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

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

I have to agree that Marty did not win any superbowls.  How many other Chiefs coaches have?  Marty is a good coach.  The Chiefs when healthy will have a great running game and a great defense.  That is custom made for Marty.

Don't worry.  Marty does not want to coach in the NFL again anyway.  Realistically, I doubt if Cowher would come back.  There is still Jon Gruden and many others out there.

Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:50 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Haley like McDaniels basiclly crumbled in the face of adversity and took it out on the players. Thats why he lost the locker room. The Hunts better give serious consideration to getting rid of Pioli to. Haley's not the one you gave draft picks and stupid money for Cassel. I give Haley credit for winning anything with that guy. Pioli is also the guy who hired Haley who really had done what? Nothing to say hey I should be a head coach thats for sure. Who has he brought in besides Barry a top five pick that you better not miss on. Most of that defense was built by the last guy and Battle falls in that group also. Haley was half the problem now fire the other half before you end up with McDaniels or some other branch of the weeping willow that is Belichicks tree.

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:50 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Haley just never seemed to be that good of a motivator. On top of this; I think the Head Coach role was too much for him to manage week in & week out!

He often took things personal & this is a no,no in business on any level.

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:45 pm
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Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:44 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

If I hear one more effing fellow Chiefs fan mention Marty CHOKENHEIMER I swear, come on people!!  How many Super Bowls did he win in KC?  How many times did that team choke especially in 95 and 97??  Gimme a break move on from him already.  What bring back Carl Petersen too?  NEW BLOOD is what KC needs.  Pioli should be gone too, he hired Haley he assemble this team with NO depth. 

Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:41 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Haley showed bad judgement from the onset.  A veteren player - I think it was Waters, wanted to meet with the coach right off, but Haley refused.  That was wrong.  Always listen to your veterens!

For an offensive co-ordinator he failed on offense.  The only year that was good, was when we had Charlie Weis for Co-ordinator.  I have often wondered if he left because of differences with Haley.

I am hoping against McDaniels, as he has shown his immaturity and is failing with the Rams.  I am hoping for Cower to return to KC.  I would welcome Marty back with open arms too!


Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:38 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

MrGungho, while I agree with your overall message, you may want to re-check when these injuries occured. 

Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:38 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

(sp)     "riddance"  lol

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:38 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

The Chief's winning season last year was a mirage.  They won 10 games with one of the weakest schedules in the NFL.  And having won a division title, even a bad division, the NFL scheduling formula made life much tougher this year.  But I guess the people who run the franchise expected the Chiefs to win at least 10 games this year.  I figured they might win 7 or 8 games this year until they lost their first game at home to Buffalo.  Then I knew they were in more trouble than I imagined.  But with 2 winnable games left, they could still possibly finish with 7 wins.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:35 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Pioli should have to look over his shoulder too. He has ran some pretty bad drafts so far and if he put up another stinker I drop him also. You can't hit on 1 mabye 2 players per draft and have a team that competes.

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