Well, we have officially entered the Age of Haley. My reaction to the news is basically a neutral reaction. There are things I like about Haley. I am impressed with his reported intelligence, drive, passion and aggressiveness. I am concerned about how little time he has spent calling plays. Although he was the offensive coordinator for the Cardinals for two years, he didn’t assume play calling responsibilities until late in the 2007 season. Calling plays tunes you in to the ebb and flow of the game. I wish he had more experience doing that.
I did watch the press conference on the NFL Network and I watched it again on the mothership. Kremlin Scott Pioli seems to have hired a kindred soul in Todd Haley. Both are smart, dedicated men. Haley had a hard time smiling during what should be one of the happiest days in his life. If this is his happy face, I don’t want to see his other faces. One thing that really jumped out at me was when Haley was asked what he was looking for in his coaches. He indicated that he wanted passionate, fiery teachers. My first reaction was that the description sounded like a certain defensive coordinator we just let go to the Lions. It also doesn’t sound like Chan Gailey. I hope we are not getting into style (fire) over substance. With such a young team, we do need teachers. However, I believe that philosophies matching is more important than emotional style.
Personally, I am glad we got a head coach who is a hard ass. I have a theory with coaches or managers. You change styles when you change coaches. If you just got rid of a player’s coach (Herm) you bring in a hard ass (Haley). When Haley goes, you bring back a player’s coach. People tend to get numb to the same style, so change in this area is a good thing.
Now the attention will turn to the coordinators and head of scouting. Personally, I would like to see Bill Kuharich stay. As for the coordinators, I think it’s important with a rookie head coach to have established coordinators, preferably with prior head coaching experience. Haley has to learn and grow into a head coach. Having coordinators who have been there before would be a big help.
Final note, once again the number one defensive team won the Super Bowl. This makes eleven out of twelve times the number one defensive ranked team, without a number one offense, has won the Super Bowl. Folks, in statistics, eleven out of twelve is a trend, not a coin flip.