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Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 5:31 pm
By Will Brinson

As is tradition, when an NFL coach is "relieved of his duties," like Todd Haley was on Monday, we'll plow through a list of potential candidates to replace said coach.

The Chiefs search is a little different though, because it's widely assumed that Scott Pioli will chase a "Patriots Guy," which is someone with, duh, connections to the Bill Belichick coaching tree. The success of the next Chiefs coach will likely determine whether or not Pioli continues at the helm of the Chiefs, and thus it would be surprising to see him go in a different direction and hire someone he wasn't truly confident could succeed.

Leave your suggestions in the comments.

Romeo Crennel

Crennel's going to be running the team for the final three games of the 2011 season, and it's possible that Scott Pioli would be comfortable with Crennel as the full-time coach going forward. After all, Romeo was the defensive coordinator for championship-caliber teams in New England when Pioli was working for the Patriots, and Crennel's got head-coaching experience with the Browns. That wasn't the most successful tenure, but, hey, neither was Bill Belichick's first gig in Cleveland either.

Josh McDaniels

McDaniels was canned in Denver and took over as Offensive Coordinator for the Rams this past season. His star has fallen mightily from the 6-0 start with the Broncos in 2009 to the 2-10 effort the Rams have put forth so far in 2011 and the regression St. Louis has shown on offense. McDaniels real downfall in Denver, though, was his personnel decisions (although you could argue he made some smart calls after all) and he wouldn't have to worry about that in KC. At the very least, he'll warrant strong consideration as offensive coordinator for his old boss Pioli. (Added bonus: Haley hates him!)

Kirk Ferentz

My buddy Nathan and I have a running joke about how Ferentz is the hottest coaching candidate on the planet every year (seriously: his name gets dropped into every single coaching search at every single level of football)  but never even considers leaving Iowa. This is actually one gig that could truly entice him to make the jump to the NFL, though, as he and Pioli go way back to the early 90's when they worked together in Cleveland and Baltimore. Plus, you never know -- he could be the AFC's version of Jim Harbaugh!

Jeff Fisher

Fisher's going to be one of the hotter names in most coaching searches this offseason, because of all the success he had in Tennessee, and the fact that he ultimately just left because he and Bud Adams couldn't really agree on Vince Young. Or something. The Chiefs have a lot of cap room and their roster actually resembles the construction of his Titans teams the last few years he was there.

Bill Cowher

Little-known fact about all NFL coaching searches: you must include Cowher's name or else it's not complete. Also, Cowher coached in Kansas City for two years and apparently loves it there. So I'm changing my tune from earlier when I didn't include Cowher. I still don't think he's the answer here, though, because Pioli isn't going to just hand over a pile of player-personnel power to Cowher and it's widely believed that's something he'll require.

Rob Ryan

Ryan's refusal to cut his hair and stop running his mouth prior to games has hurt his reputation as a strong candidate to succeed at the head-coaching level, but he's done good work with the Cowboys defense this season and his track record as a defensive coach is pretty damn impressive. He also worked for the Patriots (linebackers coach for three years) and given how much Rex Ryan's succeeded in New York, it's hard to ignore the possibility of success by the other sibling. On the other hand, given the tenuous nature of Pioli's relationship with the fiery Todd Haley, he may want to avoid a big personality with this hire.

Brian Daboll

Daboll was brought to the Dolphins in 2011 to revamp the Fins offense, and while Miami isn't the most high-powered offense in the NFL, the rejuvenation of Reggie Bush and the late-season success of Matt Moore is impressive. Daboll's offenses haven't ever finished in the top half of the NFL -- he was quarterbacks coach of the Jets in 2007 and 2008 and offensive coordinator of the Browns in 2009 and 2010 -- but he hasn't exactly been working with the same personnel you might find on the 1999 Rams or anything. No head coaching experience probably makes this a dealbreaker, but he could warrant consideration as an assistant.

Eric Mangini

But, no, seriously. Mangini's been known to have interest in returning to the NFL and as recently the past month he's been rumored as someone who might come in as a consultant for various teams. He's currently working for ESPN (and is actually doing a fantastic job, in my humble opinion), and may have burned bridges with comments he made about the Patriots while working as the Jets head coach. But people forget he did a pretty good job there of rebuilding the Gang Green before struggling in a rebuild job in Cleveland.

Pat Hill

Hill, the recently-fired Fresno State coach, is a bit of a darkhorse, especially since "getting fired by a non-BCS school where you've been since 1997" isn't usually the career step taken before "getting hired to take over an NFL team." But again, he's part of the Belichick tree, so it's impossible to count him out completely.

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Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 7:45 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

I really like Jeff Fisher.  He is a discipllinarian,,but still a pllayer's coach.  I think the Chiefs have the most young tallent of any team looking for a Head Coach, and are just a year out from winning a division title.  That has to be entiicing for any candidate.  This is not a rebuilding job.  The Chiefs are only a few players away from being contenders for years to come. 

It all depends on if Pioli insists on sticking to his Billichick tree, to hire a coach.  That may prevent him from getting the best man for the job.  I also think Clark Hunt would pay Fisher top dollar.  He has displayed a willingness to pay for those who he thinks are valuable to the team's success, and is keeping the key players on the roster, and not letting them walk.  I like the team's chances of getting him, as Pioli is next to be fired, if the Chiefs don't play up to their potential and expectations of the fans.

Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:53 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Hang in there Chiefs fans. We hated your players when Marty was coaching, but have always respected your great fans.

A Mile High Neighbor

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 2:13 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Chief fan, I hate this list.  I want a new HC and most of them are retreads.  I have no idea who we need, but I am happy Haley is gone.

Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2011 1:01 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

As a Bronco fan, I really hope KC does not hire Jeff Fisher. Us Bronco fans strongly recommend that KC hires Josh McDaniel. Wink

Good times, man, good times.

Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:21 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

This is what I was replying to... in the previous post...

From Zayla1: 

It will never cease to amaze me the hard on so many fans have for Cowher.  Brinson is DEAD ON RIGHT as to why he'll never come here.  He want too much power.  Get over your love affair, move on and wipe away your tears.

KC fans will riot if they hire McDaniels has HC. Offensive coordinator, maybe, but look at the Rams.

Ditto for Romeo Crennel.  He should stay at defensive coordinator.

Jeff Fischer is the guy they have to go after.  They need a big time, proven solid head coach.  Not a project.


Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:19 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Why repeat what you said.  I agree completely.  Will actually fly back to KC to participate in riots if McD is hired.

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:05 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

What about Dom Capers with the Packers?

Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:50 am

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Pat Hill!!!!!

 Really I know he was a College Coach but I personally think this guy will beable to get it done.

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:15 am

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Clark Hunt needs to get rid of Scott Pioli and hire Jon Gruden right now.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 10:14 am

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Daboll and McDaniels? Did anyone see the endzone debacle last night from the one for McDaniels's Rams? Yeah, he should be HC. He shouldn't even be a coordinator.

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