Bruce Arians is doing a bang-up job as Colts' OC/interim HC.
It's been mostly LUCK.
Haley is the MVP of the team at this point. He's made the offense much more efficient. And consequently (because T.o.P.), he has helped minimize the exposure of a D that can be exploited (despite the rankings).
Haley "won't be afraid to run up the score" on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 10
By Neal Coolong on Nov 7
ESPN's Adam Schefter mentioned at least a trace of animosity from current Steelers offensive coordinator and former Chiefs head coach as he prepares to face his old team in Week 10.
ESPN's Adam Schefter said on Sportscenter Wednesday Steelers offensive coordinator "won't be afraid to run up the score" on the Kansas City Chiefs - his former employer - when the teams face each other on Monday Night Football in Week 10.
It's hard to blame him. Unceremoniously dumped in the middle of the season, Haley was forced to take the brunt of the criticism regarding the Chiefs' bi-polar 2011 season, landing him in Pittsburgh.
Since then, the Steelers are enjoying an offense that's improving steadily each week, and is among the team's best rushing teams over the course of their three-game winning streak.
The Chiefs have gone in the opposite direction, coming into the game at 1-7, and having yet to hold a lead for a measurable amount of time. Their lone win came off a game-winning field goal over New Orleans in Week 3.
Haley's offense has yet to score more than 31 points, a tally that came in a 34-31 loss at Oakland in Week 3. Their new life on the ground seems to indicate a bit fewer points, but more time of possession in the grand scheme of things. Blowout or otherwise, Haley must also remember he was in charge of the team in 2009 and 2010, when the Chiefs upset the Steelers and came within one drive of defeating them at Heinz Field.
Showing up his former boss has to serve as quality motivation, but it's not likely Haley will break out the team's first vertical passing assault of the season. He'd also have to worry about what his new boss, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, would feel about that.
Perhaps, though, he just won't have Ben Roethlisberger take a knee if the Steelers are closing the game out inside the Chiefs' territory.
Let's see, Haley got the Chiefs into the playoffs by winning the AFC West in 2010 with 10-6 record.
The next year, dealing with early season-ending injuries to his starting QB Matt Cassel, his starting RB Jamaal Charles, his starting TE Tony Moeaki, his starting SS Eric Berry, etc., the team started out 5-8 and he was fired.
Now they have Cassel, Charles, Moeaki, and Berry all back, and Romeo Crennel has them at 1-7.
You think he might want to stick it in K.C. management's face a bit? This may be the game where the offense puts up 40+, even without the likes of Antonio Brown and Chris Rainey available.
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1.30 ILB Zach Cunningham 6'3" 234 Vanderbilt
2.62 OLB Jordan Willis 6'4" 255 Kansas State
3.94 CB Sidney Jones 6'0" 186 Washington
3.105c DE Tanoh Kpassagnon 6'7" 289 Villanova
4.135 CB Howard Wilson 6'1" 184 Houston
5.173 FS John Johnson 6'1" 205 Boston College
6.213 TE Michael Roberts 6'4" 270 Toledo
7.248 RB Elijah Hood 6'0" 232 North Carolina
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Haley wants to put "50" on them. Don't kid yourself. This is personal for him no matter what PC things he says. It would be for anyone in his situation.
- Charles Harris-OLB, Missouri
- Rasul Douglas-CB, West Virginia
- Chris Godwin-WR, Penn State
- John Johnson-S, Boston College
- James Conner-RB, Pitt
- Nazair Jones-DT, North Carolina
- Garrett Sickels, DE/OLB, Penn State