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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 30, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:02 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

What! I think Todd Haley has done an excellent job with the crap he's had to work with this season. I mean the guy hasn't turned poop into diamonds... so what? He went to the freakin playoffs last season! Name a coach in this league who could win with Tyler Palko at QB, or if their number one offensive threat (Jamaal Charles) was out, their star QB (Matt Cassel) was out, and their star defender (Eric Berry) was out! Haley's a great coach who's had some tough luck this season, there will be hard times for any teams, management has to learn to tough it out. Look at how the Bengals are doing after not giving up on Marvin Lewis, look how the Bears are doing after not giving up on Lovie Smith, and how the Texans are doing after not giving up on Gary Kubiak. Haley will be a great coach somewhere else and his stop with the Kansas City Chiefs will be like when the Cleveland Browns Browns gave up too early on Bill Belicheck.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:00 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Who are you speaking for BigChief?  On the 3 Chiefs mailing lists I am on, this will be a pretty popular move.  Not unanimous, but I'm sure more than half will be on board with this.  Cassel is part of the problem, and so is Muir, and both should follow Haley out of town.

Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:59 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Tony Dungy please

Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:56 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

This will not be a popular move for Chiefs Nation.  Few fans feel that Haley has been a disappointment.  I would tend to think that Cassell is the bigger problem.  He has not produced like he should have.  Why do we feel as good with Tyler Palko under center as Cassell?  Season ending injuries to key players has contributed to this season, and one year from a playoff appearance and the head coach gets fired?  Something is up.  It better be a good replacement, like Cowher....

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:53 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

I never liked Todd at Kansas City and I really don't care for all the "New England" products that the Chiefs have either.  I actually really enjoyed Herm while he was there but maybe KC will go after Gruden or Cowher.  The Chiefs have had the same problem for years though decent QB.  They can draft all the defense they want but when you don't have a consistent offense it doesn't matter. 

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:52 am

What took so long?

 Marty is too old to bring back, but Bill Cowher or Tony Dungy aren't. They were both coordinators under Shott during some damn good years at Arrowhead. As adrian C said, "Damn good Roosevelt!" Marty still has a tremendous friendship with Clark Hunt, so even his son Brian could be in the mix. Brian played HS ball at Blue Valley in Overland Park, and works for a timebomb in NY, like Oscar & Felix IMO.  Likely will get a great draft pick and have a fair nucleus of yong defensive guys. Also a few expendables for pick trades. If they don't fix up the O line, no one would survive at QB. I can remember when Haley got here he bitched out NFL man of the year Brian Waters & told him he could get 22 guys of the streets to win 3 games. Then, he friggin released him this he could start for the Patriots of all teams. Home cookin? In fact, if not for their pi$$ poor performance, I would like to see Palko investigated for game fixing after the Steeler game-former team mate & had three consecutive TO's on three consecutive plays? Not in your wildest dream can a pro QB be that bad by accident. As an offensive "guru" Haley sucks. Steve Breaston said it best, " Haley's not an A$$hole all the time." Thank God & greyhound he's gone. Think the seat was hot genius? His contract was up also, so this was absolutely no surprise to most of us.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:52 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

I only hope the next head coach of the Chiefs shares Haley's fondness for dressing like a homeless man. So long, Soupcan.

Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:51 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

it is about time thats a start, now we have to put stanzi in as qb see what he can do since our season is over. but we need alot more to fix whats going wrong here

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:51 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Wow, jumping the gun a bit i think? The injuries killed this team this year so I would of thought he would be safe for this year!

Very bad move here!  

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:48 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

This is a very bad move.  Injuries hurt him bad this year, but they are a decent QB away from making a run.  I am a strong Chiefs fan, but this firing is a very poor decision and if they would allow him to put together his team, they would have been fine.  Unbelievable.  Oh well.  Haley will latch on with a "winners" team and my Chiefs will continue to suck arse.

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