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    Todd Haley needs to return in 2014

    Todd Haley needs to return in 2014

    December, 19, 2013
    By Scott Brown | ESPN.com

    PITTSBURGH -- A significant number of Pittsburgh Steelers fans were ready to run Todd Haley out of Pittsburgh a couple of months ago, blaming him for the slow start of an offense that essentially opened the season with one arm tied behind its back.

    Now, I donít see how the Steelers canít bring their offensive coordinator back for a third season in 2014.

    The offense has steadily improved in 2013, and it has become the biggest reason for optimism that the Steelers can rebound from their first back-to-back non-winning seasons since the late 1990s.

    Consider former NFL scout Matt Williamsonís take on the job Haley has done this season.

    ďI think the best Iíve seen Ben Roethlisberger play is with Todd Haley as his offensive coordinator,Ē said Williamson, an ESPN NFL analyst. ďI think heís really gotten the most out of Ben Roethlisberger.Ē

    Even most ardent Haley critics might be hard-pressed to dispute that.

    Roethlisberger has already established a new Steelersí season record for completions (340), and the 10th-year veteran is on pace for 4,474 passing yards, which would eclipse the franchise record he set in 2009 for passing yards in a season.

    Roethlisberger has never looked more in command, especially when running the Steelersí no-huddle offense.

    Continuity lends itself to that attack running smoothly and the Steelers only have two significant skill players who will be unrestricted free agents after this season, wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery.

    An offense that isnít expected to experience much turnover in the offseason, especially relative to the defense, shouldnít undergo a lot of coaching changes if it wants to build on this season.

    And that starts with Haley.

    Roethlisberger himself has said how excited he is over the direction of the offense, something he reiterated on Wednesday.

    ďI think production has gone up and I think that the mistakes have really come down,Ē Roethlisberger said. ďI think guys enjoy doing it. Iím sure if you ask the receivers they say they like it. Le'Veon [Bell] likes it, mixing in the run and the pass so itís not just pass-heavy.

    "I think just being able to take what Coach gives helps me with and what we, whether itís [quarterbacks] coach Randy [Fichtner] and coach Todd [Haley], the other quarterbacks, we put so much work in. I know I get a lot of credit, but itís all of us really. This is a lot about communication.Ē

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    I actually agree. Haley needs to come back. LeBeau? Maybe not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shawn View Post
    I actually agree. Haley needs to come back. LeBeau? Maybe not.
    You state my position exactly. Haley needs to be back. Not so sure LeBeau should not finally give way to Butler.
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    You state my position exactly. Haley needs to be back. Not so sure LeBeau should not finally give way to Butler.
    Problem is this...LeBeau is beloved. He is the JoPa of D coordinators. He will be allowed to coach here until he is 110. The Rooneys will not force him out. I don't see any major coaching changes coming in the offseason

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    I'm sure all the rainbows and unicorns in the quotes at the end of the article likely won't be reported on every major news outlet like when the slightest comment by Big Ben gets turned into him and Haley catfighting.
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    Lets not forget, Big Ben and Haley have the wind at their back this season...so all the broken records might not be as significant as we might initially think. Based on the recent rule changes to promote offense, the NFL seems to be setting new records every week for most yards passed, most TDs, highest scoring, and most greatest of all time players. With that said, I think Haley sticks around unless he Fs up again during the off-season.
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    I have to admit that i was not a Haley supporter in the beginning.
    Seems the offense is clicking now so it would be counter productive to change OC's.

    LeBeau's defense has been in decline for the better part of 2 years.
    Sacks are down, turnovers down, big plays allowed have gone up.
    I think it's time for Butler to take over for the genius.

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    Just our second season with Haley, lost some guys last year, injured guys both years, new system, more injuries, new starters, rookies all contribute to a slow start. I see the positives coming out from this offense and if they ever get healthy as a group, this offense could be a ball controlling, score when they need to bunch of guys. Add to that a defense with Heyward, Worilds maybe finally coming into their own and if we get a ball hawk corner with a young linebacker stepping up and a safety or two stepping up or in free agency, the Steelers could make some serious stuff happen for the team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pittpete View Post
    I have to admit that i was not a Haley supporter in the beginning.
    Seems the offense is clicking now so it would be counter productive to change OC's.

    LeBeau's defense has been in decline for the better part of 2 years.
    Sacks are down, turnovers down, big plays allowed have gone up.
    I think it's time for Butler to take over for the genius.
    and why would that be??

    Casey Hampton ... gone
    James Farrior ..... gone
    James Harrison .... gone
    Larry Foote........... out
    Brett Keisel .......... missed 1/4 of season

    seems LeBeau has a good excuse for not fielding a competitive defense this season...

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    Let's not forget that Woodley has not been productive as can be. Ike has had his troubles then we got rid of McFadden, bring McFadden back, let him go, let go of Gay, bring him back. Yeah, Lebeau's a real prick. I do have my issues with Lebeau but I have to admit, he hasn't been given a terrific bunch of guys at times to get the job done.

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