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Levi Brown: I’m not sure Todd Haley is in my corner


When the Cardinals traded tackle Levi Brown last week, the team didn’t offer any platitudes about appreciation for the job Brown did during his years on the roster.

Brown is now with the Steelers, but it doesn’t sound like he’s expecting a much warmer reception from one member of the Pittsburgh staff. Brown played for offensive coordinator Todd Haley when both men were in Arizona and Brown said Monday that he’s not sure that the shared experience left Haley with the warmest feelings for the way he plays the game.

“Well, you know, Todd is an interesting fella. Let’s just leave it at that,” Brown said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Me and Todd — I mean, everybody has their arguments. I’m not sure he’s like necessarily in my corner, but, at this point, I’m here, so, obviously, he liked that fight in me, so I appreciate it.”

Brown might not be Haley’s first choice or the first choice of anyone else in the organization, for that matter. Desperate times call for desperate measures, though, and the Steelers certainly find themselves in desperate times after watching Mike Adams try and fail at left tackle during their 0-4 start.

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45 Responses to “Levi Brown: I’m not sure Todd Haley is in my corner”
  1. primenumber19 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:17 AM

    Haley not supporting a player? Nooooo, I’m shocked! I still can’t believe the Rooneys shoved this guy down Tomlins throat, that’s a Jerry jones move.

  2. shayeezy says: Oct 8, 2013 9:26 AM

    sad days in the steel city

  3. jjackwagon says: Oct 8, 2013 9:28 AM

    Todd Haley is a spoiled child Bro. He’s not in anyone’s corner but his own.

    If Tomlin doesn’t get rid of him soon, they will both be gone at the end of the season.

  4. touchdownroddywhite says: Oct 8, 2013 9:28 AM

    The Steelers and Giants are really the only thing making it feel ok to be a Falcons fan right now. Just sayin’.

  5. riggz91 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:32 AM

    Man Todd Haley doesn’t get along with many players does he?

  6. torethatbridgeout says: Oct 8, 2013 9:34 AM

    Maybe Haley hates the Steelers and only accepted the job so he could destroy them from the inside out.

  7. loyalraven says: Oct 8, 2013 9:35 AM

    I enjoy Todd Haley as a Pittsburgh coach. His ineptitude fits in quite nicely. That being said is it just me or does Mike Tomlin have really intense blinks?

  8. 6250claimer says: Oct 8, 2013 9:47 AM

    Why anyone would pay this matador 7 figures to let D-linemen run right past completelyh him boggles the mind. It’s as puzzling a question as “who built the sphinx?”.

  9. qbcoach9 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:48 AM

    Todd Haley, the coach only a mother could love.

  10. ravanator says: Oct 8, 2013 9:52 AM

    Steelers continue to get weaker while the defending SuperBowl Champs continue to improve and prepare for another playoff run. Steelers fans keep telling yourselves that Brown is the answer to all your offensive line problems.


  11. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 8, 2013 9:52 AM

    Out of the frying pan, into the fire! HAHAHA!!!

  12. scott64836 says: Oct 8, 2013 9:55 AM

    I found it strange that an organization like the Steelers took a flyer on Haley after his stint in Kansas City. Todd is immature and can’t control his emotions. I think Todd has some coaching ability, but his offense is horrible, and his negatvity creates large gaps between himself and the players. In the end, it all becomes dysfunctional, which is how it was for him in Kanass City. Pittsburgh is now dysfunctional, and we have never seen that with the Steeler organization.

  13. markdepace says: Oct 8, 2013 9:57 AM

    Fail abounds here.

  14. beardinals says: Oct 8, 2013 10:02 AM

    If he plays like he cares, maybe he can get someone (anyone) in his corner.

  15. titaniksigh says: Oct 8, 2013 10:09 AM

    Does anyone like Haley? It seems like he’s a polarizing guy, generally towards the negative.

  16. evansdad1221 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:09 AM

    Nobody puts Haley in a corner…

  17. 3yardsndust says: Oct 8, 2013 10:16 AM

    Whether it was Tomlin or Colbert or both, whoever thought that Adams could play tackle in the NFL is a moron of the first magnitude.

    It’s time to shake up the front office in the Burgh. They have mucked up too many drafts and have the roster to show for it.

  18. groleo45 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:18 AM

    I’m just waiting for one, solitary player to come forward and say “I love Todd Haley. I think he’s a great dude and we can win with him calling the plays.”

    Except I don’t think anyone’s ever going to say that.

  19. nfloracle says: Oct 8, 2013 10:24 AM

    Is anyone in Haley’s corner other than Haley?

  20. thegonz13 says: Oct 8, 2013 10:29 AM

    Dude, Haley saw you suck for however long he coached in AZ. He watched you dress up as a turnstile and letting his QB’s get killed game after game after game after game. You were one of too many overrated players out of Penn State.

    And now, you say your new OC -and former head coach- isn’t in your corner? Well, duh!

  21. dannyreneau says: Oct 8, 2013 10:31 AM

    trust issues with your boss sounds like a great way to start a new job.

  22. citizenstrange says: Oct 8, 2013 10:55 AM

    Steeler fans will keep wanting to run their offensive coordinators out of town until Roethlisberger is no longer the starter. He got Arians fired and probably after this season Haley.

    Elite QBs get their O.C.s head coaching gigs. Roethlisberger gets his fired. Roethlisberger is an absolute O.C. killer.

  23. ravensfan8780 says: Oct 8, 2013 11:04 AM

    I don’t get this guy, he seems to be a problem wherever he coaches. At first the media portrayed as the fiery type now he’s just seen as a jerk who can’t get along with anyone

  24. pacificnw7722 says: Oct 8, 2013 11:10 AM

    Mike Adams = EPIC bust.

  25. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 8, 2013 11:17 AM

    The Jets game will be a warm-up for Levi, in preparation of plowing through that marshmellow d-line he’ll face in 2 weeks.

  26. originalsteelcurtain says: Oct 8, 2013 11:56 AM

    citizenstange, get your facts straight before you spout off like a knowitall.

    Ben loved Arians and lobbied to keep him. The owners wanted Arians gone.

    After tolerating the Buffoonery of Bruce, I gave Haley a long leash to prove his worth. Haley has just about ran out of leash.

  27. scaredhitless says: Oct 8, 2013 12:04 PM

    Todd Haley isn’t a bad person or a bad coach. He shows the attributes of someone who got everything as a kid, paid for exams in advance so he could ace them, got an award for doing nothing, and got every job via nepotism.

    Moral of the story: Being awesome is earned. If you want your kid to be awesome, make them work for it.

  28. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 8, 2013 12:14 PM

    I don’t get this guy, he seems to be a problem wherever he coaches. At first the media portrayed as the fiery type now he’s just seen as a jerk who can’t get along with anyone

    Sorta describes a lot of raven trolls on this thread.

  29. jtbsteeler says: Oct 8, 2013 12:40 PM

    Sergio Kindle = Epic bust
    Terrence Cody = Epic bust
    Boller = Epic bust
    Gradkowski = Bust in the making
    Any WR drafted by the Ravens not named Torrey Smith in the last 12 years = Epic bust

  30. earpaniac says: Oct 8, 2013 12:46 PM

    @ravensfan- He’s the same guy. When you WIN, you’re “fiery”. When you LOSE, you are an “immature jerk w/o people skills”.
    Winning changes everyone’s perception.

    But in this case, IMO, Haley is probably closer to the second, taking wins/losses out of the equation.

  31. twpguy1964 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:36 PM

    To take on that salary, for this year and next, for such a bust is totally idiotic! Heads need to roll here. You have a GM that gives out bad contracts like candy. Lets O lineman go in the off season and signs another worthless player in Whimper. Lets db’s go and your cornerbacks suck. Lets Wallace walk for nothing when they KNEW they weren’t going to sign him. I’m sick and tired of watching this team neglect the trade options, and when they do it, they trade for a guy that’s worse, AND MORE EXPENSIVE, than the guy’s they have? HUH! The Drafting has been shaky to say the least. Having guy’s the last couple years FALL TO YOU isn’t drafting well, even though the jury is still out on DeCastro and Jones so far. Go outside the organization, A Bill Polian , And bring him in here

  32. jtbsteeler says: Oct 8, 2013 1:50 PM

    The Steelers are only on the hook for $700k of his salary.

    Get your fact straight before you troll.

  33. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 8, 2013 1:54 PM

    Oh yes, twpguy, smart move. Let’s completely change the approach that brought home 6 Lombardi’s to start testing the free-agency market. Maybe you should go root for the Redskins.

  34. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 8, 2013 2:02 PM

    Not to overuse the “life imitates art” analogy, but I imagine sending Brown to Pittsburgh was like telling Colonel Klink he’s been assigned to the Russian Front.

  35. Deb says: Oct 8, 2013 2:28 PM

    It’s always entertaining to read the comments on the Steelers threads from folks who “know” exactly how everything played out in the front office. The Rooneys shoved Haley down Tomlin’s throat a la Jerry Jones? Really? Were you at that meeting?

    As for why the Steelers chose Levi Brown … just how many tackles were up for grabs four games into the season?

    Steelers fans on PFT–including myself–were calling for Arians to be fired nearly every day from the moment he took the job. And with good reason. Clearly, Haley isn’t the most personable guy in the world, but his system is sound–if you have the right personnel to run it. That includes having a QB who can read as well as escape a defense. You can’t keep outrunning defenders as they get younger while you get older. Will the addition of Brown help? Well … it can’t hurt.

  36. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 8, 2013 3:17 PM

    …I imagine sending Brown to Pittsburgh was like telling Colonel Klink he’s been assigned to the Russian Front.
    Or like telling Pierce and McKinnie they’re banned from Colonel Sanders.

  37. jr4real says: Oct 8, 2013 5:09 PM

    This guy is now my favorite player.

  38. citizenstrange says: Oct 8, 2013 5:20 PM

    originalsteelcurtain says:Oct 8, 2013 11:56 AM

    citizenstange, get your facts straight before you spout off like a knowitall.

    Ben loved Arians and lobbied to keep him. The owners wanted Arians gone.
    My facts are straight. Everybody knows Arians was Roethlisberger’s biggest, bestest buddy and big toe but Roethlisberger got Arians fired by consistently finishing in the bottom 10 in scoring. By playing like a journeyman hack who can’t score points and has to rely on the defense to carry him on its back and not playing like an elite quarterback.

    Everybody also knows it was the owners who fired Arians. That was no big secret either. One more time …. They fired Arians because Big Ben could not score points. He still can’t and what’s more with all his fumbles, interceptions and pick-sixes he can’t even squeak out the 13-9 wins anymore. Capiche?

  39. decayeahranger says: Oct 8, 2013 6:13 PM

    Why couldn’t we have just brought Whisenhunt back, they knew he was on the way out in Phoenix and it was HIS offense that got us XL & XLIII(yes he was gone but it was still his schemes and players that won those, if we’d have been able to still have that kind of OC, XLV would’ve been ours too). Instead, The Chargers snatch him up. Now Rivers is doing way better than he has the last few years, I wonder what the difference is….

  40. steelchampions says: Oct 8, 2013 9:09 PM

    Levi Brown could turn out to be a good deal. If he contributes to improved o-line play even in the slightest it was a deal worth making.

    If I recall correctly he missed most last season with a torn bicep. I would imagine recovery time might be something similar to what we see when a player blows out an ACL. It might take another season before he feels like his old self. That being said maybe he’ll have more success with the Steelers than he did with the Cards. (trying to stay positive).

    As far as his relationship with Haley goes…it appears to be a common thread that Haley doesn’t really get along with anyone where ever he goes. Lets just get through this season and see who comes in as the new OC. The system may be good, but if the personalities don’t cooperate a little it’s all for not.

  41. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 9, 2013 9:12 AM

    …I imagine sending Brown to Pittsburgh was like telling Colonel Klink he’s been assigned to the Russian Front.
    Or like telling Pierce and McKinnie they’re banned from Colonel Sanders.


    At least Colonel Sanders is helping to win more games than Emmanuel Sanders.

  42. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:26 AM

    Let’s get one thing straight: Bruce Arians, not Todd Haley, traded Levi Brown, who was a total first-round bust in Arizona.
    Secondly, who says Haley is hard to get along with? The media? Oh, well, everyone knows the media never embellish.
    Everyone keeps waiting for Haley and Roethlisberger to get into a first fight along the sidelines. But that’s never going to happen, and here’s why: Roethlisberger hasn’t an ounce of passion for professional football. It takes passion and leadership skills be combative.
    Instead, Roethlisberger will simply run to his buddies in the media and make snide remarks. Meanwhile, Haley’s only recourse is to grin and bear it.
    If I were Haley, I’d want out of this sorry-azz mess known as the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  43. zonex74 says: Oct 9, 2013 2:10 PM

    Jtbsteeler I diskike the ravens, but im pretty sure Derrick Mason was no bust.

  44. zonex74 says: Oct 9, 2013 2:17 PM

    Arians got himself fired by wanting to pass or run trick plays on 2nd and 3rd and 1 and putting Ben in constant harms way. Ben wasn’t going to complain because he got to throw the ball more than ever, so of course he loved him. Unfortunately the run game has suffered as a result over the past few yrs. Haley may not be the answer, but it was a concerted effort to run the ball more and keep been off his back.

  45. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Oct 9, 2013 9:53 PM

    There seems to be alot of concerned raven fans on this thread.

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