he Browns could turn to a Steelers castoff to help jump-start their lackluster offense.
The Browns have discussed the offensive coordinator job with former Steelers coordinator Todd Haley, The Chronicle-Telegram confirmed Sunday.
ESPN reported the Browns were in “serious talks” with Haley, who spent the last six years in Pittsburgh. His contract expired and wasn’t renewed last week after the Steelers were upset 45-42 by the Jaguars in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Coach Hue Jackson didn’t have a coordinator in his first two years and called his own plays as the Browns went 1-31. He’s interviewed multiple candidates but had remained undecided on whether he wanted to hire a coordinator and give up play-calling duties.
Haley, 50, could convince Jackson to bolster his staff and hand over the reins to the offense.
Haley entered the NFL as an assistant in 1997 and became a coordinator with the Cardinals in 2007. He was head coach of the Chiefs for two-plus years from 2009-11, going 19-27, including a playoff loss.
He went to the Steelers as coordinator, and their offense ranked in the top 10 in yardage and scoring each of the last four seasons with perennial Pro Bowlers Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback, Antonio Brown at receiver and Le’Veon Bell at running back.
Pittsburgh ranked second, third, seventh and third in yardage from 2014-17, and seventh, fourth, 10th and eighth in scoring. It averaged 377.9 yards and 25.4 points this season on the way to a 13-3 record.
Haley has a strong personality and butted heads with Roethlisberger. ESPN reported Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner gave Haley a strong endorsement for the Browns job after playing for him with the Cardinals and reaching the Super Bowl.
Jackson has also talked to fired Giants coach Ben McAdoo, fired Titans coach Mike Mularkey and Texans quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan about becoming coordinator. Jackson hired former Bengals coordinator Ken Zampese as quarterbacks coach to replace David Lee, who was fired after one season.
The Browns ranked 31st (16.5) and 32nd (14.6) in scoring the last two seasons, as they’ve been hurt by subpar play at quarterback and receiver. John Dorsey was hired in December as general manager and has the Nos. 1 and 4 picks in the draft in addition to an expected $100 million in salary cap space.
Jackson also interviewed LSU assistant head coach/running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Tommie Robinson for running backs coach, NFL Network reported. He joined the Tigers last year after leading the run game for USC.
He’s coached for more than three decades, including time in the NFL with the Cowboys and Cardinals.