Report: Steelers tap Haley as offensive coordinator
The Steelers will hire former Chiefs coach Todd Haley to be their offensive coordinator, according to an ESPN report.
The move, first reported by 610 AM in Kansas City, has not yet been announced.
Haley will replace Bruce Arians, now with the Colts.
The 45-year-old Haley, fired by Kansas City Dec. 13, went 19-26 in two-plus seasons with the Chiefs, leading them to the 2010 AFC West title.
He spent 10 seasons as an assistant before being hired by Kansas City. He was offensive coordinator for Arizona in 2007-08, helping lead the Cardinals to their only Super Bowl appearance.
Phone messages left for Haley were not immediately returned.
The Steelers went 12-4 this season but lost the AFC North title to Baltimore on a tiebreaker.
Chiefs add Daboll
The Chiefs hired Brian Daboll as their offensive coordinator, bringing in a familiar face for new coach Romeo Crennel.
Daboll spent last season in the same job for the Dolphins, and the previous two years serving as Cleveland’s offensive coordinator. He worked with Crennel when both were with the Patriots.
“Brian is a fine football coach and offensive mind,’’ Crennel said. “I worked with him when he was a young coach in New England and I am proud of the way his career has developed. We had a very thorough process for this position and it was clear to me that Brian was the right choice. He was coveted by multiple teams and I am glad he will be joining our staff.’’
Daboll replaces Bill Muir, who announced his retirement last week. Others known to have interviewed for the job were quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn and former Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders.
Daboll also has connections to Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli after spending time in New England, where Daboll coached wide receivers and Crennel was defensive coordinator. Daboll later spent two seasons as the Jets’ quarterbacks coach before taking over as offensive coordinator in Cleveland. The Browns were last in the NFL in total offense during his first season and 29th in Year 2, after which he departed for Miami.
The Dolphins were 22d in total offense this past season, though there was marked improvement over the second half of the season.
Raiders go for Tarver
The Raiders didn’t look far to find a defensive coordinator to replace Chuck Bresnahan.
The team hired Stanford’s Jason Tarver, who helped shape one of the Pac-12’s top defenses while serving as co-defensive coordinator and overseeing the linebackers under rookie head coach David Shaw last season.
Tarver had spent the previous decade as a 49ers assistant, including the final six seasons (2005-10) coaching the outside linebackers. After the 49ers hired Jim Harbaugh, Tarver went back to the college ranks to team with co-defensive coordinator Derek Mason at Stanford.
Tarver returns to the NFL with an even more monumental task.
Despite having many high-priced players on that side of the ball, the Raiders struggled mightily on defense last season.
Oakland had franchise worsts in touchdown passes allowed (31), yards per carry (5.1), yards passing (4,262), and total yards (6,201) while also giving up the third-most points (433) in team history.
Stadium site proposed
Another site in Minneapolis is being proposed for a new Vikings stadium.
The new plan would put the stadium just east of where the Metrodome now stands on what is currently a parking lot.
Earlier plans to build on the Metrodome site would have required the Vikings to move elsewhere for as long as three years, likely to TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus.
Ted Mondale, chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, said the plan - which is still being developed - could see a new stadium as much as three-fourths done before the Metrodome would have to be demolished. Mondale said in that scenario the Vikings could stay in the Dome through 2015, with a new stadium complete by 2016.
Lester Bagley, the Vikings vice president for stadium development and public affairs, said the goal is to cut down on time the team plays at TCF Bank Stadium. Playing at the university stadium would also require about $50 million to make the facility NFL-ready.
“It’s the dome site proposal but shifting it,’’ Bagley said. “The idea is to eliminate the three seasons we’re playing at the university.’’
Bleary eyed and jubilant, organizers in Indianapolis swung into cleanup mode and hoped the rave reviews from fans and journalists over how it pulled off its first Super Bowl will draw the NFL’s showcase event back to town.
From record attendance at Super Bowl festivities to high praise from visitors, celebrities, and the league’s top official, organizers declared the game a victory for the city.
“Yesterday was really a grand slam for us,’’ said Super Bowl host committee president Allison Melangton.
Attendance at the game itself was far from a record - Lucas Oil Stadium was filled Sunday night with about 69,000 fans, while last year’s game in the larger Cowboys Stadium in Dallas drew more than 100,000 - but the week of pregame celebrations drew admiring visitors in droves.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called the city’s hosting job “fantastic.’’