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Haley continues winning coaching ways

Posted on: September 30, 2010 10:55 pm
 
Todd Haley has helped lead his Kansas City squad to a 3-0 record (AP).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz


If anybody is a candidate for coach of the year honors so far, it’d be Kansas City’s Todd Haley. After all, he inherited a team after the 2008 season that had gone 2-14, and he doubled the win total last year.

OK, that’s not such an impressive achievement, but after he was criticized for being too demanding on his team in his first season as a head coach – and, on an unrelated note, for playing golf in college – he learned from his mistakes in time for this season.

Now, even with a quarterback in Matt Cassel who ranks 25th in the league in passing yards per game, the Chiefs are a strong 3-0, and much of that has to do with Haley’s coaching (along with GM Scott Pioli, offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel).

He had another good idea this week when he had 14 veteran players assume the roles of honorary coaches during the team’s bye week.

Before the team took off on its three-day weekend, Haley said the experiment worked splendidly.

“All 14 guys have really surprised me,” Haley said in the Kansas City Star. “There isn’t one that I wasn’t impressed with in some way or another. They took this and ran with it, took ownership over it and were into helping making our team better from a different perspective.”

See, that’s a smart move by Haley. No. 1: the players love it. No. 2: it’s a good learning experience for everybody involved. No 3: it sounded like there were a lot of laughs involved.

That's good enough to equal at least a couple more wins for Kansas City. 

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