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Browns eying Todd Haley as next offensive coordinator

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The names of potential offensive coordinators was growing as long as infamous the starting quarterback jersey, but the Cleveland Browns may have their man. According to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com, “all signs” point to Haley as the team’s play caller for the 2018 season.

Via Cabot:

Todd Haley is trading in his Terrible Towel for a Dawg bone.

The Browns are on the verge of landing one of the league’s most successful offensive coordinators in the former Steelers’ offensive boss.

The Browns and Haley, 50, are close to agreeing on a contract, and he should be named their first offensive coordinator under Hue Jackson soon, a league source told cleveland.com.

With Haley’s vast experience, especially in the AFC North,he’ll likely take over playcalling duties from Jackson, who said he’d turn them over to an experienced coordinator.

The Steelers parted ways with Haley after Pittsburgh was bounced from the AFC Playoffs in a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. Immediately following the home upset, reports swirled surrounding Haley and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger having a difference of opinion as it pertained to certain schemes and plays. The Steelers, in the loss to the Jaguars, were stopped twice in fourth-and-short situations as Pittsburgh was swarmed by the Jacksonville defense throughout the afternoon.

A Cabot points out, despite the struggles in one game, the Steelers were second in scoring only to the Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots over the last four seasons. In 2017 alone, the Steelers finished third in total yards, seventh in yards per play, third in net passing yards per game, second in third down efficiency, and eighth in points per game. The Browns, meanwhile, have been one of the worst offensive units in football since Jackson took over as both head coach and offensive coordinator as he has consistently abandoned the run game while having his receivers run questionable routes during certain in-game situations.

That Haley would be calling plays would fall in line with what WFNY’s Craig Lyndall inferred in a recent column regarding Hue Jackson. While many will credit Haley with his success as being a function of the players he had at his disposal, it’s tough to argue that the Browns’ coaching staff will not be improved once this hiring is made official.