Originally posted on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 2/12/12

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 27: Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley watches on against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 27, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Todd Haley has come in to be the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Haley comes in with a strong will and a fiery attitude.  He pushes guys and makes them better.  Antonio Brown could thrive from that type of coaching with the Steelers.  If you have ever seen Brown’s workout video he is very hard on himself and pushes himself the way Haley likes to push players.  These two may fight from time to time but Brown will be better for it and will understand and respect Haley because of it.  The same way that Larry Fitzgerald does.

Brown was the Steelers MVP this year.  He worked his butt off just the way Haley likes.  He lives on the field and spends hours in the film room.  This guy loves the game and it shows in how hard he works.  Brown broke out this year with 69 catches and over 1,100 yards.  Brown also scored 2 touchdowns on the season.  A number that will go up under Haley.

Guys in Brown’s position and who play like Brown have blown up under Haley.  When Haley was in Arizona he had Anquan Boldin doing what Brown does.  When he was in Dallas he had Terry Glenn in that role.  Haley did not have a real slot receiver in Kansas City.  He had big guys like Dwayne Bowe and Jonathan Baldwin.  Dexter McCluster is still raw and is not that type of receiver yet in his second year.

While in Arizona Boldin had some of what could have been his best seasons under Haley if he could have stayed healthy.  Boldin only played in 12 games in both of his seasons under Haley.  In 2007 Boldin caught 71 passes and had 853 yards in those 12 contests.  If he had played a whole season he would have had 94 catches and 1137 yards.  Boldin also had 9 touchdowns that season which was a career high.  That was with Haley only being part time as Coach Whisenhunt called the plays to start the season.

The next year would have been a career year without the injuries.  Boldin was on pace to have 118 catches and 1365 yards.  The catches would have blown away his career high and it would have been his second biggest total of yards in a season.  Boldin also caught 11 touchdowns in those 12 games.  That is his career high while still missing 4 games.  Haley had him full time that season.

While he was the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach Haley used Terry Glenn.  Before Haley arrived in Dallas Glenn was basically considered on his way out the door.  His game had diminished and he was starting to disappear from the offense.  His catches had dropped to the low 50’2 in Green Bay and his first year in Dallas.  Glenn was hurt his second year but when he came back Haley got him rolling again.  Glenn caught a career high in touchdowns with 7 and had his first 1,000 yard season since his 4th year in the league which was 6 years prior.  He came back the second season and did just the same getting 1000 yards and scored another 6 touchdowns.

Brown will learn how to run more precise routes under Haley.  He will also be able to catch more passes as Haley is big on finding the zone.  It is what made Boldin and Glenn so good under Haley.  They found a spot in the zone and sat in it to get the ball.  Brown is still young and is still learning this.  He has a tendency to continue to run through the zone rather then finding that hole and planting himself in it.  That could bring Brown’s catches way up.

Brown likes to be coached and he will get coached under Haley.  Under Haley 9 times have players gone over 1,000 yards under Haley.  He once had 3 guys do it in one season.  He also had the #1 rushing offense in 2010 and still had a 1,000 yard receiver.  Some of those guys may have fought with Haley but they all got better under him.  Brown will get better also.  He will take another step under Haley and thrive in this offense.

 

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