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Will Steelers players accept volatile Haley?

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10:28 AM ET 07.22 | Summer is the perfect time for a good read, yet nobody seems to be getting one on new Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley. A Bill Parcells protege known for adapting his play-calling to his personnel and being an innovative play caller, he is also a volatile sideline presence who inspires loyalty from some players but irritates others. 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.

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July 22, 2012  10:36 AM ET

Haley will be fine, there are no reports of controversy, because it is only an issue in the media, any OC has to be better than Arians, the most unimaginative OC in history.

July 22, 2012  10:41 AM ET

No. Someone is going to take Haley to the woodshed pretty quickly. The Rooney's won't put up with it and Tomlin won't either. Nobody messes with taking care of business on the Steelers sidelines.

July 22, 2012  10:43 AM ET

I don't know whether the Steelers will adatp to Haley or not, but it was a nice literary reference to the Michael Chabon novel.

July 22, 2012  11:07 AM ET
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Haley will be fine, there are no reports of controversy, because it is only an issue in the media, any OC has to be better than Arians, the most unimaginative OC in history.

Anquan Boldin. Anquan might disagree with you there. Haley can't keep his mouth shut.

July 22, 2012  11:21 AM ET
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Haley will be fine, there are no reports of controversy, because it is only an issue in the media, any OC has to be better than Arians, the most unimaginative OC in history.

Four of five seasons with double digit wins is pretty impressive for "the most unimaginative OC in history,"

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July 22, 2012  11:31 AM ET

Haley will be fine because the OL will be much better and Chris Rainey will be fantastic on 3rd down.

July 22, 2012  11:35 AM ET
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Four of five seasons with double digit wins is pretty impressive for "the most unimaginative OC in history,"

A great deal of their success was Roethlisberger's scrambling and making gains on plays that were going nowhere as they were originally called.

July 22, 2012  11:38 AM ET
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A great deal of their success was Roethlisberger's scrambling and making gains on plays that were going nowhere as they were originally called.

As much as don't like him, I have to agree.

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July 22, 2012  12:02 PM ET

I have no clue how the Haley experiment will turn out, but I will watch with interest. Doing a stint in Pittsburgh might help Haley become a better head coach somewhere down the line.

July 22, 2012  12:44 PM ET
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I have no clue how the Haley experiment will turn out, but I will watch with interest. Doing a stint in Pittsburgh might help Haley become a better head coach somewhere down the line.

K.C? Been there, done that, didn't work.

July 22, 2012  01:03 PM ET
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No Roethlisberger sexual assaults yet this year.At least none reported.

He is married now, so that is in his past. And a person of high character such as himself would never violate that trust.

July 22, 2012  01:09 PM ET

The Steelers will put up with anyone who can make them better. As much as Ben may have loved Arians, the first time he goes 2-3 games without being sacked a half dozen times, he'll warm up to Haley.

July 22, 2012  01:11 PM ET
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No, they won't.

What he said....

July 22, 2012  02:11 PM ET
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He is married now, so that is in his past. And a person of high character such as himself would never violate that trust.

That's what I mean. He needs a little more seasoning in a quality organization, see things from a different perspective. The more quality organizations you can see, the better the chances of figuring out which things are common to all of them, and which things can be done differently.

July 22, 2012  02:23 PM ET
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That's what I mean. He needs a little more seasoning in a quality organization, see things from a different perspective. The more quality organizations you can see, the better the chances of figuring out which things are common to all of them, and which things can be done differently.

Seasoning? He's been with that "quality organization" since 04.

July 22, 2012  02:44 PM ET

Rooney will keep his eye on him, they should do well!

 
July 22, 2012  05:16 PM ET
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Rooney will keep his eye on him, they should do well!

Andy? RIP

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