BEREA, Ohio (AP) Todd Haley’s dad performed for the Steelers, so he grew up in a family the place enemy traces have been clearly outlined.
”I hated the Browns,” Haley mentioned.
After six profitable seasons guiding one of many NFL’s most high-powered offenses in Pittsburgh, Haley is beginning anew in Cleveland with the winless Browns, a workforce he as soon as reviled however at all times revered.
Haley was employed final month by Browns coach Hue Jackson, who after two seasons of dealing with coordinator duties, is popping over each his offense and play calling to the previous Kansas Metropolis head coach. It’s one other new problem for Haley, who was dismissed by the Steelers within the ugly aftermath of their playoff loss to Jacksonville.
Haley opened his introductory information convention on Wednesday by touting just a few of his accomplishments throughout ”six actually good years” teaching stars Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell with the Steelers, however then made it clear he has moved on.
”I’m wanting ahead,” he mentioned, ”not again.”
For Haley, the Browns, coming off a historic Zero-16 season, current a brand new problem in a training profession that has had different exams. Following his departure in Pittsburgh, Haley mentioned he was interested in the Cleveland gig due to his familiarity with Jackson, working with new common supervisor John Dorsey and bringing again the Browns, who’re simply 1-31 the previous two seasons.
”I had some choices, however this actually appealed to me – the problem facet of it,” he mentioned. ”I believe there are items in place to achieve success. I went out to Arizona to be a coordinator, and Arizona had not had a lot success.
”Lots of people thought I used to be loopy for leaving Dallas once I did, however man, if you end up part of turning it round and having success, taking part in in massive video games and having success in massive video games, there’s nothing prefer it.
”That’s what appealed to me – the problem and the individuals I used to be going to be working alongside of.”
Haley felt the identical means in Pittsburgh, nearly as much as the time that the Steelers selected to not renew his contract, slicing him unfastened three days after the AFC North champions have been overwhelmed 45-42 by the Jaguars. Haley had been criticized for a number of selections in that loss, most notably two fourth down-and-short performs that the Steelers didn’t convert.
There’s no second-guessing in Cleveland. At the least not but.
Haley has spent the previous few weeks familiarizing himself with the Browns’ roster, which is anticipated to endure some main adjustments this offseason via free company and the NFL draft.
The Browns personal the Nos. 1 and four general picks and can seemingly use the primary selection to pick out a quarterback. Haley didn’t chew when requested if he most popular USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield or Wyoming’s Josh Allen, the consensus high QBs out there.
Nonetheless, Haley mentioned it’s thrilling to be in place to get one in all them.
”When you may have a few actually excessive picks like we do, it’s a nice alternative,” he mentioned. ”As my father at all times mentioned to me, `When you find yourself selecting within the high 10, Todd, you higher be proper more often than not.’ That would be the problem for everyone concerned.”
Dick Haley performed cornerback for the Steelers from 1961-64, and stayed in professional soccer after retiring as a participant personnel director for Pittsburgh and the New York Jets.
Todd Haley discovered at an early age in regards to the Browns-Steelers rivalry, and for the primary time he’s on the opposite facet of it.
The enemy has modified.
”I at all times need to beat whoever we’re taking part in,” he mentioned. ”Blood is thicker than water. All people at all times requested me, we had Steelers stuff stocked up for six years, and individuals are amazed that if you go some other place, you place it in a field and see who desires it.”
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