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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: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:01 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

I would love to see Pioloi bring in Josh McDaniels.  Can we say "LOSER"?  Look what he has done to the RAMS!!!!

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:00 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Clark Hunt needs to fire Pioli also and bring in Jon Gruden.  Pioili needs to take  hike.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:00 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

lamthepupil...  It's not the fact about the players getting hurt that this team has suffered, that is a given.  But when my wife, who has no football knowledge whatsoever, can figure out the game plan after just a few minutes into the game, something is wrong.  The play calling was the worst I have ever seen.  It's like there was no planning, no preparation for the games.  This guy can't coach!  It has nothing to do with the players that are out.  You obviously haven't watched any Chiefs games this year.  So please, go back and take a look at the level of "coaching" and play calling that took place before you offer up another opinion about how QB play and Pioli were the downfall of this team.  I don't want to hear it.  Pioli is not the one calling the plays from the sideline.

And don't send us that loser Josh McDaniels either.  That guy is even worse.  We want Gruden or Cowher or someone with similar skills.  Bring back Shotenhiemer (however you spell it).  I'll take not going to the Superbowl just to be a respectable team again, a team that you know is going to play you tough from the first to the last whistle!

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:58 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Nice post global.  While I don't think Cassel is the savior, but I don't think he's the downfall either. He did fine with the right offense in place and with a couple decent options, and when he wasn't hurt of course. They have lost most of their playmakers due to injury this year, but they still played like a team without a leader.  That is the coach's job so a new coach was definitely needed. Josh McDaniels? Hell no. I can't think of anything that would make a Bronco fan happier than seeing that inevitable train wreck. People can hope for Gruden or Dungy or Cower, but I really don't see any of them coming back. Sports radio is talking up Jeff Fisher as an option.  I'm mixed on him. He seemed to get more out of his teams than he should some times, but then not enough on equal occassions.

Haley had an incredibly weak schedule last year and probably thought he was safe this year as a result of a good record. Too bad the NFL doesn't work that way

Since: Apr 19, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:43 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Jeff Fischer for CHIEFS Head Coach!!!

Since: Jul 20, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:40 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

So true...................

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:39 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Correction men, Waters was cut not lost. And just like the absence of other dominoes, this falls on the plate of the GM Pioli. Also take into account some of his "right 53" include Peterson's Gonzalez trade for the Dexter McCluster pick debacle. He gets hurt or fumbles about 50% of his touches. Too small to be a Sproles type runner. Tyson Jackson was a miss for sure, and the only way you get a Cowher or Gruden type guy is to give him the control of the roster. Woe is us if that fails to materialize. Romeo may be OK, but you have to be connected to get the great assistants you need. Hopefully HOF'er Emmitt Thomas gets the approval stamp going forward. Too many coaches in the NFL get recycled too often. Even the option is getting recycled in Donkey town. It won't be long before that pony show is over, but it does show you what a good defense can & will do. Just gonna take a whale of an offense to compete with the Green Bays of the league. You can't deny it, Haley didn't cut the mustard & Piopli hasn't cut the buck yet either. If Jackson contiues his ineptitude, see how long Romeo keeps giving him pt. That'll be the give away. Also, if you don't have the LB's you can't run a 3-4 def without rushing an extra guy each snap. Hali is about the only consistant rusher we have. And Dj's probably peaked this years-an 8 yr vet, he's no pup. Trade time for maximum value IMO. If Peterson wasn't so feeble minded, we gotten a helluva lot more for Tony G. Still, in the back of my head I can see Brian Shottenheimer coming in. Clark Hunt is ready for more new blood, albeit with the right pedigree. Glad I don't have to make that a life or death call, but for all the $$$ these guys pi$$ off, would sure love the chance. Flippin a coin gets you millions. Look what swingin a golf club got Haley.

Since: Jul 20, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:38 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

 This was long over due....................

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:36 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

I say get Rob Ryan 
Yes, He is doing a wonderful job running the Dallas defense. Just what the league needs, anoher loudmouth Ryan running a team.

Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:32 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

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