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Could the Giants target Todd Haley to be offensive coordinator?

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The Giants have an opening for an offensive coordinator and one of the best in the business just hit the market. So, could Todd Haley be a fit on the staff of new Giants coach Pat Shurmur?

Shurmur won’t find a coordinator with a more impressive resume than Haley, who was let go on Wednesday after six years with the Steelers. Haley had a three-year stint as the Chiefs’ head coach from 2009-11 after two seasons as the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator.

Led by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown, the Steelers have ranked in the top 10 in scoring for the past four seasons. But Haley and Roethlisberger’s relationship has been strained and the Steelers decided not to re-sign the offensive coordinator after their 45-42 loss to the Jaguars on Sunday in the Divisional round.

Assistants with ties to Shurmur

Shurmur and Haley have never crossed paths during NFL coaching careers that started in the 1990s. That lack of familiarity makes a union unlikely.

It’s unclear if Shurmur intends to call plays. He did so in in his first season as head coach of the Browns in 2011 when he didn’t even have an offensive coordinator on staff. Recognizing that was too much responsibility, Shurmur hired veteran coach Brad Childress as offensive coordinator in 2012 and they collaborated on play-calling.

Shurmur and Childress broke into the NFL together on Andy Reid’s staff with the Eagles in 1999. They worked together in Reid’s system for seven years as offensive assistants. Childress, who had been serving as Reid’s assistant head coach in Kansas City, announced his retirement on Jan. 8 after the Chiefs’ loss to the Titans in the Wild-Card round.

It would be surprising if Shurmur decides to hand over his offense to an unfamiliar coordinator like Haley, who runs a different style of offense. If Shurmur intends to call plays, it seems highly unlikely that Haley, who is known for having an abrasive personality,  would be interested in joining the staff.

It’s too early to know who Shurmur could target for his coordinator spots. If he’s going to call plays, he could give a younger assistant the offensive coordinator title. Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski and Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley are two up-and-coming coaches with ties to Shurmur.

Dan Duggan may be reached at dduggan@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @DDuggan21. Find our Giants coverage on Facebook.

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