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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: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:46 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

If he would, the best thing the Cheaps could do would be to bring back Marty Schottenheimer. 

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:44 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

What difference is it going to make? It's the same thing every 2 or 3 years. Todd, Herm, Gunther and now the next knucklehead they bring in here will SUCK and in a couple of years, the media and fan will be crying for his head on a silver platter and we'll do it all over again. Stop the Merry-Go-Round .... I want to get off!!

Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:42 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

So no coach, and a team in disarray, and the 13-0 Packers coming to town.  This weekend I see a slaughter!

Since: Apr 7, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:40 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Let's hope he takes Tyler Palko with him!  Good riddance to someone who has been an embarrassment to the franchise with his sloppy appearance and hot headed behavior.  Here's hoping the fan he flipped off has the last laugh!

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:35 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Go buy a razor with your severance money! 

Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:34 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Todd Haley relieved of his duties as Head Coach of the Chiefs.WOW what a shock.And the team is 5-8 in the 2011-12 NFL season.And whom is next head coach to go with a losing record.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:32 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Please take Leslie Frazier with you. 

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 11:28 am

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

It's amazing he lasted this long, everyone could see even last year the team was winning in spite of him.

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