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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: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:57 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? Next is Sparano, then Norv, hopefully Caldwell, ? Garrett?

Since: Jan 8, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:40 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Awesome Subway commercial analogy!!!

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:21 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Kinda like those annoying Subway commercials where the dork Todd, who`s obviously never EVER gonna date the hot chick in the office gives away his crappy Sub.  I picture Haley who was an unlikeable ass as a head coach being told ala Subway add "This is Todd."  Uh phones dead, did they change my extension?  Here`s your brown box Todd, clean out your cubicle and take a walk of shame out of our organization. Don`t ever call the hot chick here again and really Subway?  I`d rather eat chalk.  Whoever they appoint as interem Romeo Cornhole is ideal should cut terrible Tyler Palko.  People can rip Tebow for being a lousy passer, but that Palko kid can thank the Big(L)East as a lousy conference.  He`s as bad a QB as the NFL has ever seen.  Bring back Herm Edwards....ESPN would thank you!

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:12 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

This team was awful before Cassell got hurt.  I think Larry Johnson was right when he said his dad was more qualified to be an NFL head coach than Todd Haley.  Wasn't the guy a collegiate tennis player?  I don't know how he got into coaching. 

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:11 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Using injuries as an excuse for the teams inneptitude is rediculous. The Packers has 16 players on IR last year and won the super bowl.

Boy you Packers fans are sure running with that torch. 

3 starters.  16 on IR, but you lost 3 starters, Finley, Clifton, and Grant.    Lets not act like you parted the seas any longer.  The Packers get plenty of pub without you fans bringing this up as some sort of badge of courage. 

The Chiefs are out 4 starters, at key positions, and haven't had the luxury of a regime getting 7+ years to create a winner.   

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:01 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Quite likely Charles is done for good and sorry but IMO, Casel is not that good of a player. Never started a game in college. Moaaki was not very durable even at the D1 level. What's amazing to me is that they have played as well on def as they have, with no more talent on that side. Studabaker? Belcher? Vrable? Are you kidding me? And Palko? Why would you not have Palko just keep handing the ball off? Orton could do that with a broken whatever. Remember Steve DeBerg? The off & def are both floundering. They made they playoffs last year in spite of all this & because of their low grade schedule & pure a$$ed luck. Might not get that lucky for another 10-15 yrs. What else could you call the game vs Bears? Gotta have the talent & right leaders. I thought they should have gone in the tank for Luck, but it didn't happen. If they pass up RGIII next year, I'll tell em to KMA, burn my friggin' tickets on tv & take a week to draw a crowd. Fisher or Cowher might save the ship, but they gotta have the helm.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:54 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Haley's probably happy to go, seeing they got the Packers coming up.  The Colts lose their QB and can't win, The Chiefs lose a whole lot more and win 5 games.  This is the true NFL (not for long) league when you're outmanned each week.  Looking in from the outside, I don't think Haley's that bad, he just got dealt a real bad hand in KC.  He won't be out of work long.

Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:53 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Seems to me that if the Head Coach is gone the GM should be gone as well. It is the GM that hired the players that couldn't do their jobs. Using injuries as an excuse for the teams inneptitude is rediculous. The Packers has 16 players on IR last year and won the super bowl.

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:48 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

You know Jets fans are desperate when they are wanting Bill Callahan to take over as OC. He ruined the Raiders gig after Chucky left, then sent Nebraska spiraling.

Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:24 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Can't believe people are making excuses for him.

The Chiefs looked awful before they lost Cassel and Charles.
THey looked awful before and after Weiss.

But bottom line - i beg of you please take Schottenheimer. Anyone!
Been begging for this for 6 years. Once he is gone, and assuming Callahan takes over and not Matt Cavanaugh,
the Jets will be nearly unbeatable.

Schitty is the definition of cronyism in action. 

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