Harbaugh on next year's improvements
Much like with John Harbaugh’s staff in Baltimore, there are questions about Mike Tomlin’s assistant coaches in Pittsburgh. And like Harbaugh, Tomlin has let those questions hang in the air by not giving any definitive answer about decisions regarding the Steelers staff.
Asked earlier this week whether offensive coordinator Todd Haley and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau would be returning in 2014, Tomlin said (as reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette): “I’m not going to address any of that. Any personnel issues, any staffing issues, is inappropriate. I haven’t met with the team and I haven’t met with the staff. I will at some point. Obviously, I acknowledge that change is a part of football in staff and in players. But other than that, I’m not getting into that today.”
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It’s hard to picture a Steelers team without LeBeau, 76, who has indicated he wants to return for a 13th season in the coordinator’s position. Haley has a year left on the contract he signed with he joined the team in 2012. Talk about quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s lack of connection with Haley eventually quieted as the Steelers started winning this season.
But even if the coordinators are coming back, that doesn’t mean other assistants won’t be replaced. As the Post-Gazette said, Tomlin has changed special teams coaches twice during his seven years as Pittsburgh head coach.