Todd Haley, Big Ben and the Steelers new look offense
Coach Todd Haley brings a trail of nothing but winning to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Haley was hired by the Steelers to replace Bruce Arians as the new Offensive Coordinator. When Haley was the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs he turned their program around and put the Chiefs in a position to be a playoff contender. He also helped the Arizona Cardinals, as their Offensive Coordinator, to get the team to their first division title and also to the team’s first Super Bowl (XLIII). Todd Haley is also the son of a former NFL player Dick Haley who spent 44 years with NFL and he was the Steelers Director of Player Personnel from 1971-1991.
According to Ben Roethlisberger he is working hard to learn the new offense and getting used to all the new players that have been brought into the Steelers fold. Ben Roethlisberger will have a lot of changes not only with the offense, but getting used to all of his new players. WR Toney Clemons will likely get a chance to showcase his talent this year. Big Ben will also have a new look offensive line with the additions David DeCastro, Mike Adams, and Kelvin Beachum which will help to shore up a truly beat up O-Line. The backfield will more than likely feature Isaac Redman in place of injured RB Rashard Mendenhall.
Coach Haley wants the offense to be more of a no huddle and more of a passing offense. Considering that the Steelers have mostly been a run first and pound the football type of offense for many years, this is a monumental change not only for the coaching staff, but for the players. Ben will work closely with Coach Haley to get the offense implemented properly so that everyone is comfortable. The players that have been around for a few years will all have to learn this new system if the Steelers are to be successful.
Change in Pittsburgh has never come easy. In my time following the Steelers there have only been three head coaches, Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher, and now Mike Tomlin. This just shows you that change comes slow. The Rooney’s way of not changing very often has produced eight trips to the Super Bowl with 6 of them being victories. Life in the Steeler Nation is one of hard work and championships. I am looking forward to seeing the new offense in action. If the Steelers can utilize all of the talent and speed at the wide receiver position, they should surprise a lot of teams this year. The thing that they cannot change is the fact that the Black and Gold are a hard-hitting and hard-working team. The core elements of that hard work have to stay the same.
Mike Samuels is an NFL Writer for The Penalty Flag. He can be contacted at MSamuels @ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.