Chiefs Fire Haley

For the eighth time in franchise history the Kansas City Chiefs have fired their head coach.

This time it was Todd Haley, fired on Monday morning after 46 games on the job. Since taking over in February 2009, Haley directed the Chiefs to a 19-27 record, including Sunday’s 37-10 pasting by the New York Jets.

Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel has been named interim head coach to serve out the final three games of the season.

“This was a difficult decision but one that we feel is best for the future of the Chiefs,” team chairman Clark Hunt said in statement released by the team. “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.”

GM Scott Pioli had something to say as well.

“Todd helped this team in many valuable ways over the past three seasons, and I am thankful for his contributions,” 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.”

Hunt and Pioli will supposedly meet the media sometime Monday afternoon. We’ve just stepped off the plane from New York, so bear with us as we catch up to the decision making and what really went down.

54 Responses to “Chiefs Fire Haley”

  • December 12, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Let the rebuild begin… again and again and again… Quick, somebody get those pens!

  • December 12, 2011  - Justin says:

    I just can’t belive they fired him during the season. We are going backward.

  • December 12, 2011  - bhive01 says:

    I’d rather have seen Pioli go, but if we get someone with experience or an offensive wonder then I’d be happy when/if we start winning.

  • December 12, 2011  - Michael says:

    The Chiefs have become just like school in the summer; NO CLASS!

    Seriously, with three games left. What does this prove other than Clark/Pioli trying to show off their big boy paints. I wonder it they had security put his stuff in a box and escort him to his car as well. This organization has become a joke, even worse than the one above.

  • December 12, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    I hope Todd Haley finds a better NFL franchise. What I read and hear about the Chiefs organization is dispiriting, to say the least.

    As a life-long Chiefs fan, I’m down to simply hoping they bring in a franchise quarterback by draft or trade. I want to root for the team but Hunt and Pioli have made that difficult.

    Pioli actually thought Matt Cassel was a great quarterback in the making. After watching Tom Brady and seeing first hand what a great quarterback can do, he bet the future on Matt Cassel.

    There is one directive for every NFL franchise IMHO: Sell your soul to get a top 5 QB. If you miss on a QB, you may be fired. If you hit, your job is secure until he retires.

    Scott Pioli does not appear to be good enough to draft a great team around a middle of the road quarterback. The next head coach might want to keep that in mind.

    Beyond that, Bob’s articles on the Chiefs front office and the way they (mis)treat long-time employees should factor into anyone’s decision to join this franchise.

  • December 12, 2011  - Rowan says:

    They probably could have won with Herm and Chan, but they pulled the plug. They would have won next year with these coaches. But how do you win on a merry-go-round? I am no football expert, but revolving doors don’t work in other settings. And I was quite impressed with the way Haley deals head on with things. He seems to be a person of both skill and integrity. Any more the latter seems to be in increasingly short supply in the “sporting” world. K-State football being a notable exception.

  • December 12, 2011  - Tim says:

    I’m not sure about this move. I like Haley. I believe he’s a good coach. He’s proven he can get the best out of players. What could very well have been his downfall is his inability to “work well with others”. This has been an issue from day one. It has lead to a lack of offensive continuity & development. I’ve posted many times he should realize what he is & take over the offense himself as some other head coaches do. He has failed to do that & it has lead to great inconsistencies even last year when we went to the playoffs. Another area he may have failed at is keeping people around that clearly shouldn’t be there…pets, locker room guys or however you want to refer to them. Chemistry is a long shot to win over talent. You can create chemistry with talent but you can’t create talent with chemistry. Haley will learn from this. I believe he will get another opportunity at some point-and should. He will not be unemployed for long. Somebody will snap him up as an OC. I don’t like that this was done before the end of the year, but do understand. It keeps us in the most advantageous position for coaches we may want to consider & the maximum amount of time to evaluate which way we want to go. My off the cuff thoughts on candidates would be (with no thoughts on good or bad): Jon Gruden, Josh McDaniel, Kirk Ferentz. I believe we need an offensive minded coach. That’s where most of the deficiencies are & decisions that need to be made.

  • December 12, 2011  - Blake says:

    Sorry Rowan, but I don’t think KC could have won with Herm, he was a terrible coach!

  • December 12, 2011  - RW says:

    One important thing this firing did was create renewed interest in the team for disenfranchised fans like myself. Now, for a new GM and owner? Wishful thinking, I know, so for now I’ll settle for a new head coach.

    Some other things it did in no certain order:

    –Gives Romeo a shot at the job based on how the team finishes over the final 3 games and I like his chances both for getting a better result & because of his NE pedigree with Pioli in the front office.

    –Keeps the paying customers on the Kool-Aid awhile longer while the shallow thinkers in the front office figure out another ploy to sell tickets.

    –Puts the players on notice that no job is safe which is the way it should have been all along.

    On another topic, I agree with Tenand6 completely on the QB issue. The new head man has to stand on the table and demand a move-up in the draft to grab one of the 3 top guys in April 2012! A dramatic one like what Atlanta did last year to get Julio Jones. The Chiefs will probably be picking around 10-12 but the top guys will go earlier than that, I would think.

  • December 12, 2011  - Jesse says:

    Tim, we want no part of Josh McDaniel as a head coach. He made horrible personnel decisions in Denver. OC fine, HC no way…

  • December 12, 2011  - el cid says:

    Soren Petro on the radio, a knowledgeable media type, is betting Crennel or McDaniels will be the new HC. Hope he is wrong but cannot see how the Chiefs sell tickets next year with either guy.

  • December 12, 2011  - bhive01 says:

    I say keep Crennel as DC, McD can be OC and HC can be… someone neutral… Dungy?

  • December 12, 2011  - napahank says:

    This is the biggest mistake the Chiefs have made in a long time, and I am not personally a Haley fan.

    When you lose players you BUILT your team AROUND in Charles, Berry and Moeaki and then your only decent QB in Cassell to SEASON ending (non-conditioning related)injuries and Pioli and Hunt wouldn’t spend money in off season for reliable backups or depth then this decision is nothing short of foolish.

    You make coaching changes when your coach can’t produce results with the team HE builds. The Chiefs are about one year away from finishing building their team (few starters) and securing depth to cover injuries.

    When you add back your four play making injured starters and throw in a few upgrades (and some depth) you have a contending team in 2012. (Will Bowe re-sign now?)The lack of coaching continuity will set us back. If starters return next year and you still don’t produce/improve then by all means fire Haley..but not now under these circumstances.

    Finally, Haley’s unique “strength” was understanding the importance of off-season conditioning. In 2010 and 2011 the Chiefs had one of the fewest “conditioning related” injuries of players. ACL, MCL and broken hands are not a product of conditioning, they are impact injuries. This was our only “advantage” over other teams. This may disappear in 2012. BAD move Pioli/Hunt.

  • December 12, 2011  - Craig says:

    Well 30 mill undercap doesnt help your chances. Who would come here given the owners lack of commitment to pay for players? Im hopin for Bill Cowers, but long shot. As I mentioned in another post, the Chiefs passed on McLarky in Green Bay. Go Chiefs!!

  • December 12, 2011  - txchief says:

    I don’t understand all the vitriol aimed at Scott Pioli and Clark Hunt. I don’t think they have had enough time to build a roster. Yeah, the Chiefs are under the cap, but so are alot of teams with better records than KC. In terms of “bringing in free agents” before this season, I’m not sure who everyone thinks the Chiefs would have or could have gotten to address the their needs. The important injuries that occurred early in the season could not be forseen by anyone.

    On the other hand, Haley comes off as an unstable, micromanaging megalomaniac. He proved himself that he could not prepare a team for game day or work with assistants.

    I hope the ownership and management have the foresight to bring in a top flight head coach and OC. There is alot of young talent on the team, and if the Chiefs can get healthier, add a consistent QB and some pieces along both lines, I believe the record could improve vastly and quickly.

  • December 12, 2011  - TDKC says:

    Don’t know how to feel about this. Haley did not provide consistancy for his offense. For what ever reason he changed OC too many times. Maybe his biggest mistake was not making a quicker decision on Chan Gailey. Getting rid of him late in the preseason was weird and things were never right after that. They played catch up until Weiss arrived. He only lasted one season and they quickly became inconsistant again.

  • December 12, 2011  - el cid says:

    txchief I know you are better informed than you post. The Chiefs have been the lowest salary paid team in the NFL for the last 3 years, a fact not a debate. I will say for the 20th time, we waited 3 years to get another WR to help Bowe, there is no depth at any position, Palko is good enough to cover for Cassel?, That is what happens when you do not bring in many free agents.

    As for injuries, the OL is the same that started the year, all the injured will not fix this.

    I agree about Haley but do not know him. As for the new coach – Pioli did not understand the question today about the need for a “name” HC. I expect Crennel or McDaniels, two guys just glad to be there and let Pioli run things off the field.

  • December 12, 2011  - Tim says:

    If Crennel gets it, we’ll not progress much. Another name that’s out there is Jeff Fisher.

  • December 12, 2011  - Niblick says:

    I don’t think he will hire McDaniels. I know Belichek was not enamored with him and I assume Pioli wasn’t either. It was just assumed Pioli wanted him because he traded for at DEnver. Cassell and he was his OC. He was horrible with personnel in Denver and has not been a good OC with the Rams.Pioli said Crennel wil be considered. I still think Jeff Fisher is a possibility if we get a head start on Jacksonville and Miami. I just hear Peterson has been hired in some capacity at Miami.

  • December 12, 2011  - Niblick says:

    I also assume Peterson might be interesed in hiring Fisher as well. This will be an interesting story to follow, if indeed the Chiefs and Miami are both interested. Peterson also has a connection with Cowher from his days with Marty.

  • December 12, 2011  - Kenny says:

    It’s interesting that Clark and Scott spent quite some time discussing their strategy toward brining in the right coach to build a team for the future, and 3 years in have parted ways with their first major hire.

    I wonder what lessons they have learned from their hiring of Haley and what changes they will make in their approach when searching for and hiring a new head coach. If their answer is nothing, I’d be pretty concerned. You can’t have such an abismal

  • December 12, 2011  - Kenny says:

    Continued…Abysmal failure and not tweak your approach..

  • December 12, 2011  - aPauled says:

    Classless move with 3 games remaining. What coach in his right mind would want to get hooked up with Pioli and Hunt the Jr after this move?

    I would like to see Brian Schottenheimer get a look see as HC of the Chiefs…then again…I don’t want to see his career destroyed by these 2 knuckleheads.

  • December 12, 2011  - Michael says:

    Saw this coming over the last few days, just had the feeling.

    Ridiculous, classless move with 3 games left. Hunt/Pioli are jokes, and are quickly ruining one of the last, good things Lamar left his Chiefs-the integrity of the team. Haley wasn’t perfect, but he grew and changed in his time with the team, and I think would have built a consistent winner with a little more time and/or help ($$$$$)from Hunt/Pioli. Those two are the ones who should be getting fired. I could provide a list of at least 30 players as both starters and for depth the Chiefs could have brought in but didn’t. And lets not forget the players let go over the past couple of years who are now either starters or contributing reserves elsewhere. The Chiefs need more help in the personnel department than they need a new head coach.

    Fisher, Cowher, Billick, Shottenheimer, Gruden, Crennel, maybe someone like Al Saunders, who was almost the Chiefs head coach after Vermeil…lots of names out there, but won’t make a bit of difference unless Hunt starts spending some money, and Pioli figures out personnel or gets some help with it.

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