Mike Tomlin declines to discuss Todd Haley, coaching staff’s future
Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, right, is reportedly out of a contract after this season and head coach Mike Tomlin, left, declined to comment on the future of his coaching staff Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin would not say on Tuesday if his full coaching staff will return for the 2018 season.
The head coach said he’s continuing to evaluate both players and his staff in the days following Pittsburgh’s 45-42 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Offensive coordinator Tood Haley is reportedly out of a contract.
Tomlin made similar comments after last season, when asked if his staff would be back. It was.
“I don’t know where these roads are going to lead,” Tomlin said. “The conversations need to be had. Some contracts are up, some contracts aren’t. I’m not ready to discuss that at this point. Part of that, gaining that understanding is those conversations and so forth, so we’ll hear about it as they unfold, I’m sure, if there’s anything to be heard.
“But not there yet, though.”
Tomlin declined to expand on what he thought about the relationship between Haley and Ben Roethlisberger, while saying he evaluates players, coaches and the entire Steelers staff under him similarly.
Offensive line coach Mike Munchak has interviewed with the Arizona Cardinals for their head coaching position, Tomlin confirmed on Tuesday, following reports the team would reach out for a second interview.
Wide receivers coach Richard Mann told reporters during offseason practices that the 2017 season would be his last. Tomlin also declined to comment on Hines Ward, who has helped coach the Steelers in training camp and the stretch of the season, is in line to replace Mann.
Under Haley, Pittsburgh’s finished the season third in total and passing offense and 20th in rushing yards per game.
There are aspects of the team and all units that Tomlin said he’s already aware of, but that’ll check back in on details he doesn’t know before making decisions on who stays with the Steelers.
Tomlin won’t, he said, be judging on potential.
“What you’re willing to do is what defines you, what you’re willing to do on a consistent basis, how selfless are you?” Tomlin said. “How willing are you to put our goals and agenda in front of anything that might be on your checklist or to-do list? So those are general things that I assess on all people that put their hand in the pile with, whether it’s players, coaches or support personnel, training staff, equipment staff, medical staff.
“I take really generally the same approach to the evaluation of all people.”
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