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Report: Haley close to rejoining Cardinals

Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:20 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 11:58 pm
Could Todd Haley pull a Josh McDaniels and return to his old job? (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

So much for Todd Haley and Tony Sparano "joining forces" as an offensive coordinating powerhouse. Despite an ESPN report Saturday, Haley, who was fired as the Chiefs head coach in December, is "nearing a deal to return to the Arizona Cardinals," a source told NFL Network's Jason La Canfora.

On Thursday, the Arizona Republic's Kent Somers reported that Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt was expected to meet with Haley, who served as Arizona's offensive coordinator in 2007-2008, including the team that lost to the Steelers in the Super Bowl following in February '09.

A contract could be completed by next week.

The Cards' offense has struggled the last two seasons, finishing 28th in 2011 and 31st in 2010. But the lack of productivity isn't becauase of Haley's departure but due to Kurt Warner's retirement after the 2009 campaign (Arizona's offense ranked 13th that year). Also not helping: trying to consistently score points with some combination of Derek Anderson, Max Hall, John Skelton or Kevin Kolb under center.

Some of Haley's critics might point out that he didn't magically revitalize the Chiefs' offense upon arrival, either. The team ranked 25th in the league in 2009, rose to 13th in '10 when the team won the division, but fell to 20th in '11 after Jamaal Charles and Matt Cassel landed on injured reserve.

When Haley left the first time, Whisenhunt promoted then-wide receivers coach Mike Miller to offensive coordinator. Somers writes that Whisenhunt "would have to create a position for Haley, which would mean either re-organizing his existing coaching staff or adding a coach," which indicates that Miller won't be relieved of his duties.

Now all the Cards need to do is talk Warner out of retirement.

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Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:19 am

Report: Haley close to rejoining Cardinals

Kurt Warner isn't pulling a Favre and coming out of retirement. He made a promise to his wife never to return due to health concerns over his multiple concussions. So Arizona can forget that little fantasy.

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:52 pm

Report: Haley close to rejoining Cardinals

If Haley does goes back to the Cardinals, maybe he can work with Skelton and get the Cardinals offense going. The offense this year seem to respond better when Skelton was behind center. When Kevin Kolb was in the lineup , he seemed to check down a lot along with holding on to the ball too long...seem to remind me of Matt Lienhart

Since: Aug 4, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:21 pm

Report: Haley close to rejoining Cardinals

Who is this Moore guy and what are his duties with the Cardinals? I cannot find mention of him anywhere in this article.

Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 11:13 pm

Report: Haley close to rejoining Cardinals

Uh, yea...I think Kurt Warner made Haley and he also made Martz.  Both are trainwrecks without him.

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