Blog Entry

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:25 am
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:31 pm
By Will Brinson

Todd Haley was one of the coaches we listed under our "Hot Seat Tracker" in Monday's "Sorting the Sunday Pile." He won't be on the list next week. As of Monday morning Haley was "relieved of his duties" as head coach by the Chiefs.

Week 14 Recap

That's according to the Chiefs on the team's official website.

"This was a difficult decision but one that we feel is best for the future of the Chiefs," Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. "Although there have been bright spots at different points this season, we have not made meaningful progress and we felt that it was necessary to make a change. We appreciate Todd’s contributions during his time with the club, and we wish him well in the future."

Haley won the AFC West in 2010, but only posted a 19-27 record in his three years in KC. And the Chiefs struggled mightily in 2011, at times looking like one of the worst teams in the NFL.

"Todd helped this team in many valuable ways over the past three seasons, and I am thankful for his contributions," Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli said. "Unfortunately, we have not been able to establish the kind of consistency we need to continue to build a strong foundation for the future and we believe a change is important at this time."

The Chiefs didn't name an interim coach in their announcement, but two guys on the coaching staff -- Jim Zorn and Romeo Crennel -- have held head-coaching positions in the past few years. (Crennel ran the Browns; Zorn the Redskins. Neither was particularly successful.) Multiple reports indicate that Crennel was tagged with the interim label by the front office.

[Related: Who Will Replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?]

Haley's firing comes after the Chiefs traveled to New York and got throttled 37-10 by the Jets; the lowlight of this beatdown was Ryan Succop's three-yard onsides kick fail. But even with their struggles, the Chiefs showed signs of life at various times during the 2011 season.

Additionally, the number of injuries to key players -- Matt Cassel, Jamaal Charles, Tony Moeaki and Eric Berry are all on IR -- is an example of what a difficult task Haley had in replicating his success this season.

But perhaps all that simply underscores the fact that Haley and Pioli didn't get along; Pioli hired Haley three years ago, but with the availability of potential Patriot-style head coaches (Josh McDaniels anyone?), Pioli probably felt more comfortable hitting the reset button.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, Like Us on Facebook, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're add it, add our RSS Feed.

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:15 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

I did not say hire deron cherry. i think it would be an interesting choice. jim harbaugh seems to be doing ok with his lack of experience. whats to lose. the chiefs suck from top to bottom. actually cherry is overqualified to work for those losers. go get another retread coach kc. the idea is to win a superbowl i thought. character matters.

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:17 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

The injuries across the board has clearly hamstrung this team offensively the past month ... but the fact is, Haley was a flat out dick who many veteran players on the team despised (especially his starting QB).  This from a recently retired starter/friend of mine.  I'm willing to bet they play very hard for Crennel, a guy they truly respect/like, these last few weeks of the season.

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: December 13, 2011 9:47 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Hunt & Pioli are minimum $35 mil under the cap so any blame about injuries being Haley's downfall is squarely on them. In fact some backups are getting next to nothing & it shows like a turkey turd on the end gate rod. And some starters are so bad even the backups are better. Someone will take this job for the money & to stroke an ego, but unless the front ofc shells out more jack, it own't change the product. Cassel is waaaaaaay overpaid & he should be the first guy replaced. Romeo is a great def guy, but the 3-4 takes speedy LB's & good men up front, which he doesn't have. When I see this team I keep thinking about "Major League"... "who are these friggin' guys?" Some dip on here said hire Deron Cherry. What? Never coached a game-is a beer distributor for cryin out loud, don't give Pioli any Ideas, OK? He's liable to go just get a wino for a coach. Hell, Haley was a golfer. After putting $$$ in the Arrowhead renovation, Hunt's about as tight as a lug nut on a rusty pickup. They'd probably like the idea of a payroll of Ripple & Muscatel.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 7:28 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

How quickly Todd Haley has fallen. Last year, the Chiefs won their division and went to the playoffs. Granted, the Raiders, Broncos and Chargers weren't the best in the AFC, but they won enough games to make it. They were beaten solidly by the Ravens in the playoffs. This year, they lost their best offensive player, Jamal Charles, and it's been rough sledding ever since. In the NFL, you win regardless of who you have, or, you are gone.

I see a similar fate for Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, who isn't quite ready to be an NFL head coach and if he doesn't make the playoffs, Jeff Fisher might be the next coach.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:38 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

I heard the criticizm upon his hiring, but chose to let Haley prove himself.  At this point, I am glad he is gone.  So many poor decisions and his inability or unwillingness to change styles cost him the job.  In a profession where improvisation is the most important aspect of the job if you want to stay in the NFL, he wouldn't adapt to the current situation.
The Chiefs have had a miserable time with the offensive line for some time now, and say what you must but the left tackle situation has to be addressed.  Brandon Albert is not a tackle, he was a guard in college, and he would be much better suited for that position now.  "Just move your stinking feet!"
On the other side of the line is Richardson, who by all standards is a bust at the tackle spot.  Just about anyone could match what he has not accomplished this year.  The jury has long convened on this question, and now is the time to admit things cannot continue in it's current direction with Richardson at right tackle.
Last week against the Bears, a rookie names Hudson filled in for Ryan Lilja and performed quite well against a solid Bears defense.  Even the commentators mentioned how well he held up against the Bears' pass rush.  Enter this week and Lilja is back @ his position again and gets beaten consistently by a Jets' defense which isn't considered particularly great.  Lilja hasn't done a very good job all season.  Perhaps the interm head coach will make the right move and yank Lilja for Hudson.  Chiefs have to find a spot for Hudson, even if he does suplant a veteran this late in the season.
On the defensive front, the game should be over for the Glen Dorsey/Tyson Jackson experiments.  Both are busts as the current situation stands.  Jackson got just his second sack in three years as a starter at DE.  A top 5 pick who has shown little in three years.  Sad.  Dorsey, the results are even more abysmal.  Rarely is his name mentioned in any play.  Too much money for so little production.  
I think Haley got to attached to some players and couldn't see the reality of poor performances by some players.  This in all likelyhood cost him his job.  Maybe the Chiefs could bring Haley back as wide receivers' coach?


Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:25 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Funny how all the Kansas Chiefs fans are calling this firing of Todd Haley a great move because he couldn't coach for crap by them but that was not the case last season ago where the lowly Chiefs fans called him one of the bright young head coaches in the game an't that right little Chiefs. Hell the Cardinals & Ken Whisenhunt already said today that they might go after Haley to become the OC once again in Phoenix & really Haley is lucky to leave a wasteland like Kansas City any day.

Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:05 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

first off,pioli should have been fired first, this isn't new england patriots so stop trying to make it like that, bringing in scrubs from that team isn't the answer. second, hunt needs to spend the money you have in salary cap, leaving 27 million in salary cap could bring in some decent players lord knows you charge the fans enough to park and watch this pathetic display you put on the field each sunday. Finally, get a QUARTERBACK, without that you will never see the playoffs.

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 8:55 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Good for KC.
I have never liked this guy. 

Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:10 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

I think the last few NFL firings are to ensure these teams get a better draft pick by not winning any more games.  I highly doubt either of these teams (KC or Miami)will hire from within the orginization.  Jacksonville got lucky with a win against a horrible TB team.  My guess is Morris is the next coach to get the pink slip.

Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:09 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

I can see some points that Haley should not be let go because of the injuries to their key players this season.  However, this isn't his first year at the helm.  He should have a decent backup prepared to step in and produce more than interceptions.  He hasn't.  The running game without Charles is somewhat of a joke.  The receivers are good, but they need someone to get the ball to them.  The defense is great one game, next game not so much.  I think it was time for a change.....

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or