As we hit the final dead period of the NFL offseason, top ten lists are a way for websites – probably even us, at some point – to fill the time. They’re fun, create some debate, and help get back into the football mindset. NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks put out his list of the top ten offensive coordinator’s in the league yesterday. While it’s obviously just one person’s opinion, he does add he made a couple calls to his “coaching buddies around the league,” it’s always a little interesting to see how an outsider views the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Brooks ranks Todd Haley as the third best offensive coordinator in the league, trailing only the New England Patriots’ Josh McDaniels and the Minnesota Vikings’ Norv Turner, who finished first and second respectively.
In part, he writes, “The crusty coach challenged his star signal-caller to become a more efficient player from the pocket while crafting a scheme that showcased an electric receiving corps brimming with young talent.”
Steelers’ fans have usually been critical of their offensive coordinators, Bruce Arians alone probably single-handedly kept some message boards alive, but most have warmed up to Haley.
Pittsburgh looks to continue to improve in 2015, notably in the red zone, where the team too often settled for field goals in 2014.