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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: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:47 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Trentonsworst, here's you answer:  Both are eliminated. Wade is already 0-3 (Buff, Denver, Dallas). Charlie just took the job at KU. He was the closest fit to Manginos old KU duds.

Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:43 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Don't count out Cowher because of location. KC is a lot less a s**thole than Pittsburgh. No on Ferentz. They don't need a mediocre Big 10 coach despite his stoic romp to the Insight Bowl. Billick could be good. Rob Ryan would add some entertainment value to the league and KC(it's nice and has good steaks but boring). Being from SF, a big NO to Singletary. Great LB but a lousy coach. But here's one more to consider: Mariucci. He was a good coach and maybe he'll bring along Primetime & the Playmaker. It would certainly be fun.

Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:38 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?


Since: Nov 14, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:36 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Get ready for your token interview Romeo........wait where is Wade Phillips and Charlie Weis' name?

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:28 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Cowher or Fisher are sitting there, the league would not require you to wait until a certain date in order to talk to them since they are not currently coaching.

Since: Jul 20, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:19 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

 Brian Billick.........................

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:18 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Perhaps they thought they would have head start in interviewing/looking at coaches before others are canned at the end of the year.  Perhaps they want to hire a college coach (the bowl games end before or at the end of the regular season).  I have thought about this as well!

Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:14 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Devastator: Your's is a really great question... All I can guess is that over the next three weeks the team can now have the freedom to bring prospects in to evaluate, without alienating Haley. A tough to acquire coach such as as Fischer may want to see the organization in motion. Additionally, the team may want to evaluate what other fractures may exist and that may be more transparant with Haley gone.

Too bad for Haley because he really was bit with the injury bug this year. The schedule was very difficult this year and there was never going to be room for massive injuries and a slow start.

Life as an NFL coach is a brutal one.    

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:07 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

I am curious what the advantage is to fire a coach with 3 games left.  I could understand if there was an outstanding coach available that you needed to make a move on, but letting Haley go at this point just doesn't make sense.  The only thought I could come up with is that Crennel is the choice and making a move now and that gives him some extra games to adjust.  Still that's a weak argument because he's already been a head coach and he's been running the defense for a few years now.

Does anyone have a suggestion?  Thanks.

Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:01 pm

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Wow leppyhahn, that comment was most impressive! Why don't you go back to your spelling B and leave the sports to real men. You must be gay or something....

90% of gays do not know enough about sports to comment on anything intelligent, save for spelling and grammer matters.  

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