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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.

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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.

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Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:20 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

I thought Haley was and is a good coach - he was the power behind the Cardinals move to the Super Bowl - and he bubkus to work with this year - Charles went down in Wk 1.  And he didn't bring Cassal here.  The Chiefs may survive but this looks like a classless move by the front office - especially with the season not over.  This is obviously your GM just throwing a rod.

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:18 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Ansewer --- Jon Gruden 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:17 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Nobody is going to miss Todd Haley. Sure he was good when Warner was throwing passes and Fitzgerald was catching them. Bolden wan't bad either. He was obnoxious, my way or the hiway type of guy. Why in the world would you want to hire a golpher anyway. Anybody that thinks Palco is a good quarterback should be fired. He wanted to get rid of one of the best linebackers in the NFL. Good riddance. I'm not so sure his buddy Pioli should stay much longer. Pioli has all the makings ofa dud.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:17 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Well said MRRICKERS!!!!

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:16 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

BigChief, it may have had as much to do with who he was as a person, as who he was as a coach.  He thinks he's smarter than everyone else, always wants to reinvent the wheel (playing starters in game 4 of preseason), and probably was a d**k when dealing with his boss Pioli.  The unsportsmanlike conduct penalty yesterday for example.  The guy was out of control, had lost his players, and had no idea what he was doing.  This offensive mastermind has scored 1 TD in about the last 5 games.  And that was on a fluke hail Mary.  Everyone has injuries, most coaches don't cause them, and no one is going to listen to us whine about them.  Haley himself was a "no excuses" guy, wasn't he?  It's time to move on, get those guys healthy, get a QB, a pass rusher, a OG and an OT and get on to 2012.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:13 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Offensive coaches do not score 3 TDs in 6 games where two of the TDs were a hail Mary and the other was when we were down 37-3.  Bye Haley, let the door hit you on the way out!!!

Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:11 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Just start reading the posts out there.  I would be surprised if you are right.  I'm somewhat indiferrent, because same as many Chiefs fans, we haven't had consistency.  But how can you take a guy who never was a head coach before, won the division last year, then loses 4 key players to injury (Moekai (sp), Berry, Charles, Cassell (not as big a deal as the other 3)), has the toughest schedule in the NFL, and fire him 3/4 of the way into the season?  
That's what isn't going to be popular.  It will all be forgiven if we bring in a proven coach. 

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:10 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Memo to the Chiefs:

Its time to complete the set. Please hire Josh McDaniels. It is my sincere hope that he will bring the same keen eye for talent, imaginative playcalling, and innovative use of the videography staff with which he blessed the Broncos. Look at the profound impact this humble and decent man he has already had on Sam Bradford's career.  

Yes. I am quite sure that a Kyle Orton and McDaniels reunion is just what the Chiefs need to be the franchise that I and other concerned opposing AFC West fans can look forward to playing for years to come.

God Bless the Belichick Coaching Tree.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:06 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

I supported Haley longer than most, but it was clear this season, even with the injuries, that the incnsistency was not going to help Haley's cause.  I thin k Bruce Arians, the OC for the Steelers is the next man,  He hwas Hunt's pick, to begin with, and Hunt  also wants this team built in the image of the Steelers.  Before you hang Cassel, let's see if it was Haley holding him back, or Cassel himself.  It will be an interesting offseason!

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:02 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Hailey is a good young coach who has some ties in pittsburgh.......If Arians (God I hope so) moves on, I could see him coming in the the steelers organization to be the OC.

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