Their quarterback play was dismal (25th in passing yards per game), and their running game — depleted by a season-ending injury to Jamaal Charles — averaged just 3.9 yards per carry.
That lack of production helped send head coach Todd Haley packing after a Week 14 loss to the Jets, but Haley didn’t stay unemployed for long.
Haley, 45, went 19-26 in two-plus seasons in Kansas City, leading the Chiefs to the AFC West title and a first-round playoff victory in 2010. But that surprising run faded when the team opened 2011with three straight losses by a combined 82 points.
Known for his fiery personality, Haley’s final game with the Chiefs — a 37-10 in New York — saw Kansas City commit 11 penalties for 128 yards, including a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct flag on Haley himself.
But Haley’s track record as an offensive coordinator has its highlights, including the 2007-08 season in which he guided Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals to the franchise’s only Super Bowl appearance.
Haley also has ties to the Steelers — his father, Dick Haley, was the team’s director of player personnel from 1971-90.
“I am excited about the opportunity to come back home and work for a tremendous organization,” Haley said. “It is an honor to work with the Rooney family and Coach Tomlin and continue the success that has become synonymous with the Steelers. My father has so many fond memories both from his playing days and his time in the personnel department with the team, and I look forward to helping bring more championships to Pittsburgh and to being a part of one of the storied franchises in the NFL.”
Bruce Arians, who coached Pittsburgh’s offense last season, left to take the same position with the revamped Indianapolis Colts.
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