Former Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley responded to calls from some fans calling for current OC Matt Canada to be fired and replaced with him.
“Matt Canada is the offensive coordinator of the Steelers guys,” Haley told Cook & Joe Wednesday.
But Haley did talk about the offensive woes the Steelers are facing.
He says he won’t blame either the players or the coaches but says the Steelers wide receivers play is “sloppy.”
It’s something that has to be cleaned up because if a quarterback doesn’t have confidence that a guy’s going to be where he supposed to be when he’s supposed to be there, then the quarterback’s going to take the blame.”
His main issue with the Steelers offense is the lack of getting their wide receivers involved.
"The biggest area of concern is the receivers,” Haley told Cook & Joe on Wednesday. “There's talent there. To me if there's one thing that stands out it's just not being on the same page with the quarterback [Mitch Trubisky] and receivers and that has to get better.”
He adds he doesn’t predict a high-scoring offensive output from the Steelers and that it will take strong defensive play and special teams to come up big in what he expects to be low scoring games, at least early on in the season.
“I don’t think they’re going to be pretty games, I don’t think they’re going to be high scoring games,” said Haley.
Listen: Former Steelers OC speaks on this current team's offensive woes
Haley said he also wants to see the Steelers utilize Mitch Trubisky’s mobility more.
“Just involving him a little more in the run game, adding the RPOs whatever it is, where he has the chance to pull the ball and run a little more would be a big positive,” said Haley.
Hayley adds Trubisky “has a lot of promise”, but he’s “not going to be a guy that goes out there and carries the team.”
Asked if it came down to it, could Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin call offensive plays, Haley said, “"He does so much work on defense and as amazing as he is, that would never happen. I think it's going to be a coordinated effort between him and offensive coaches."