PSR ANYTIME. ANYWHERE. Introducing the Pittsburgh Sports Report eMagazine. Click to read and watch the best sports coverage in the region.
Saturday November 22 2014
Leave this field empty.

The Haley Files

PSR Logo
New Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was born in Atlanta in 1967. His father, Dick Haley, moved the family to Pittsburgh when he became the Steelers Director of Player Personnel, and as a child young Todd served as a Steelers ball boy while attending training camps alongside his dad.

He later attended Upper Saint Clair High School and went on to play golf at both the University of Miami and the University of Florida. He then graduated from the University of North Florida in 1991 with a degree in communications. Four years later, he was hired by the New York Jets as a scout and embarked on his football career. Haley and his wife Chrissy have five children.  


Experience
• 1995-96 New York Jets - Scouting Department
• 1997-2000 New York Jets - Offensive Assistant/Wide Receivers Coach

-Helped Keyshawn Johnson make his second career Pro Bowl appearance
-Became friends with Scott Pioli, the Jets Director of Pro Personnel


• 2001-03 Chicago Bears - Wide Receivers Coach
-Helped Marty Booker become the first Bears Pro Bowl receiver since 1971


• 2004-06 Dallas Cowboys - Wide Receivers Coach
-Developed quarterback Tony Romo and the Cowboys' passing offense with Terry Glenn and Terrell Owens
- In 2006, he filed a $1.7 million lawsuit against McDonalds after finding a dead rat in his wife's salad.  Haley initially just wanted an apology from the corporation instead of making more unwanted publicity for the Cowboys, who were overwhelmed with Terrell Owens' behavior, but no apology came and the case was later settled out of court. 


• 2007-08 Arizona Cardinals - Offensive Coordinator
-Helped the Cardinals tie for third in league scoring and break franchise record with 427 points
-Cardinals appeared in first Super Bowl in franchise history


• 2009-11 Kansas City Chiefs - Head Coach
-Hired by friend and current General Manager, Scott Pioli
-Lost first five games of season
-The team eventually released running back Larry Johnson shortly after he made comments on Twitter criticizing Haley
-Fired on December 12, 2011 after the team started 5-8


• 2012-Present Pittsburgh Steelers-Offensive Coordinator
-First offensive coordinator to be hired from outside organization in 13 years


As many fans are aware, Haley is an extremely emotional coach who has been at times loved or hated—sometimes both—by players and management alike.


Terrell Owens – Former Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver
Owens and Haley had an argument after Haley berated him for missing a team practice; Owens claimed he was sick. 
"There will be no more friendly nothing because I don't trust anybody like that,” Owens said. “I will go out and practice hard. I will respect him as a coach, and he should respect me as a player. Anything outside of that I am not going to be able to deal with. Right now, we are merely coworkers, and that's it."


The two also had a confrontation when Owens seemed to be a no-show during a practice. 


"By the time I step on the field, Todd starts cursing at me, this and that, and I'm like, 'Dude, I was in the restroom. He said, 'I don't [care] what you were doing. Everybody else is out here.’"


Josh McDaniels - Denver Broncos Head Coach
Haley also made headlines when he refused to shake the hand of Denver coach Josh McDaniels after the Broncos beat the Chiefs 49-29. Haley later apologized but McDaniels remained confused.
"I'm not sure about that. It's part of the game,” McDaniels said. “And we all make choices. So…"


Larry Johnson – Former Kansas City Chiefs Running Back
After a disappointing season with the Chiefs, Johnson took to Twitter, before he was officially cut from the team, to voice his displeasure with Haley.
"My father got more credentials than most of these pro coaches. My father played for the coach from 'Rememeber the Titans.' Our coach played golf. My father played for the Redskins briefly. Our coach, nuthin."


Larry Fitzgerald- Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver
After winning the NFC championship and making it to Super Bowl XLII, Fitzgerald had nothing but praise for his former offensive coordinator.
"I think Todd is a great coach. He's fun to play for. Everybody says he's a hard ass and this, that and the third,” Fitzgerald said, “but at the end of the day when Todd came in the locker room he'd give you the biggest hug. He wanted it so bad for us. He prepared so much and he pushed us. I remember after the NFC Championship game he was in tears. Those moments are what I'll remember." 


Keyshawn Johnson – Former Chicago Bears Wide Receiver
Even after leaving Chicago, Johnson continued to get pointers from his former wide receivers coach.
"Todd Haley, the Chicago wide receivers coach,” Johnson said, “I was in Tampa, and he was coaching me from Chicago about things he'd seen on film I was doing wrong that I needed to do better. When you look at all that stuff, you believe in that, and you're going to run through a wall for that."

This is not a great time for the National Football League. America's richest and most successful sports league is being taken to task by everyone from media to protest groups to longtime fans.
Editor's DeskFeature One
When the Penguins dealt Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and the No. 8 overall pick on Draft Day 2012, they were coming off a string of disappointing playoff finishes.
Blue LineFeature Two
The six western Pennsylvania quarterbacks in the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Joe Namath, George Blanda and Johnny Unitas -- will be honored in Pittsburgh next summer.
Feature ThreePure Steel
From 2004 to 2011, the Steelers led the league or finished second in fewest points allowed per game five times. Those squads were marshaled by Steelers greats such as nose tackle Casey Hampton and receiver Hines Ward, who recently made headlines for calling his old team's defense “soft.”
Feature FourPure Steel
PSR VIDEO
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 1 Steelers TV Channel
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 2Xfinity HS FootballHigh School TV Channel
Full size video and summary... Misc YouTube Player 3Steelers TV Channel
The 2014-15 season is underway and plenty of high-end talent dots the top teams in America. Here is PSR's early peek at some of the best players in the land.
Custom 1National
There were smiles after a Plum football game late last season, for the first time in more than two years. The Mustangs finally came out on the winning end of a game.
Custom 2High School
At Pitt Basketball’s 2014 Midnight Madness event, Joseph Uchebo did not win the dunk contest. He did, however, win over the fans.
Custom 3Pitt Basketball
Can John Calipari load up for another title run with what is perhaps America's most talented roster? Does UConn have enough to repeat? Will the Tar Heels big men lead UNC to the promised land?
Custom 4National