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Todd Haley faces criticism, could be on hot seat with Steelers

The Steelers offensive coordinator could be on the hot seat after a poor start to the season.


Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley could be on the hot seat, but a decision to fire the coach during the season is not expected to happen anytime soon, according to report from the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The Steelers offense has struggled to put points on the board so far this season, scoring just 19 points total the first two weeks as the team has stumbled to an 0-3 start. At the heart of the issue is an uneven offensive attack that has struggling significantly to move the ball on the ground, averaging just 51.7 yards rushing per game while quarterback Ben Roethlisberger continues to struggle with consistency.

Roethlisberger and Haley have not had the greatest of relationships since the start of the 2012 season, when the veteran quarterback expressed his displeasure with the playcalling after a loss in December. While Roethlisberger enjoyed one of his better statistical seasons, the unbalanced playcalling and lack of a running game has continued to be a rift in the relationship between quarterback and coach.

The struggling running game could be aided by the debut of running back Le'Veon Bell, who has yet to play this season while recovering from a foot injury.

The decision to fire the offensive coordinator would not come from the Rooneys but from Mike Tomlin, according to Rapoport. Tomlin directly hired Haley to be his offensive coordinator prior to the 2012 season and through the first nine games of the year the offense was clicking, before an injury to Roethlisberger turned a 6-3 record into an 8-8 season.

The Steelers are currently in London to face the also-winless Minnesota Vikings, with a bye week looming in Week 5.

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