Just 48 hours ago, it appeared to be a virtual lock that the Arizona Cardinals would be hiring Andy Reid as the team’s next head coach. Reid now appears headed to Kansas City so the Cardinals must move on from their reported first choice. The Cardinals were granted permission by the Pittsburgh Steelers to speak with offensive coordinator Todd Haley on Thursday.
Haley was a member of the Cardinals coaching staff in 2009 when Arizona made their Super Bowl appearance. He is familiar with the ownership in Arizona and reports suggested that then head coach Ken Whisenhunt was going to add Haley to the coaching staff after being fired in 2011 by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Haley was not successful with the Chiefs and often was confrontational with his players. There have been rumors of a strained relationship between himself and QB Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh this season. Haley was hired by the Steelers last offseason after offensive coordinator Bruce Arians “retired”.
The Cardinals were also thought to possibly promote from within, making defensive coordinator Ray Horton the team’s head coach. Arizona is also rumored to be interviewing Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy over the weekend.
Haley led the Chiefs to a 10-6 record and an AFC West division title in 2010 but was fired in 2011 after a 5-8 start.