Offensive coordinator Todd Haley tries to get the attention of the officials after the controversial kickoff call during the NFC Championship.
Todd Haley is an emotional guy. He'll never deny that.
The Cardinals' offensive coordinator had that trait splashed across national television Sunday when he and wide receiver Anquan Boldin got into an argument at the end of the NFC Championship. But he was also showing it after the game, caught up in the joy of the Cards making it to the Super Bowl.
This is the fun part, the part he's dreamed about. That's why some of his other dreams – like the one about eventually becoming a head coach – have been pushed deep into the background.
"I really, and I'm not just saying this, I love my job here, I really do," Haley said
Tuesday, sitting in his office. "Everybody loves to get patted on the back or told they do a good job, but the attention isn't something I am super comfortable with. I just told (head coach Ken Whisenhunt) I love my job here. I live in a great place, I have five kids and the thought of me moving or doing something else isn't at the forefront for me."
His name is bound to come up in such talk. That's what happens to coordinators to reach the Super Bowl, especially ones directing an offense to ring up 32 points on the NFL's third-ranked defense as the Cards did to the Eagles Sunday. That's how Whisenhunt rose to prominence, becoming a "hot" candidate after winning a title as offensive coordinator of the Steelers.
Like Whisenhunt, Haley's name probably won't jump into the hiring cycle until after next season (Whisenhunt's main attention came the year after the Super Bowl, which is when the Cardinals hired him). But the media attention of the next two weeks – especially the week in Tampa – will keep his name out there.
Right now, Haley – who was going to be in the mix for the Dolphins' coaching job