During the recent coach-hiring cycle, seven teams hired without interviewing a former head coach who ran one of the most dynamic offenses in the league last year.
And that’s apparently because Todd Haley chose to not participate.
According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers offensive coordinator “told people he was not interested in any head coaching jobs this year and so there was no publicly stated interest in him.”
While there might be reasons for teams to not be interested in Haley as a head coach going back to his 19-26 record with the Chiefs, it’s hard to argue with the job he’s done with the Steelers.
Certainly they have personnel, but he’s kept Ben Roethlisberger and friends running at a high level, through a ridiculous amount of injuries. And many coaches have learned from mistakes in their first jobs and come back and done that a second time.
Whether Haley’s not ready to jump back in the pool, or simply didn’t get interest from a place he wanted to go, he’s staying put. And staying in Pittsburgh with the cast of talent he has may do more to help his stock than interviewing for a job in some dubious situations this year might have.