After leading Mike Tomlin’s offense since 2012, Todd Haley’s time is up in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers decided to make the change after a 45-24 divisional round loss to the Jaguars (and, it should be mentioned, an off-the-field incident on New Year’s Eve). At a time when some of the franchise’s partners want a change of direction at head coach, the team instead decided to part with Haley, who arrived in Pittsburgh after a dismal stint as head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
With Haley calling the plays, the Steelers made the playoffs each of the past four seasons, but never reached the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh had the 2nd, 3rd, 7th, and 3rd ranked total offenses the past four seasons.
In an apparent effort to keep things consistent in the organization, the Steelers have replaced Haley with long-time quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner, who has been with the team since 2007, first as the wide receivers coach.
Perhaps just as important, offensive line coach (and Hall of Fame guard) Mike Munchak has announced he will be staying in Pittsburgh. This comes on the heels of Munchak interviewing with the Cardinals for its open head coaching position.
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And in New York, after only one season, the Jets have moved on from offensive coordinator John Morton.
Under Morton, who replaced Chan Gailey, the Jets ranked 28th in total offense and 24th in points scored. The team posted its second consecutive 5-11 record.
Before joining Todd Bowles’ staff, Morton coached wide receivers in New Orleans (2015-2016) and San Francisco (2011-2014) after spending four years on staff at USC.
The next Jets offensive coordinator will be the team’s third in three seasons.
As for who that might be, the Jets could look at the recently fired (and aforementioned) Haley or even Darrell Bevell. Former Chargers head coach and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is also still on the open market. In-house candidates include quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates and wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell.