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.