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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: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:17 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

I don't think Haley was a particularly good coach...but I'd like to see ANYBODY win with Tyler Palko at QB.  The injuries destroyed this team.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:14 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Go figure! Chiefs made playoffs last year. Chiefs lose qb,rb and db. 5-8 this year with all that happened. Division leader is 8-5, could quite easily be 7-6. Clark (I got my job because of daddy) Hunt fires Haley. Hunt needed to fire Pioli. This is an organization in disarray. Sorry, but K.C. fans are not going to see a playoff team for a good while. Both CEO and GM state inconsistency for choice of letting Haley go. What do you expect with the key injuries sustained this year? Good luck to (scapegoat) Haley. As for Hunt/Pioli, hope you lose every game next year!

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:07 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

wow. This is shocking.  The Chiefs were a playoff team last year.  Show me how a team can lose 4 of its best players and still win games?  Berry: done for the season.  Charles: done for the season.  Maoki: done for the season.  Cassel: done for the season.  I am actually surprised they have managed 5 wins.  This was a bad move here by the Chiefs.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:04 pm
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Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:01 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

No big Haley fan but what's the point firing him with 3 games to go in the season?

Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:52 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

So, will Romeo start the rookie Stanzi?  What other changes might we see?  At this point in the season, it is time to see what we have in reserve.

Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:45 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

OMG NOOOOO! Bring in Gruden or especially McDaniels and about 500,000 people will move out of KC. Gruden's ego is a problem and lots of his former players hate him and McDaniels is a complete tool. Please forget the Patriot coaching tree. I love Romeo but as a DC and NOT as head coach.

Back up the money truck and bring in Fisher.

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:42 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Lets hope Steve Spagnogood will be relieved of his duties after tonights game.

Since: May 19, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:34 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Although I would love to see Cowher come to KC - it just isn't going to happen.  Cowher is only going to coach in a situation where he will have control of the team (probably as GM and coach).  With the control-freak, Pioli (or Ego-li as some have taken to calling him) in charge, there is no way that Cowher will take the job.  I do think; however, the Chiefs will attempt to make a splash with a coaching hire to rejuvinate the some have speculated, Jon Gruden would be a nice choice especially if we select a QB in the first round like Barkley or RG3.  Pioli better choose wisely this time since his job may be aligned with the next long as he continues to make Clark Hunt money his job will be safe...

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:23 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Well, at least this will likely prompt him to shave, since he will be looking for a new job.

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