched all but one of the other…

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Dawson, Butler, Martin Among Names Selected To Hall Of Fame

INDIANAPOLIS (KDKA/AP) — It was a big day for several former football players with ties to Pittsburgh as the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012 was announced.

This year’s list making it to Canton includes Curtis Martin, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Willie Roaf and senior selection Jack Butler.

Four of those six, Martin, Dawson, Doleman and Butler have Pittsburgh ties.

A panel of 44 media members voted. The inductions are in early August in Canton, Ohio.

The bad news though, former Steeler and Pittsburgh favorite Jerome Bettis was among the finalist who didn’t make it. Cris Carter and Bill Parcells are other notables on that list.

Bettis didn’t make the top 10 in voting, so he is forced to continue waiting.

But for another Steeler, the wait is finally over. Dawson becomes the 21st Pittsburgh Steeler to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Dawson retired in 2000. He didn’t become a finalist for the Hall until 2008 and was again in 2009, but not the following year, which had many worried he might not make it.

But this was the year for Dawson.

He made seven Pro Bowls as the Steelers’ center, that rare snapper who also could block defensive players one on one. He replaced a Hall of Famer, Mike Webster, and started for Pittsburgh for most of his 13 pro seasons.

“Well, I tell you what, it’s a great honor to be elected into the Class of 2012 for the Hall of Fame,” said Dawson. “But I tell you what it’s caused. It’s caused my phone to malfunction, I’ve had multiple texts, over 100 plus texts and phone calls, it’s been non-stop.”

It was also the year for another former Steeler, Jack Butler. He was voted in through the Senior Committee.

Butler also played for the Steelers as a cornerback from 1951-59, picking off 52 passes, at the time second most in NFL history. But he was best known for his tackling skills.

Martin and Doleman are both former Pitt Panthers.

Martin played his senior season at Taylor Allderdice, and then turned that into a college football career at the University of Pittsburgh. Then, he went on to become the fourth all-time leading rusher in NFL history.

He made it for his consistency and durability, rushing for 14,101 and 90 touchdowns. He rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first 10 seasons, the first three with New England and the others with the Jets. The 1995 Offensive Rookie of the Year, Martin won the NFL rushing title in 2004 with 1,697 yards.

Doleman had 25 sacks at Pitt. He went on to 150 1/2 sacks in his 15 seasons, mostly with Minnesota, and was one of the prototype agile yet powerful pass rushers who dominate the game today. He made the Pro Bowl eight times and was fourth on the sacks list when he retired.

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NFL returns in New York, on September 6

Yes, the 2011 season has ended.  But we now know that the 2012 season will launch at MetLife Stadium on Thursday, September 6. That night, the Super Bowl XLVI champion Giants will host the first real game of the new campaign, hosting the Cowboys, Redskins, Eagles, Saints, Bucs, Packers, Steelers, or Browns. Rarely if ever…

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James Harrison on Patriots losing: ‘Cheaters never win’

James Harrison admitted he was looking for a reaction with his post-Super Bowl comments, and he’s getting one. The Steelers linebacker tweeted shortly after the Patriots’ loss to the Giants that cheaters never win.

His teammate Ryan Clark tweeted similar thoughts. “0-2 post spy gate! Just saying!!” Clark wrote.
What they said doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. New England still has won plenty since being busted for filming opposing teams’ signals. The only thing they haven’t done is win a Super Bowl.
Former Giants receiver Amani Toomer said before the game that if the Pats lost, their three Super Bowls deserved asterisks. We questioned his logic; suspicion about three previous Super Bowl wins is independent of the team’s Super Bowl success or failure now.
The Patriots filmed opposing teams because it obviously gave them an edge. But we believe they’re no longer cheating, yet they’re still having winning seasons, and they still have reached two Super Bowls since then. I don’t think they lost this game because they didn’t have the Giants’ signals on film. I firmly believe they were two drops away from winning two more Super Bowls.
If there is some sort of Super Bowl karma for unsportsmanlike conduct, then it doesn’t explain how the dirtiest player in the NFL won a ring in 2008.

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