The photo above is pulled from the infamous pissing-match between former Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin and then OC Todd Haley after Boldin was upset at being pulled from the 2008 NFC Championship game for no explanation. It’s because of this sideline dispute that Todd Haley is known as a fiery “one way” type of coach.
He’s had an in-your-face kind of coaching style for a while, dating from his days with the Cardinals as well as his stint as Head Coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. With the Chiefs he had a few more sideline arguments, even some where another player had to step in to break things up.
Now Haley has moved on from the Chiefs and Cardinals to take on his new role as OC for the Steelers. Some say that Haley’s coaching style might not fly so well with two-time Super Bowl Winning QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Haley wants to keep Roethlisberger in the pocket, where he will ward off pressure with short, efficient strikes instead of his usual madcap escapes to the sidelines. Roethlisberger is a QB that likes to escape when a play breaks down and try to make something out of nothing. With these much different styles, it’s assumed that there will be clashes in Pittsburgh throughout the season.
Steelers WR Antonio Brown however, doesn’t see a problem with Todd Haley.
“Todd’s really a cool guy — shaking guy’s hands, communicating with guys, putting in that extra time for guys, visiting with guys. (Bruce) wasn’t really that type of guy — he just went about his business,” Brown said, according to Dan Gigler of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“You can’t go off of what you hear about a person until you really get to meet him, and, since I met this guy, he’s been first class.”
We’re not saying that he’s a bad guy either, we’re just saying that his coaching style might be a little different than what the offense, in particular Ben Roethlisberger, was used to with long-time OC Bruce Arians who “retired” only to be hired with the Colts.
Roethlisberger hasn’t had anything bad to say up to this point. But in the heat of the moment, trailing in the fourth quarter, Ben might break up one of Haley’s plays to try to make something out of it as he’s done many times before. Then what will happen on the sideline? Only time will tell.
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