LATROBE (93-7 The Fan) – Steelers Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley sat down with “The Fan Morning Show” during the guys’ live broadcast from Training Camp to talk about his career in Pittsburgh and how he’s preparing his offense for the 2014 season.
Haley told the guys that the offense largely built momentum during its strong second half in 2013. He said that momentum is having an effect this offseason because there’s a nice cohesiveness on the staff to start with.
“You could see that we started to operate at a better level,” Haley said. “And I think that, when you finish strong in this league, it has an effect on everybody involved, and it carried over into the offseason.”
He thinks that some of the reported issues in his relationships with players and with the community have been blown out of proportion.
“I think a lot of it is overblown,” Haley said. “I’ve been excited to be here. We’ve had some obstacles and hurdles to overcome. It’s about what we do on the field. We’ve shown flashes of being a pretty good offense at times, and at other times have struggled. This is a big year, obviously, I think, for everybody. We want to build off of last year and go forward this year, get off to a good start, and do great things. That’s our goal.”
He isn’t too bothered by the public perception of him, though.
“I coach with great passion,” Haley said. “But there’s a lot of guys that have done it that way. It always makes me feel good whenever new people come into the mix and pretty quickly, within the first couple days, I’ll get, ‘Geez, you’re not such a bad guy!’ I just try to be me. I tell the players all the time, there’s no room for sensitivity in this business, and I’ve got to live the same way. You’ve got to let all that stuff roll off your back. Otherwise, you’ll have your head in the ground or be hiding under the porch somewhere.”
So, is Haley in a rush to land another job as a head coach?
“It’s a great accomplishment to be a head coach,” Haley said. “I was able to get to the playoffs and win the division one year. But, it’s not necessarily all it’s cracked up to be if you got into this business when nobody was making any money and you were doing it for the love of coaching. It’s fun coaching, and you get to coach a lot more as a position coach or as a coordinator. And to be in Pittsburgh, and to be home, to be part of this great organization – I’m not in any hurry to go anywhere.”
The interview can be heard here: