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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: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:35 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Feel as good with Palko under center?  Not me.  I certainly don't think Cassel is the savior of the Chiefs, but he was the best QB on the team.  And there weren't any other alternatives out there last year with the 26th pick...

Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:35 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Good riddance Haley.  All injuries aside...the furst 4 weeks of this season when everyone of these "Key" players was basically healthy the Chiefs lost in completely embarrasing fashion. If anything those 4 lossed alone were enough for me to pull the trigger on Haley. He just has this super cocky attitude and I was glad to see him fail.

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:33 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Good post, DBowman

Since: Oct 30, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:29 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Good riddens, Haley wasn't the reason for the Cards success, it was Fitzgerald & Warner.!! Haley lost this team..yes..lost this team early on. While there were some injury related issues, he still had to game plan & he should have went after a QB right away. Cassel is not a top tier QB. Defense has potential, Tomba is a building block along with Flowers...thanks Romeo..., but , not all Offensive coordinators make good what it is. Next season is a total makeover..period, need a strong leader at QB...GO GET ONE.!!!

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:28 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

The " Brodie curse " lives..............Surprised


Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:28 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Wow, have to say that I'm a little shocked by this move. I'm impartial to the Chiefs but firing a coach who just won a divison title for you lat year after how many years??  This team has been beseiged by injuries this year and I don't know how you can blame the coach for the record this year.  Hopefully for the Chiefs fans this move will not cause a step backwards for this franchise and thye can get healthy again for next years run.

Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:26 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

This looks like a move by the front office to cover their butts. The fans complain when a team is losing but true fans understand that the loss of your starting QB, tight end, and 2 potential pro bowlers among others doesn't let you coach the way you would if you were provided with a team.Think the Bears are gonna can Smith? They lost the same kind of players and are getting the same results as the Chiefs with a better defense.Haley can't make steak out of hamburger.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:26 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

I don't get to see much of the Chiefs and how Todd Haley runs his ship.  But this seems a little trigger-happy to flip the switch after winning the AFC West just last year.  If you look down the list of the draft picks for the last few years in KC, it seems to me that Scott Pioli should be the one on the hot seat instead of Haley.  Some of Pioli's choices in the '09, '10, and '11 drafts look a bit suspect in the grand scheme of things.

In '09, taking Tyson Jackson #3 overall instead of B.J. Raji or Brian Orakpo seems odd considering they had to convert Jackson to DE and he hasn't exactly lit the world on fire with his lack of pass rushing ability.

In '10 Eric Berry was an excellent pick but what happened after that.  Matt Cassel needs targets to throw to and already had Jamaal Charles in the backfield.  So why pick up Dexter McCluster when guys like Rob Gronkowski and Golden Tate were still out there.  McCluster isn't bad, but unless you were planning on a lot of 2-back sets where both are weapons on passing downs I don't think it was a wise choice.  Granted, Pioli picked up Moeaki in the 3rd round, but what was the plan for McCluster?  Especially when Pioli grabbed Anthony Dixon, another RB, in the 6th round.

The other thing I noticed is that Pioli has taken very few offensive linemen in the draft the last three seasons.  How do you keep the line stocked and fresh with skilled, healthy bodies if you're always picking from undrafted free agents and other teams' leftovers?  It sure feels like Pioli hung Haley out to dry by leaving the team lacking in depth in case of injuries.  And if there's one thing Haley will tell you this year, his team was hit pretty hard by injuries.  You lose your starting safety, QB, RB, TE, and two linebackers and your record will suffer-- I don't care how good your coaching is.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:23 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Hey Goose...good post, but the Browns didn't give up on Belichick...after Modell announced in November 1995 that he was moving the team to Baltimore...Belichick resigned as head coach in February 1996. Belichick spent the 1996 season as a defensive coach for the Patriots under Parcells.

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:22 pm

Chiefs: Todd Haley 'relieved of his duties'

Bad move. Todd Haley is no Turner Gill. Todd Haley proved he could win last season with the right parts. And he was doing decently enough (winning a MNF game against a good San Diego team). Hopefully the front office doesn't compound this mistake by bringing in a bad coach.

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