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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: Apr 15, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:08 pm
 

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

I'm sorry for the KC fans I would so much rather have Haley than Romeo. Haley deserves to finish the year given he lost most of his studs due to injury. Romeo is who we thought was "Not a head coach"


ALFIwantsout
Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:01 pm
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Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:57 pm
 

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Do you think Charlie Weis is trying to get out of his Kansas Jayhawk contract?
It wouldn't surprise me. He is a notorious job hopper.



Since: Oct 30, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:48 pm
 

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Jeff Fisher would be one guy that could right the ship in KC... it would take a year or two, but worth it. 




Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

JBANK...  as I stated before, it's not about the lost players.  This guy does not know how to coach or put together a game plan that would fool any average football fan let alone the professionals.  Leave it be, he is a terrible head coach.  We need someone who knows how to win and right this ship.  Bring in Fisher, but I also like Gruden and Shottenheimer or others.  We are tired of losing and bottom line is this guy can't coach.  This has been some of the WORST play calling I have ever seen!  Time for a change.



Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Do you think Charlie Weis is trying to get out of his Kansas Jayhawk contract?



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:00 pm
 

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

I don't know how good of a head coach Todd Haley is (or was). I do know that most coaches in the NFL would not fare well after losing their best defensive player (in week #1) and then their QB, stud RB, and solid TE in short order. Which NFL team currently has that kind of depth?

Both Haley and (long-gone) Charlie Weiss were Pioli picks. Will this upcoming hire be make-or-break for the Chiefs' GM?




Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:59 pm
 

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Good riddance, Haley. I always thought he looked like a d-bag thug.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Now somebody just needs to fire the Royal's owner.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:41 pm
 

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Larry, if an organization's goal is to win a Superbowl, well I would have to say that 80-90% of the head coaches in the NFL should be on the hot seat, because I know a lot of teams that are NOT going to win it this year, and unless they make some changes, are not going to win in it in the forseeable future.


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