BEREA, Ohio — Todd Haley stated he has turned the web page, however the offensive coordinator began his first information convention with the Cleveland Browns by speaking about how proud he was of his success the previous six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Did a whole lot of actually good issues,” Haley stated Wednesday. “We developed arguably the perfect receiver within the league (Antonio Brown). Developed arguably the perfect again within the league (Le’Veon Bell). Developed one of many high quarterbacks within the league (Ben Roethlisberger). Constantly did a whole lot of good issues, scored a whole lot of factors.”
How does Haley reconcile having such nice success with the Steelers and never being stored after his offense scored 42 factors in a playoff loss to Jacksonville?
“I hate this phrase,” Haley stated, “however it’s what it’s.”
The Steelers’ loss is the Browns’ achieve. Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson gave up the offensive coordinator duties to a man who in Pittsburgh was recognized for a high-powered offense and brutal honesty with gamers and different coaches.
Jackson willingly stepped again to the purpose that the Browns will use Haley’s terminology whereas working to mix Haley’s strategy with Jackson’s. Haley stated he’s not a system man and has no offensive philosophy aside from one emphasis: “No matter offers us the perfect likelihood to win, that’s what we’re doing,” he stated.
In Pittsburgh, Haley’s offenses completed third, seventh, third and second in complete offense the previous 4 seasons. He reduce down on Roethlisberger’s sacks, received Brown to be the primary participant in NFL historical past with 100 or extra catches in 5 consecutive seasons and noticed Bell flip into the NFL’s finest all-purpose again.
In Cleveland, Haley has Josh Gordon at receiver however uncertainty at quarterback and operating again. He additionally has gone from a workforce that went to the playoffs 4 years in a row to 1 that has one win complete up to now two seasons.
“I had some choices, however this actually appealed to me,” Haley stated. “The problem side of it. Hue, like I stated, [owners Jimmy and Dee] Haslam and [GM] John [Dorsey]. I feel there’s items in place to achieve success.”
When: April 26-28
The place: Arlington, Texas
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Haley supplied few specifics about gamers or plans as a result of he’s nonetheless doing preliminary evaluations, however he stated he welcomed the possibility to work for a head coach who was additionally the workforce’s offensive coordinator the previous two seasons. Haley stated he had an analogous state of affairs when he went to Arizona as offensive coordinator in 2007 beneath Ken Whisenhunt, who had known as performs earlier than for the Steelers.
“I all the time say I don’t care the place concepts come from — different coaches or gamers,” Haley stated. “I simply need the perfect concept that provides us the perfect likelihood to succeed.”
Haley shall be a part of evaluating the quarterbacks within the draft, and he little question will attend professional days and exercises with Jackson. As for phrase that his confrontational type with Roethlisberger led to his departure from the Steelers, Haley smiled.
“I don’t have quite a bit to say about it,” he stated. “I do know that how I used to be mentored and taught early was that the coach’s job is to return in and coach the gamers, develop the gamers firstly. That needs to be No. 1. That’s actually how I’m going about enterprise.”
Haley’s different smile got here when he was requested whether or not he felt sorry for the Browns going 1-31 the previous two seasons.
“No,” he stated. “Not on this enterprise.”
Haley’s Pittsburgh roots run deep. His father, Dick, performed for the Steelers and labored of their entrance workplace from 1971 to 1990. Todd Haley grew up watching and disliking the Browns — till he was befriended by former Cleveland coach Sam Rutigliano. And, in fact, Haley spent the previous six seasons with the Steelers as their offensive coordinator.
“We had Steelers stuff stocked up for six years,” he stated, “and persons are amazed that whenever you go someplace else, you place it in a field and see who desires it.”