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Todd Haley new offensive coordinator for Browns

Hue Jackson is giving up control of the offense.

Todd Haley is making the short trip west on the turnpike to take the reins.

Haley agreed to a deal to become Browns offensive coordinator, The Chronicle-Telegram confirmed Monday. He’s expected to call plays.

Haley, 50, spent the last six seasons as coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but his expiring contract wasn’t renewed last week after the Steelers were upset 45-42 by the Jaguars in the divisional round of the playoffs.

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The Steelers scored 42 points against the NFL’s second-ranked defense, but Haley received plenty of criticism for his calls on two failed fourth-and-shorts. Rather than quarterback sneaks or runs up the middle, he called for a pitch wide that lost yardage and an intermediate pass that fell incomplete.

Haley was head coach of the Chiefs for two-plus years from 2009-11, going 19-27, including a playoff loss. He joined the Steelers as coordinator the following year, and their offense ranked in the top 10 in yardage and scoring each of the last four seasons.

The Steelers were a pass-first offense, relying on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell — all perennial Pro Bowlers — as Haley mixed quick hitches and receiver screens with deep throws down the field.

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.

The Steelers were second, third, fifth and third in passing starting in 2014, while the run game ranked 16th, 16th, 14th and 20th.

Haley entered the NFL as an assistant in 1997 and became a coordinator with the Cardinals in 2007. Arizona reached the Super Bowl the next season and lost to the Steelers. He was then hired by the Chiefs as head coach.

Haley, who was an assistant under Bill Parcells, has a forceful personality and butted heads with Roethlisberger. But Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner gave him a strong endorsement for the Browns job after playing for him with the Cardinals.

Haley and Gregg Williams on defense will form a strong-willed coordinator tandem for Jackson, who went 1-31 in his first two years.

Jackson didn’t have an offensive coordinator in his first two years and called his own plays.

He remained undecided on hiring a coordinator for 2018 despite interviewing multiple candidates, including fired Giants coach Ben McAdoo and fired Titans coach Mike Mularkey, then landed on Haley. It will be interesting to see how much the system installed by Jackson changes under Haley.

The Browns ranked 31st (16.5) and 32nd (14.6) in scoring the last two seasons. They have the Nos. 1 and 4 picks in the draft and are expected to draft a quarterback with the top pick in addition to bringing in a veteran.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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