Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 1/20/12
Theres been a lot of angst, energy and discussion spent on Todd Haleys potential return to the Cardinals. Lets cut to the chase: The Cardinals dont need Haley to take their offense to the next level. The issue with the Cardinals offense last season was not play-calling. The issue was quarterback play. If you think QB play was partially a product of coaching, well, the Cardinals are in agreement. They already fired QBs coach Chris Miller to resolve that issue. You dont fire a coach if youre happy with his performance. But if you think the Cards' offensive struggles were the product of poor play-calling, you werent watching the games last season. There were plenty of plays to be made on the field last year by the quarterbacks. They just missed them through indecision or inaccuracy. Besides, coach Ken Whisenhunts stamp is all over the offensive play-calling given his pedigree as a former offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh. It's not like Arizona's offensive philosophy will shift dramatically if Haley returns. If youre of the belief that Haley will gets results because hes a yeller, a motivator, a get-under-the-skin kind of guy, you probably ascribe too much significance to that tired and questionable motivational tactic. Whisenhunt believes in treating grown men like grown men. That is as it should be. Haley didnt get more results out of the Arizona offense because of his abrasive coaching style. He got more results out of Arizonas offense because Kurt Warner was the quarterback. Were not saying Haley wouldnt be successful if he returned, but were not convinced that Mike Miller wont enjoy the same success when given a full offseason to work with his offense. Were not saying the Cards should pass on Haley, but he wont and shouldnt accept a lesser role than a coordinator-level position. To install Haley in that capacity would absolutely undermine Miller, even if Miller kept his title. Miller has done nothing to deserve such treatment other than coach an inexperienced quarterback (John Skelton) and one who didnt know the system and terminology (Kevin Kolb) before he was thrown into the fire. Whisenhunt has always emphasized good chemistry and relationships with his staff and players. He believes in fairness. But hes also had a pretty good read on his personnels abilities -- a point driven home by the teams 7-2 finish after most analysts (this space included) had written the Cards off. Whisenhunt likes Miller. Whisenhunt believes in Miller. That faith warrants further exploration next season.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Greg Hardy struggling to find work, reportedly even in CFL

Jets players told not to discuss Ryan Fitzpatrick situation

Brock Lesnar won't be punished by WWE for UFC drug test

Report: Cowboys to be fined up to $250K for suspended players

Data shows NFL-backed youth program that claimed reduced concussions is bogus


Report: Odom’s family working hard to get him to go to rehab

Drug dealers adding Olympic rings to cocaine wrappers in Rio

Report: Cowboys have ‘no interest’ in Freeney, Hardy

Report: Bradham was defending girlfriend during alleged assault

Elliott domestic violence case being taken to city prosecutor

Belichick: Brady is not going to lose his starting job

Reds 'picking up the pace' on Jay Bruce trade talks

MLB asks Yaisel Puig to stop wearing his Vin Scully cleats

Study finds link on babies named Shea, Mets’ success

Durant: Being cheered by Oracle Arena crowd ‘felt a little weird’

10 must-watch WWE Network outside-the-ring videos

Is Marchand worth the money he’s reportedly asking for?

Rams sent emails hawking hats to old ticket holders in St. Louis

Miami Marlins unveil logo for 2017 MLB All-Star Game

Enes Kanter blasts writer over Russell Westbrook bashing

WATCH: Rick Sutcliffe cuts up tie during Cubs-White Sox game

Kirk Cousins has excellent take on franchise tag

Broncos DB during DUI arrest: I can't wait to tell Obama

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker