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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: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:55 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

None of those guys is leaving the college game to take over a program in as sorry a condition as the Chiefs.
None of those guys are going to get a job in the NFL unless its with a team thats in bad condition.  If Sean Payton retired after this year, the Saints aren't hiring Les Miles to replace him just because he is a Louisiana guy.

 Besides, LSU and Alabama could beat the Chiefs with the teams they have now.
You are a moron who knows nothing to even think this is true.  Consider this...when the paltry LSU offense goes up against the Chiefs they will face guess who on the other side of the line....Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey.  2 First round picks from LSU...and they are considered crap by NFL standards.  They were beasts in college, but the fact is the NFL is a much higher grade of FB...and so now they suck. 

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:55 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Fisher stinks!!!!

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:46 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

They should call this the mostly crap list.  I'd stop watching the Chiefs if they hired Mangini or Rob Ryan.  Kirk Ferentz makes no sense.  Josh McDaniels sucked in Denver and is sucking this year as the OC in St. Louis.  Why would he be a good HC in KC?  Bill Cowher has no interest.

That leaves Jeff Fischer...which, I can deal with. 

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:24 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

I have a hard time believing that any college team ever could beat even the Colts of this year.  Every player on the field, though awful in the nfl, was great in college.  Not good, great.  Now they are part of a historically awful club but are still grown men and world class professional athletes.  No college team would stand a chance.

Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:16 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

What about Les Miles?

Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:14 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

If you truly believe LSU or Bama would beat the Chiefs you know nothing about football which you obviously don't. The Chiefs have a lot of young talent and a few more pieces they can be a strong team. They are one year removed from the AFC West titlle. They lost 4 of their best 6 players that is going to make a long season. Look what happened to Chicago when they lost Cutler and Forte...add Urlacher and Briggs to the IR and the Bears aren't going to win many games. Get a clue before you post gibberish....especially anything about a college team beating any NFL team.

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 10:11 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

obamaswhite- I was going to say his name at the end but wanted to see how long it takes for someone to reply with the answer.

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Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:57 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

If the Kansas City Chiefs hire Josh McDaniels, I have watched my last Chiefs game and I will officially renounce my fandom of KC forever. For the love of Lamar Hunt, PLEASE hire someone who has some respectability in the profession and who may be capable of putting out strong, hardnosed football in Kansas City. My pipe dream would be Bill Cowher, but my realistic hope is for Jeff Fisher. Both would be a great fit in KC.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:28 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

From a Cowboy fan, please please please take Rob Ryan. He's a great coach.

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:06 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Three games is a short tryout for Crennel. It is possible that he learned enough from his experience in Cleveland that he will succeed the second time around, but we're not going to know it by the end of this season ... and Pioli cannot afford to go wrong on this choice, too. I'm getting the impression that the Chiefs are creating a difficult dynamic where the GM expects a puppet HC. Pioli did not supercede Belichik in New England, he enabled him. Haley wanted to assert his independence, but didn't have the chops for primacy. A Cowher, Fisher or other name HC does. McDaniel would be Haley II, maybe even more pliable because of the Patriot ties (and with the failure of Denver behind him). The Chiefs need a strong, reliable leader on the sidelines, but Pioli is trying to fill that role from the executive suite. The type of coach he hires will indicate how the Chiefs are going to operate.

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