Haley Speaks in Pittsburgh

Former Chiefs head coach Todd Haley was back home in Pittsburgh on Thursday, publicly introduced as the Steelers new offensive coordinator.

“I want to let everybody in this room know just how genuinely excited I am to be part of the Pittsburgh Steelers family,” Haley said. “I say family because that is what I know it as. All of my early memories in life somehow revolved around the Steelers. My earliest memory was watching the Immaculate Reception. Those things have stayed with me and are a big part of who and what I am.”

Haley left one of the most dysfunctional NFL organizations in the Chiefs and joined one of the most stable, even though there is talk now that his hiring was not that of head coach Mike Tomlin, but of the front office and ownership because of his background with the team and his father’s time spent.

Tomlin did not take questions on the hiring Thursday, preferring that Haley have the stage. But that didn’t stop the speculation that the head coach was on the outside. Haley, however, said that he met three different times in three different places with Tomlin.

“In my mind it’s the greatest organization in the NFL and the greatest team,” Haley said. “That all comes from the heart. I am excited I am here, working amongst the coaches and getting to know them and the players. I had to prepare for the Steelers last year. Now, it’s a little different. I am just trying to use up every second that I have to move forward and have some fun.”

Moving forward will include meeting Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger who indicated on Thursday he was looking forward to meeting one of his new bosses.

“I’ve gotten a lot of calls and texts and emails from people around the league, both good and bad about him,” Roethlisberger said during an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper. “Everybody has an opinion, as we all know, and they’re letting me know what their interaction with him was — good, bad and indifferent. I’ve heard a lot of things and I’m looking forward to meeting him and forming my own opinion.”

There will be plenty of familiar elements in the Steelers offense under Haley for Roethlisberger to play with.

“I am just a believer offensively that you do what gives you the best chance to succeed,” Haley said. ”So if your best chance to succeed is to run the ball 63 times a game, then you run the ball 63 times a game.  I am going to do what gives our players the chance to be the best they can possibly be because generally when that is occurring, you are doing well. I am not a statistics guy as far as end of the year stats, but I want to protect the football and score points.

“The emphasis is on winning. There is a very high expectation here in the city of Pittsburgh. I grew up here. I understand what is expected from the fans and the city of Pittsburgh. The Steelers are just such a great part of this town and that is where my excitement is, to come back and be a part of this great tradition, and not be part of it in an average sense.”

20 Responses to “Haley Speaks in Pittsburgh”

  • February 9, 2012  - Blake says:

    Most dysfunctional organizations in the NFL?? Lol Bob do you have any facts to back that up?

    Maybe it is time to go back to the Steelers Bob, you obviously have some deep hatred for the Chiefs and it is showing more and more with every story you write….

  • February 10, 2012  - ED J says:

    Wow guess Bob serious abour running off all his subscribers. Im like you Blake where’s proof backup those facts. Some rogue story by the Kc star by bunch of old disgruntled employees who felt since of entitlement because yrs they put in on job. When NFL nor FBI are looking into story. Seriously want be back next fall when its time re up this subscription. One too many free outlets out there that gets real Chiefs inside information and too certainly not gone take guys take unfair shots at my team but kiss the a## of every former GM or coach that leaves here. Im tell you Bob like i would tell guy who comes to wk and complains about how much he hate his job Quit. Nobody putting gun to your head making you do this. If hate Chiefs so much go find one of 31 other teams to cover.

  • February 10, 2012  - ED J says:

    Also now back tracking on story i see. When Haley 1st got job Bob stated nothing to do with relationship with team. Hiss dad hadnt wk for Steelers in 30 to 40 yrs. Now you cone out and say Tomlin didnt even have imput on the hire and he got job because ownership new him from when he was ball boy with team yada yada yada. Bottom line lets not act like Chiefs only organization that hires people because of past working relationahips. Goes on everywhere in NFL here is further proof of that

  • February 10, 2012  - Tenand6 says:

    Why is stating facts controversial? I hope the Chiefs learn from their mistakes. I hope Clark Hunt moves to Kansas City. I hope Scott Pioli either sees to it his associates has the best coffee money can buy or he buts out of it entirely. I hope the long time, loyal employees that were let go aren’t smeared in the press and treated with respect— excellent severance pay and if they were discriminated against due to their age, they are paid in a settlement.

    The Chiefs are a mess and they can fix it. I hope they do. Soon.

  • February 10, 2012  - Denverchief says:

    You know Bob, enough is enough. Time for the crap to stop & move on. I liked Todd but plain & simple he screwed up in the preseason & we were not prepared to start when it counted. And we never recovered with any type of consistant play. Next, when you have a new owner & thats what we have “a new owner” then changes happen. I have yet to see a new busuness, replacing or purchasing a business, not come in & make changes with the old employees, whether it be position changes or people, business is business. People continue to rag on Scott, probably the same people that didn’t like Carl. I do agree that it is time for Scott to show his worth THIS YEAR. So far with the hold overs & with the new hires I think Romeo has a good group of coaches & a better roster to go forward with than Todd did when he came in. I’m excited about that & this year. What I would rather see from you is: 1) How is rehab going for 4 of our important players in 2012? 2) Any news on our unsigned players? 3) Free agency starts in a month, who fits & who doesn’t? 4)Draft is 2 months away, who will come in for interviews, who fits other needs, what undrafted players may be a find? 5) Last but not least, move on from what you have been focusing on the last couple of months, its getting old & driving me to other sites for my long distance Chiefs news. Thank You

  • February 10, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    It might be a good exercise to look at the turnover on our staff and compare it to other teams in the league over the time Clark Hunt has run the team. That’s probably a pretty telling statistic. Simplistic analysis and comments abound but the point is that the this is um, actually Bob’s site and we have to make the choice as to whether we want to subscribe or not. I’m sure he’s pretty pissed at the current regime with good reason. Stating the obvious may run off some but I’m betting we have just as many others who love the Chiefs, warts and all, and don’t mind Bob and others showing their obvious displeasure and aggravation with the team and organization. Many actually value the contradictions and differing points of view. It’s the purpose of a blog. They have been and always will be my team also but I’m pretty pissed off at them right now over the recent direction of the franchise. Oh and by the way, like him or not, Haley landed pretty well and got the job in Pittsburgh because of his football acumen and not because he was a ball boy for the team 40 years ago. That’s a pretty fatuous statement in and of itself. Good luck to him and I hope we kick his *** when we play them.

  • February 10, 2012  - RW says:

    I think all this Bob bashing is understandable on some level, unwarranted on another. Having the almost daily exposure to the team, going to press conferences, talking with front office, coaches and players on a regular basis DOES impact the views of anyone in that position.

    I can only form my opinions of the team from afar, that is, seeing them on TV, and various internet access points. That’s a weak version of what Bob sees from a far closer and more realistic perspective. If he’s biased in his remarks, I don’t see it. I see someone who doesn’t sugarcoat his coverage, isn’t a kiss ass to the likes of Hunt Jr. or Pioli and calls it what his eyes and ears are revealing to him.

    Some may not like the message imparted and again, that’s understandable. I’d sooner hear the truth, warts and all, than be served up the mindless pap some of these aforementioned internet access points serve up as credible news.

    But, that’s just me.

  • February 10, 2012  - Rowan says:

    As a blog we are paying for Bob’s view and experience. Sometimes he is reporting Sometimes editorializing. Objectively the supersecrecy (Did Paoli ever work for Apple?) make reporting much harder. So we get what he can extrapolate from minimal information.

    With a mess like Haley’s firing and whatever dynamics got it to that point EVERYBODY is wrong. Egg on everybody’s face. In the best of all possible worlds all learn and do better. What Haley didn’t learn is the Steelers problem. (BTW am big Haley fan.). What Hunt and Paoli didn’t or don’t learn is our problem. Lotta hope for subtle teaching ability of grandpa coach. Good employees make their bosses better.

  • February 10, 2012  - el cid says:

    Funny stuff by all. Two spend their time blaming Bob for everything from no rain to no snow, yet here they sit, why?, I am not sure.

    One wants Clark to move to KC, really? Some want to be fair, why you’re fans and fair has nothing to do with it.

    After Stam’s superbowl win, then Marty’s run, and finally Vermeil’s, what have the Chiefs been?…..Not really very good, bad decisions by GMs, poor coaching, one or two decent players but always short as a complete team.

    But we love them anyway. Now we have so much info from media and internet, wow, but not in KC, not the Pioli way.

    I say forget Haley and focus on this year. What bodies will Pioli add, will Crennel and Daboll work out? This may be the beginning of a great run. ED and Blake, stop reading this stuff, you never like it and will get ulcers, LOL.

  • February 10, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Cid, dude, I’m with you. Chiefs for better or worse.

  • February 10, 2012  - Blake says:

    el cid, I have already paid to read the stuff, kinda hard to get that money back now don’t you think. Sorry if I disagree with Bob saying that the Chiefs are one of the most dysfunctional teams in the NFL. Maybe if he had some proof and actually stated some facts rather than just disrespecting the team that we all love.

  • February 10, 2012  - txchief says:

    I used to think this was a place where I could get information regarding the team. It really has become a blunt implement with which Bob clubs the Chiefs organization.

    Some Chiefs football news would be a refreshing change. Haley is last year’s news. I was never a big fan. I think he got off to a bad start with team leaders such as Tony Gonzales and Brian Waters, and he never was able to get the players to rally behind him.

    Haley’s 2011 preseason plan was an absolute disaster, and he apparently could not get along with many in the organization. It was never going to work for him in KC. I hope Crennel and his staff can accomplish more.

    By the way, 2/8/2012 was the 12th anniversary of Derrick Thomas’ passing. I remember walking past his casket at Arrowhead. It was a tough drive to and from KC, but I had to come to pay my respects. What a tragedy it was for him. I’m sure all Chiefs fans miss as much as I do. It was always great to see him play.

  • February 10, 2012  - johnfromfairfax says:

    A lot of good points. DT’s passing is a memory we should all remember but would like to forget. Thanks for sharing txchief. That was a rough time for all Chiefs fans and emphasizes the trivial nature of of our preoccupations with the team today. So many times I thought he was offsides and the replay would show how unbelievably quick he was off the edge without jumping. He was and always will be one of the Chiefs greats.

  • February 10, 2012  - cychief24 says:

    Well said edj, txchief, Denverchief.

    I’ll keep checking a couple times a week (instead of my usual everyday) to see if Bob returns to covering the Chiefs. The continual bitter, irrational, opinionated bashing is beyond old.

    If it doesn’t change I won’t renew next year.

  • February 11, 2012  - Petey says:

    For the love of God, please just go…stop threatening to leave if Bob doesn’t write what you want him to.

    If you want puppies and rainbows and sunshine that all is well, please just go to KCCHIEFS.com.

    But please, please, please just stop the whining.

  • February 11, 2012  - Jim Ewing says:

    When u insult my Chiefs by calling them dysfunctional u will understand while your comments do not ring true with me. U have lost all credibility with me and thus will understand why u will not receive any more of my dollars in order to read your trash. {a former paying customer}

  • February 12, 2012  - el cid says:

    Jim, if you know anything at all about “my Chiefs” then you know there are issues with little or nothing to do with the game on sundays. If you are so bound up with untruth, might look at the garbage you wrote using poor english at best.

    Bye. The truth will set you free. Try Chiefs home site, all is good there 24/7.

  • February 12, 2012  - RedandGold says:

    I Pioli wasn’t such a prick Bob would have Chiefs news to print. People had no problem bashing Peterson but for whatever reason are afraid to bash Pioli. People, can you not see what Pioli has done to this Franchise because of his paranoid BS. This is not New England Folks. I love the Chiefs not the Patriots and the more Pioli tries to paint over our red and gold the more pissed I get. Those of you that are attempting to bully Bob with your $25.00 gold bars are angry with the wrong guy.

  • February 12, 2012  - ED J says:

    Man seriously you gone blame Pioli for Bob writing trash stories. Good reporters find info even when its hard to get. Don’t find guys at ESPN having hard time getting info about Chiefs or Patriots. Or even Jay Glazer. Bottom line is most of you complain about Pioli and Patriot Way but I’ll take it over what we’ve been doing last 42yrs. I wasnt even born yet when Chiefs won last Super Bowl. To me I have no problem with what Bob being honest but he’s consistently blasting Chiefs off rumors. NFL nor Feds are confirming or investigating the matter. Its more slander than anything.

    Then I hear some of you so called Chiefs fans complain about a guy trying bring in Championship mentality well like I said I’ll take it over what we’ve been doing last 42yrs. That’s how long its been since this team won Super Bowl. What I don’t want to read is Bob kissing butt of guys who hasnt done anything more than what Pioli has done yet on one end you trash him then try praise guys like Carl Peterson. And what has he done in his career as GM. Pioli at very least has 3 Super Bowl rings. Peterson won 3 playoff games in 20yrs I mean really who gets to stay with franchise that long to even accomplish that kind of futility. At end of day I do believe Pioli will get last laugh on all the Pioli bashers whether its fans or media. You don’t have that kind of success without know what you’re doing. As for fans going back and forth about matter I pay my $25 not to hear a reporter bash the team with rumors. It’ll be different if the stuff was true and then on other end he has his lips puckered up to kiss but of former Chiefs who no longer are here. I didn’t sign up for the crap that’ll all I’m saying . I think mostly that’s all most Chiefs fans on here saying.

  • February 13, 2012  - collin ryan says:

    good luck haley,you will do just fine it is to bad things had to go this way,but some things are meant to be.I think in a couple of years Haley will get another shot at a head coaching job and do just fine.he”ll meet us again in a playoff game and destroy us and laugh in are faces. thanks, Collin

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