In my latest over on FOX Sports, I rave about Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Since he has been linked to the Chiefs job, I figured this was relevant. That is, unless there is any truth to this Mike Shanahan rumor. From FOX Sports:
Another Cards up-and-comer, offensive coordinator Todd Haley, has been equally impressive.
Haley’s transformed the 32nd-ranked rushing attack into a potent weapon. He’s resuscitated Edgerrin James, who just months ago seemed destined for the running back retirement home. He’s helped Kurt Warner protect the football, a miraculous feat considering Warner’s history. Most of all, he’s been the mastermind behind Fitzgerald’s record-breaking run. Even with Anquan Boldin hobbled and defenses keying on Fitz, Haley has found ways to get No. 11 the ball.
What impressed me most about Haley’s performance this past Sunday was the seven-minute, game-winning drive he devised. There was his gutsy fourth-and-1 call to keep it on the ground, even though Tim Hightower had just been stopped short on third-and-1. Hightower converted easily. There was Haley finding ways to get Fitzgerald the ball again after he had been shut out for the half. Then there was that genius third-and-8 call — an unexpected halfback screen to Hightower — that scored the go-ahead touchdown. The most impressive aspect of Haley’s drive, however, was his ability to deliver it with Boldin going all T.O. on him.
This, along with Haley and Co. completely obliterating the Panthers defense on the road, is why I am so high on Haley. It also doesn’t hurt that both Bill Parcells and Scott Pioli sign off on the guy. Plus, dude kinda resembles Bruce Willis. Maybe he could make our AFC West rivals finally Die Hard?