The Pittsburgh Steelers dropped to 3-3 on Sunday after a 31-10 drubbing at the hands of the Cleveland Browns, and it's offensive coordinator Todd Haley that is taking the majority of the heat for the team's struggles. On Sunday night, one Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer said this should be the end of the line for Haley with the Steelers:
Getting a nice jump on ghoul season, the Browns piped in part of the original score from "Halloween" every time the alleged Steelers offense faced a third-down situation Sunday, making No. 7 in white the focal point of a Creepshow no one will soon forget.
But don't blame Ben Roethlisberger exclusively for this football spectacle from some funhouse mirror, for Ben was merely the werewolf in this epic, and if you thought you saw a werewolf with Todd Haley's Chinese menu of a playlist in his hand, that's because it was real.
In the article, Gene Collier says that the Steelers need Haley "to take a hike," citing the team's struggles to win since the departure of Bruce Arians. Through six games in 2014, the Steelers rank sixth in the NFL in total offensive yardage, but that hasn't translated to points as the team ranks 24th in total scoring.
What Happened Sunday
What Happened Sunday
The Steelers offense is averaging just 20.7 points per game, 24th in the NFL. Last season, Pittsburgh's offense averaged 23.7 points per game, the best mark of Haley's tenure as OC.
Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin said that the problem for the team is execution, not gameplan; however, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn't sound as convinced when he spoke to the media after the team's loss on Sunday:
"I don't know," said Roethlisberger when asked if he thought his team's offensive strategy is correct. "We can all look at the film. Coaches will look at it. We tried to run it in the red zone and when we got down there we just couldn't quite get it all the way in. We'll look at it and figure out what the execution, figure out what it is."
That isn't the first time that Roethlisberger has sounded less-than-enthused about the offensive strategy created by Haley. In December 2013, the veteran quarterback sounded frustrated about Haley's play-calling that featured just 15 rushing attempts all game.
If Haley does end up being told to take a hike, Collier won't be the only one celebrating the news. Snoop Dogg went to Instagram in August to ask Tomlin to fire Haley and former Eagles and Browns executive, Joe Banner, went to Twitter on Sunday to call Haley "awful."
Todd Haley gets 50 yards of offense on last two plays of half to pad his yardage stats. Hopes no one will notice how awful he is— Joe Banner (@JoeBanner13) October 12, 2014
Haley was the offensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals for two seasons before he was named the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. He was fired by the team in December 2011 and was hired by the Steelers as offensive coordinator in January 2012.