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At a time when many league observers suspect that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones could demote coach Wade Phillips to the recently-vacated position of defensive coordinator and then hire a new head coach, the speculation centers on guys like Mike Shanahan and Jon Gruden.
But what about Todd Haley?
He spent three years with the Cowboys as a member of Bill Parcells’ staff, as receiver coach and passing game coordinator.  Haley left two years ago to become the offensive coordinator in Arizona, and he’s catching plenty of excellent publicity and praise as the Cardinals continue one of the most stunning postseason runs in NFL history.
It’s the kind of story that Jones could find very intriguing.
Then again, bringing Haley back likely would entail dumping receiver Terrell Owens.  Haley and Owens had a problem in 2006, ultimately resulting in discipline being imposed against Haley, presumably for talking out of school regarding an incident between Haley and Owens.
The spat prompted Owens to declare publicly that his relationship with Haley had been ruined.
“There will be no more friendly nothing because I don’t trust anybody like that,” Owens said.  “I will go out and practice hard.  I will respect him as a coach, and he should respect me as a player.  Anything outside of that I am not going to be able to deal with.  Right now, we are merely coworkers, and that’s it.”
But given Haley’s work with a certain receiver wearing No. 11 in Arizona and the presence of a certain underutilized receiver wearing No. 11 in Dallas for whom Jones gave up multiple draft picks, maybe Jones will do what he has to do to get Haley, even if it means bidding adieu to T.O.
It would give Jones the ultimate pretext for dumping Owens.  The owner could explain that he’s not admitting failure with Owens, but that the franchise is making a long-term decision at head coach, and recognizing that they’re hiring a head coach with whom Owens can’t co-exist.
Even if it doesn’t happen in Dallas, can anyone explain how in the hell Haley didn’t get even a sniff for any of the other jobs that were filled this year, and those that are still vacant?  

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19 Responses to “TODD HALEY'S STAR IS RISING?”
  1. F00kFl0ri0 says: Jan 18, 2009 5:03 PM

    Is the so-called PFT rumor mill something that NFL “insiders” use to get info out or Florio’s ruminating of jackassetry scenarios? Let’s see if I can play this game too. With Andy Reid’s obscenely grotesque belly on display every week “Nutri System” food products wants him to be their new spokesperson, some say……

  2. Bill In DC says: Jan 18, 2009 5:06 PM

    LOL, Only problem is Fitzgerald == TO+Williams+Austin. It might be easy to look like a genius with Fitz and Boldin as your #1 & #2

  3. vincelombardi says: Jan 18, 2009 5:11 PM

    man is there a more bitter human being on this earth right now than box vaginas? this guy wouldn’t get on here when the cowturds were getting the crap kicked out of them but now he is all over it, and he is so delusional he won’t even address the FACT the cowturds haven’ won a playoff game since, oh i don’t know-TWELVE F-N years!!! box, your a F-N IDIOT!

  4. Bradybunch says: Jan 18, 2009 5:12 PM

    How about Charles Haley? They can call him coach Johnson.

  5. Vox Veritas says: Jan 18, 2009 5:14 PM

    “But given Haley’s work with a certain receiver wearing No. 11 in Arizona”
    Yeah, Larry Fritz-Freaking-Gerald sucked before Haley showed up! hahaha
    “Even if it doesn’t happen in Dallas, can anyone explain how in the hell Haley didn’t get even a sniff for any of the other jobs that were filled this year, and those that are still vacant?”
    Maybe because his team is still active? Just a guess. Maybe Haley will get the Eagirls head coaching job, and he can work with Jason Avant so we can start calling him Jason A-Fricking-Vant one day.
    P.S. Cardinals defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast is a former Cowboys coach (1996-2002), too.

  6. jmikeh says: Jan 18, 2009 5:15 PM

    Nice shot in the dark, Florio. Who are you, Ozzy Osbourne?

  7. Barack Obama says: Jan 18, 2009 5:21 PM

    Does someone want to explain to me why reid one for the point after instead of 2 on the TD scored by Brent Celek? The 2 (if converted)would of pulled them within a field goal.

  8. ScootyPuffJunior says: Jan 18, 2009 5:22 PM

    T.O.? Having a problem with a coach??? No way, I don’t believe it.

  9. SeaofHands says: Jan 18, 2009 5:22 PM

    I’m guessing that Al Davis might be giving this guy a call Monday morning for the head coaching job. Probably why he always waits until the dust settles before he hires a new coach for the next year and a half.

  10. Elaw6 says: Jan 18, 2009 5:23 PM

    Leon Lett should make a 30 page power point for Jerry JOnes

  11. Popeye says: Jan 18, 2009 5:38 PM

    its awesome how a story about Haley shows up on the site 15 minutes after Buck and Aikman talk about his star being on the rise. What a coincidence

  12. Vox Veritas says: Jan 18, 2009 5:38 PM

    “T.O.? Having a problem with a coach?”
    Parcells had a problem with him too, apparently. Ultimately Haley was not disciplined but the isdsue arose when Haley went to the media with some stuff that had happened with TO. Kinda hard to blame TO OR Parcells for getting pissed off about it.

  13. Vox Veritas says: Jan 18, 2009 5:41 PM

    “Haley and Owens had a problem in 2006, ultimately resulting in discipline being imposed against Haley”
    By the way, the link you cite says “Cowboys decide not to discipline WR coach”

  14. cowboyup says: Jan 18, 2009 5:47 PM

    Florio – Marty Morneningweg just called and wants to know if you’ve stopped watching the NFC Championship?

  15. empty13 says: Jan 18, 2009 6:23 PM

    Nobody beats the whis – nobody!
    (And no this doesn’t mean there is hope for detroit)

  16. errk says: Jan 18, 2009 9:07 PM
    Al Davis HAS been sniffing around this guy…

  17. FinfanJim says: Jan 18, 2009 9:55 PM

    Haley also was jawing it up with Boldin on the sideline tonight as well. Boldin has a pretty good reputation as a team player. Maybe there is an issue with Haley. Maybe not…

  18. NonYahooHotmailAcct says: Jan 18, 2009 11:08 PM

    Didn’t Haley (or his wife or something) have some sort of beef with a restaurant that served him/heer a mouse or something?

  19. dallas1966 says: Jan 19, 2009 2:12 AM

    haley is a type a behavior and will burn out very fast if given a head coaching job. with him and bolden yakking it up on the sidelines during the nfc championship game, will defintely have legs during the non-superbowl week, espn will show the incident a zillion times, and once the cardinals get to tampa, the cardinals players better get ready to hear it from the media during media day. i think what happen between boldin and haley will backfire on the cardinals and they will not be focus on the steelers, because of continous questions regarding the incident and espn contious showing of the incident will wear down the cardinals players and bingo the steelers who will only have to focus on the cardinals will win a blowout, unless of course espn and the media continously ask the steelers players and coaches why the stadium decided to play music while willie mcgahee laid motionless on henz field. if the both team have continously answer questions regarding those issue, then we maybe in for a treat of a superbowl where both teams are not focus and the game is high scoring because of mental mistakes from both sides, the first super bowl to go into overtime, maybe.

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