Everyone was wondering – including me – if the Cardinals would have interest in bringing back Todd Haley to the coaching staff. Well, apparently there is. Kent Somers reported tonight Ken Whisenhunt will talk to Haley about coming back. There are no openings as of now, but that obviously can change quickly — and there also is nothing that says the Cards can’t just add another coach to the staff. It would make sense that Haley would come back to run the offense, but if that happened, I don’t know how offensive coordinator Mike Miller fits into the equation. Right now, Miller is OC, while assistant head coach/offensive line coach Russ Grimm has a say in the running game and, of course, Whisenhunt has an offensive background.
The Cardinals struggled with inconsistency on offense all season. The Cards had just three first-quarter touchdowns in 16 games, and scored more than 21 points just five times. But over the second half of the season, they also performed well late in almost every game and frequently came up with big plays.
The Cardinals were tremendous in 2008 with Haley running the offense, but then again, that was also with Kurt Warner at quarterback, Anquan Boldin as the second receiver and the ability for everyone to have been together for all of 2007 before it clicked the Super Bowl year. He took the Chiefs’ head coaching job a couple of weeks after the Cards’ Super Bowl loss.
Haley, fired this past year by the Chiefs, still has a year left on that contract so he may not want/need as much money is 2012. But it is noteworthy that Haley was making $1 million a year as Arizona’s offensive coordinator before he left, and I’d assume he’d carry a similar price tag (and Grimm –pictured below with Haley before the Cards’ Super Bowl, is also receiving seven figures). Haley kept his house in Arizona even after taking the Kansas City job he liked the area so much.
Certainly he’d bring an intensity like no other. He can get under people’s skin, but he can motivate; Larry Fitzgerald swears by the guy and often credits Haley’s ways as helping him step up to the next level. Of course, talking to Haley and actually getting to the point of hiring him are two totally different things. We will see how this develops.
The news also broke from multiple outlets Thursday that the Rams had asked for permission to interview Cardinals’ director of player personnel Steve Keim for their vacant general manager job. Keim previously had been considered for Seattle’s GM job a couple years ago. Keim runs the Cards’ scouts, losing him (and there has been nothing said whether Keim will actually talk to the Rams) would impact the Cards’ offseason, no question.
UPDATE: The news has also come out that the Rams will interview defensive coordinator Ray Horton for their vacant head coaching spot. Jeff Fisher has been considered the leading candidate for that job.
Tags: Mike Miller, Ray Horton, Steve Keim, Todd Haley
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