Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who somehow managed to make a 42-point showing against the Jaguars feel like a job-losing performance, will not be returning to the Steelers’ sideline next season.
Haley just finished the last season of his contract, and NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the team will not be renewing it:
Haley’s offenses in Pittsburgh have been consistently good, even great, but it’s hard not to feel the unit underachieved in 2017, given its abundance of talent. Also, Haley and franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger never were simpatico. In December, CBS Sports reported that Roethlisberger went to head coach Mike Tomlin and requested that quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner be moved down to the sideline to act as a buffer between him and Haley. Then there were Roethlisberger’s comments after the loss to the Jaguars, in which he made everyone aware that it wasn’t his fault that the Steelers didn’t run any quarterback sneaks, and admitted that he and Haley often butt heads.
Roethlisberger has reportedly told teammates that he plans to play for three more years, and the Steelers seem committed to doing everything they can to keep him happy: