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Todd Haley: Former Kansas City Chiefs Coach Back in Sights of Arizona Cardinals

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 18:  (2nd left) Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley of the Arizona Cardinals and (M) head coach Ken Whisenhunt talks with (R) quarterback Kurt Warner #13 as (L) quarterback Matt Leinart #7 stands behind and watches against the Philadelphia Eagles during the NFC championship game on January 18, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Cedric HopkinsContributor IJanuary 24, 2012

The Arizona Cardinals have—again—been linked to Kansas City Chiefs former head coach Todd Haley. 

Today Haley is meeting with Cardinals brass to discuss his role in Arizona's offense, according to NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora.

Haley's meeting with head coach Ken Whisenhunt and team officials could signify a number of changes for the Cardinals.

First and foremost, it could be the beginning of the end for current offensive coordinator Mike Miller. With Haley having served as a head coach and offensive coordinator, it's hard to imagine him accepting a demotion down to a quarterback coach. 

If you ask Kurt Warner, he'd say the same thing.

"I felt it would be tough for Todd to come back in a capacity that was less than an offensive coordinator with what's he's done and being a head coach and what he did here as a coordinator and just the way he likes to coach and what he brings to the table," Warner said.

Perhaps Miller has agreed to step down as offensive coordinator and fill another role on the coaching staff. 

At times this year, Miller's play-calling was suspect. He often underused Beanie Wells in the first half of close games, only to get more aggressive in the fourth quarter. Miller also did not play to the strengths of the mediocre talent residing at quarterback.

It was incumbent upon Miller to have Kevin Kolb and John Skelton act as game-managers, not game-breakers. By limiting Wells' carries, Miller did just that. Neither Kolb, nor Skelton were able to pull away from teams using their arms.

 

Warner feels that Whisenhunt is too loyal of a guy to demote Miller after just one season. 

"The one thing that I felt was going to be difficult from day one was that coach Whiz is an extremely loyal guy," Warner explained. "And when he brought Mike Miller here and Mike's paid his dues and moved up to that offensive coordinator position, I knew it was going to be tough for Whiz to demote Mike or change that dynamic because Mike did a tremendous job down the stretch and really has earned his stripes there."

Whether or not Miller has earned his stripes remains to be seen. The Cardinals offense was one of the poorest in the league, ranking 24th among all teams. 

Haley may just be the answer to the Cardinals' offensive questions. He once was. 

Haley served as Arizona's offensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008. The Chiefs wanted him as their head coach for a spell, and now he's a man without a home.

After today's meetings, Haley may be searching for some real estate in the Glendale area. 

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