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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, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:36 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Can we all agree on one thing. As bad as most of these posts believe Todd Haley was , wouldn't you still choose him over NORV ! ?

Since: Sep 28, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:30 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

I think Todd was the perfect example of "Peter's Principle" He was elevated upwards to a position he was not suited for. He was and is a very good Offensive co-ordinator, he is not a good head coach.
Results is both instances. 

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:24 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Interesting? Todd Bowles was named interim coach at Miami. Reports say Romeo Crennel will be named the interim head coach in Kansas City. Coincidence or collusion? Both are men of color. The NFL requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for their head coach position when they become available. I wonder if these men are legitimate candidates or are they simply pawns in order for KC and Miami to get a jump on hiring the coach they're really after? 

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:21 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

If he would, the best thing the Cheaps could do would be to bring back Marty Schottenheimer. 
Yep, the Schottenheimer days don't look so bad now, do they?  He was never going to win a Superbowl, but at least he consistently put winning seasons together and every once in awhile, the Chiefs would actually win a game or two in the Playoffs. I agree, that Cassel is not a quarterback that is going to lead a team to the Superbowl, they need somebody better. Lets face it, there are only a couple good teams in the NFL this year and then there are a bunch of so so and lousy teams that are also not going to win the Superbowl. The Giants one hit wonder aside, it usually doesn't matter much if a team goes 6-10, 7-9,9-7, or 10-6, they generally aren't going to win a Superbowl. I hope this team can get a true motivator as a head coach, as well as a better quarterback.

Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:14 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Pioli's going to hire McDummy
That's what I'm hoping for! Why? I hate the Chefs. Yep, I'm a hater. Go Broncos!

Since: Oct 30, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:12 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties' disrespect intended...but who couldn't do well with Fitzgerald-Breaston-Hightower-Wells

& Warner hooking them up.? Wisenhut put that team together.....Haley wasn't allowed to screw that up.....

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:05 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Todd Haley was actually a collegiate golfer, I was rooting for him. It was like one of us (outside the NFL clique) got an opportunity to coach. I was rooting for him to succeed (unless he played the Skins). Maybe he was an "ass" but anyone who walks in (from the outside) to a any job, organization, or in this case the NFL who many feel don't belong in the 1st place, maybe being an "ass" isn't such a bad thing to be. As for Haley's coaching ability, he didn't do such a bad job w/ Arizona & Kurt Warner.

Since: Oct 30, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:05 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Beaver56...cudo's bro, that's some funny shaaaaa-it. You can beat this horse to death, this was a long time coming,before Charles went down.! Haley is a locker room cancer that can't fit his ego-maniac bulbis head in the same room with anyone. His wanna be Bill Billcek A$$ sweatshirt wearin gopher faced, Tuna rules Napolian complex driven coaching style has no room in this NFL. If the new coach even has Cassel/Orton/or heaven forbit....Palko in the facility next year...he won't be worth two squirts either. You have three young receivers..talented, you need a Veteran QB, a QB who can mentor(bare with me) like Peyton Manning. IF..."IF" the Colts go after Luck, Manning may not stick around, the Colts may want to start Luck? If that were to happen Peyton would still have it in him to start...and with those receivers...nice fit. Then you draft RG3, mentor him,get him ready & 2 years later.....he's gold and the Chiefs build around Griffin......crazy...maybe? sounds

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:05 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

KC tried the Patriots West approach to get fans into the seats and it hasn't worked. Pioli will be the next person to be shown the door. Whether you care for Haley or not, firing Haley is more of a promotional ploy than a personnel move.

The Chiefs don't sell out their games and have seen dwindling season ticket sales for at least the past five years. They need a new gimmick to get folks into the seats. Firing Haley will enable them to launch their "New Era" campaign. 

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 5:00 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

When does Pioli get his? Or does the Kansas City front office still think Matt Cassel is the answer?


Pioli's going to hire McDummy to take another crack at making the Patriots West again, they're going to do worse than Haley over 3 years, both will get canned.  Write that down. 

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