I can already hear the screams as people read the title and then go running as is zombies were chasing them.
This is what happens with such a polarizing figure in Pittsburgh.
If you look at Todd Haley in a small window like the loss to Baltimore, you immediately think “fired!”
The opening drive of the game was so bad it looked as though a third grader drew it in the dirt.
Late in the game, Haley appeared out of options and went with his two-point conversion play to score the touchdown just to get to the two-point attempt. Apparently Haley’s play book resembles a kids’ menu from Red Lobster.
However, if you look at things over the period since both Le’Veon Bell and Heath Miller returned, the offense has gradually improved.
Many will point to the no-huddle offense with Ben Roethlisberger choosing the plays as to why the offense has thrived. That is very true but to say Haley had nothing to do with it wouldn’t be fair.
Did you know that Baltimore had given up just four touchdowns at home all season? The Steelers scored three. I’d say that’s progress.
Prior to losing to the Ravens, the Steelers were averaging about 30 points per game in their three straight wins. I’d say that’s progress as well.
The last three weeks have seen Roethlisberger sacked a total of one time as the line comes together and the quick strike passing game has taken effect. This is likely to change though with Fernando Velasco lost for the season.
Make no mistake about my personal feelings towards Haley keeping this gig for a third year. I want him gone and gone yesterday. The constant obsession with multiple tight ends and fullbacks has cost this team games.
There is always a place and time for such packages but Haley uses them way too much and I believe even he knows it.
The reason I ask “Is Haley saving his job?” is not because of how I or you feel about him at all. It’s how Art Rooney II feels about him. That’s all that matters. Regardless of what anyone tells me I will always believe that his hiring was done by ARII.
Will his ego allow him to admit the hiring hasn’t worked or will the opposite happen?
The final four games will dictate far more than just whether this team makes the playoffs or not. They will also dictate Todd Haley’s future in Pittsburgh as well.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 630pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.