Reporting Eric Hagman
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Much was made of the relationship between new offensive coordinator Todd Haley and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the off-season, and much has been made of Haley’s relationship with his former employer.
Having already downplayed one, Haley made certain to downplay the other as the Steelers (5-3) prepared to host the Kansas City Chiefs (1-7) Monday night at 8:30.
“I don’t recall doing anything different. We’ve got one goal in mind, and that’s to continue to get better in all facets offensively, and this is a very good test for us,” he told 93.7 The Fan’s Eric Hagman on the South Side.
Their dismal bottom line to ignore, but statistically, Haley isn’t blind. Even as Big Ben, under his watch, has put the Steelers inside the NFL’s top ten in average passing yardage per game, the Chiefs rank just outside the top ten in pass defense and overall defense.
Furthermore, Haley seems uncertain whether his experience on the other sideline will benefit the Steelers.
“It may work both ways. A lot of guys over there know me pretty well too. I think, for us, it’s a minor advantage, but, more than anything, it’s just understanding guys on the other side of the ball…understanding their strengths and weaknesses. As a staff, that’s what we do every week,” he said. “Having some real insight into those players is a slight advantage, but those guys probably feel like they have an advantage, too.”
Haley fondly remembers his time as head coach of the Chiefs, which included the 2010 AFC West title, and he’s quite fond of the running back situation on his own team as well:
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