The Cleveland Browns have found a new offensive coordinator, hiring recently fired Pittsburgh Steelers OC Todd Haley. ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news.
Over the weekend, it was reported that the Browns and Haley were in talks.
This has to be a bit of a strange move for Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson. While Jackson said, following a season without a win, he’d be open to bringing in a new offensive coordinator, he was the team’s offensive play caller the last two seasons.
Despite the forever whispered tension between Haley and his quarterback with the Steelers, he comes to Cleveland with a strong resume. As the man tasked with calling the plays for Pittsburgh, the team averaged the third-most yards per play in the NFL. Moreover, over the last four seasons, the Steelers ranked second in the league in scoring.
Haley was released from his contract at the conclusion of the season, but has led one of the top offenses in the NFL during his run with the Steelers, which began in 2012. He previously coached Kurt Warner and the Arizona Cardinals as offensive coordinator from 2007-2008 before joining the Kansas City Chiefs as head coach from 2009-2011.
It will, obviously, be interesting to see what direction Cleveland goes in next. With the NFL Draft looming, does a new offensive coordinator result in DeShone Kizer being replaced?