The second-youngest roster belongs to the Seattle Seahawks — only 31-year-old cornerback Marcus Trufant qualifies.
Of course, this wasn’t necessarily some grand plan orchestrated by Romeo Crennel and the rest of the Chiefs brain trust. Back in March, the team tried and failed to sign both Peyton Manning (36) and Reggie Wayne (33).
“I’m not saying we didn’t try to get some veterans,” Crennel said. “We had some guys in who made decisions to go other places. As it works out, we’ve got a younger roster, so we’ll coach those guys and try to get them better quickly.”
He is certainly not Bruce Arians, who was not-so-gently shoved out the door in January despite quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s unwavering support. But, according to those who know Haley best, he also isn’t a control freak who implements change just to show he’s the boss.
While the Steelers generally shy away from coaches with colorful pasts, Haley has that and more, as evidenced by his well-publicized clashes with players and an abrupt departure as the Kansas City Chiefs’ coach last year in which he reportedly suspected team offices and his cell phone were bugged.
Now, Haley’s assimilation into the Steelers’ way of life is the latest Mystery of Pittsburgh, a shadowy yet intriguing riddle that will begin to be solved when the Steelers — coming off successive 12-4 seasons — open camp Wednesday in Latrobe. It figures to be a can’t-miss page turner.
Look at it this way: The Chiefs have multiple players returning from season-ending injuries. With those players returning from injury, they will team up with the free agents and rookies added in the offseason and work with the players who played in Week 17 of last season.
Pioli built depth on both sides of the ball to give this team the best chance to win games. Some of these players are also expected to help quarterback Matt Cassel, who is looking for positive consistency in Kansas City.