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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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Comments

Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

ROB RYAN HAS DONE A GOOD JOB WITH DALLAS' DEFENSE????? WHAT DALLAS DEFENSE ARE YOU WATCHING?



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

I don't think Ferentz or Cowher are going to happen (Cowher wants things they won't want to give him, and Ferentz probably won't go anywhere).  I don't think the Chiefs will want Ryan (he doesn't seem like the Pioli type) or McDaniels (he's been an unmitigated disaster with everything he's touched since leaving the Patriots).

Fisher would be a good fit, if he's interested.  Hard to say on Crennel or Mangini.  Lots of eventually-successful head coaches don't cut it their first time around, so it's not out of the question. 



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

My top 2 choices would be Cowher and Ferentz. Cowher would want some say and Mr I always make the right decesion would not allow that. As a rule going for retreads does not work out. Miami coach proved you cannit treat millionairs like they are in boot camp. To be obnoxious, sascastic, and my way or the hiway type folks like Haley , does not work either. Just because you can coach Warner to Fitzgerald does not mean you have a god football mind. I hope   Clark Hunt keeps his boy Pioli on a short lease.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

My top 2 choices would be Cowher and Ferentz. Cowher would want some say and Mr I always make the right decesion would not allow that. As a rule going for retreads does not work out. Miami coach proved you cannit treat millionairs like they are in boot camp. To be obnoxious, sascastic, and my way or the hiway type folks like Haley , does not work either. Just because you can coach Warner to Fitzgerald does not mean you have a god football mind. I hope   Clark Hunt keeps his boy Pioli on a short lease.



Since: Jul 25, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Two words Bill Cowher. He can talk all he wants about not wanting to coach next season, but coaches want to coach. We all know he's just waiting  for the right spot to open up.



Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:35 pm
 

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

My choice for the new head coach has never coached a game in his life, but I think if given a chance, and he wanted to do it, would be an absolutely awesome coach. Hint#1 - just ended his stint as minority owner of an NFL team last week.. Hint#2 - Six time Pro Bowler and 5 time NFL All-Pro (3 times 1st team) Hint#3 - former winner of Byron White Humanitarian Award for his work with many charities and one of the most respected players of his generation. Hint#4 - And the cherry on top is he might be the greatest Kansas City Chief in their history, all things considered.  I'm sure Chiefs fans know who i'm talking about immediately, but I included a hint in this post for others. He would need experienced off/def coordinators, but his knowledge of the game, leadership abilities, and character are off the charts. 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.



Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Jeff Fisher all the way




Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Norv Turner will be in KC next year.



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

Charlie Weiss?

What's he gonna do?

Pull a reverse-Petrino?





Since: Oct 22, 2009
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Who will replace Todd Haley in Kansas City?

i agree


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