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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 23, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:32 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Where Haley blew it was when he took over the o.c. position from Charlie Weiss.  Once the Chiefs lost Weiss as an o.c. they were done.  He put too much on his plate and it cost him.  Injuries have doomed this team and they have no identity on offense.  Someone has to blame and it the head coach.  That's the way of the NFL.Cool

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:22 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Sorry but as a chiefs fan I have to say good riddane. He was the one running (ruining) the offense. On the few games I have had the pleasure of watching here is what I had noticed. 2 minute drill. Marching down with 1:00 left on the clock in the first half (take your pick against S.D in the 20-17 loss or the next week it happened twice.) we are around mid field 3 time outs.Running play 3 yrds . No time out taken. No points scored. Both games. He was a terrible game manager and player manager. Weiss was an offensive genius when he left so did our offense. Look at the stats. Don't Blame Pioli just yet let's see what he can do this off season. N.E isn't exactly doing great with all of the draft picks I say get Rob Ryan 

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:13 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

"...but with the availability of potential Patriot-style head coaches (Josh McDaniels anyone?), Pioli probably felt more comfortable hitting the reset button."  Really, Josh McDaniels?  I hope the writer didn't actually hear that from anyone in the Chief's front office, and that comment only reflects his own strangely rooted speculation.  When anyone in St. Louis sees that, it will elicit gutteral laughter, as Josh McDaniels has done exactly zero to distinguish himself here this season as the OC.  In fact, while many like myself were anxious to show Pat Shurmur the door as he left to become the Browns' head coach, most of us would probably admit now that the bland offense that Shurmur employed last year in Bradford's rookie year was in fact NOT holding him back, as we thought at the time, but perhaps making the best use of his abilities and more importantly reflected a realistic assessment of the abilities of the receivers he had to work with here.  While nearly all Rams fans were excited about the arrival of McDaniels, he has taken an at best stubborn and at worst absolutely stupid approach as he's essentially abandoned the short game, the drop offs that represent the only passes Rams receivers are capable of catching, and perhaps Bradford is capable of throwing.  So, with the QB issues KC is facing, I wouldn't wish McDaniels on you, as he could set you back 3 years.  Find someone who recognizes the teams limitations and will create ways to work around them, rather than reiterate insanity, resolved to do the same thing over and over, even though it never works.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:06 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

If I hear one more effing fellow Chiefs fan mention Marty CHOKENHEIMER
I would choose Marty in a heartbeat over Raheem Morris.  This linebackers coach is about as qualified to be a head coach as Mike Singletary.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:05 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

AND YET RAHEEM MORRIS IS STILL EMPLOYED???  HE HAS TO HAVE DIRT ON SOMEBODY IN TAMPA...He is about as qualified to be an NFL head coach as Mike Singletary.

Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:55 pm
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Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:55 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Andy Dalton wasn't a better option?

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:52 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

What do you mean he should have gone after a QB right away? Pioli is the GM and responsible for bringing a QB (Cassell) in. The chief resaon for the Cheifs downfall is QB play. The Chiefs say that Haley was fired that because he could not be consistent. Most people looked at the at the talent and schedule for the Cheifs this season and said 7-9 to 9-7 was the best this team could be. The team loses Waters (pro bowler), Charles (pro bowler), Berry (pro bowler), Moeki (replacement for a pro bowler (gonzales), and Cassell who played at a pro bowl level last season, and you expect progress. If this season and last would have been reversed we would not be having this conversation.

If there was a rift between Pioli and Haley and they could not work together then it's best to move on. However, Pioli needs to have a game plan together and be proactive and not reactive. The year Pioli was hired he sat around and waited until all of the top candidates were hired and then setteld for Haley. He has continually sat on the sideline with a stack of cash and failed to pursue free agents that would improve the club.

The case can be made that the club with Pioli is no better and maybe worse in some areas than when he took over. The final Peterson/Edwards draft was above average, since then there have been two many misses for a team that refuses to go the free agent route. Additionally, looking back at Pioli drafts with NE, there were two many misses there as well, however, Bellicheck and Brady were able to cover the mistakes. Pioli has to be on the hotseat and the clock needs to start ticking right now.

Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:52 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Strangely Andy Dalton was picked 2nd round 35th pick by the Bengals. Don't think he's doing too badly for a rookie. At least maybe you would have had 7 or 8 wins by this point. Plus he has a lot of upside potential too. Get him some good receivers and the Chiefs would have been set. Of course, Cassel wouldn't have liked it but sometimes you have to take that gamble.

Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:52 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

srry man..I totally thought this was my post and I had mispelled riddance....I did not realize it was someone elses..I was not trying to correct you in anyway, just thought I was correcting myself

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