Haley Not Committed To An O.C.

From the Truman Sports Complex

Todd Haley had his end of season session with the media on Tuesday afternoon and the news concerned the Chiefs offensive coordinator position.

Haley said the following about this important position on his staff:

  • He will go through an evaluation process before deciding if he was going to hire/name a coordinator to take the place of Charlie Weis. He would not commit to naming an offensive coordinator for the 2011 season, nor would he commit to calling the offensive plays himself.
  • The decision on a new coordinator or no coordinator will be Haley’s.
  • He did not relieve Weis of his playing calling duties in the second half of the game against Baltimore in the playoffs.
  • It was a coincidence that the bottom dropped out of the team’s offense in the final two games, after the departure of Weis for the University of Florida was announced.

With the end of the 2010 season, the evaluation process began on Monday and Haley indicated it would include looking at all parts of the football operation. That would mean dissecting the offensive coordinator’s position and whether a new person must be hired, whether a coach already on staff should be promoted, or whether the play calling will fall to Haley like the 2009 season.

“What I want to make sure is I do what’s best for our team and gives us the best chance to succeed,” said Haley. “That will come through a very thorough evaluation. There is going to be a very thorough evaluation of the entire system. We had a real good coordinator here in Charlie who has moved on to Florida. Last year, we got it right; we were able to continue to make big progress.

“I just want to get it right.”

Might a new coordinator already be on his coaching staff?

“I will consider anything,” Haley said. “We have to make sure we continue to develop our coaches and have good coaches on our staff. That’s a critical part of being a successful team year in and year out.”

And might he take over the play calling duties, as he did in 2009 after he fired coordinator Chan Gailey?

“I would not discount anything right now,” Haley said.

As to who will make the call on the offensive coordinator, Haley left little doubt where responsibility falls.

“I’ll be responsible for hiring the right person, it will ultimately fall on me to hire the right guy,” said Haley. “As I do with everything I’m going to work like heck to get it right and the thing I’m grateful for is I have a great staff of coaches and I’ve got guys I can lean on and talk to that have been through some of these things. And I got Scott, and we are like minded in things we think are necessary to keep moving forward.

“But ultimately I’ll make the decision of who comes in here, if that’s what we do.”

KCSP-AM reported Monday morning that Haley had relieved Weis of the play calling duties in the second half of the Baltimore game.

“Absolutely not true,” Haley said.

12 Responses to “Haley Not Committed To An O.C.”

  • January 11, 2011  - el cid says:

    Does this remind anyone else of Alexander Haig – “Have no fear, I’m in charge”. Remember?

    I believe him and everything he said. That said, I will continue to worry.

  • January 11, 2011  - bhive01 says:


    They did both have pretty good defenses that were effective at stopping our run. As many have pointed out, it is clear that we need help at the WR position. To have Curtis come in off of the wire and play in a playoff game shows how much faith we have in anyone other than Bowe (and sometimes we’re not so sure about him despite the massive improvement in his game this year).

  • January 11, 2011  - el cid says:

    What is past is past, you learn from but do not dwell on it. You have to look forward. I, for one, do not, NOT want Haley as coordinator or game day play caller. Unfortunately, it falls in line with Pioli’s drafting view, just a little out of line with the rest of the NFL way. That is a bad thing.

  • January 11, 2011  - Rick says:

    Damn, Eeyor, is the glass always half empty with you? Sheesh.

  • January 11, 2011  - Roger says:

    Haley still hasn’t made the decision if he wants to be an offensive coordinator or a head coach. He was hired to be the head coach and we need a good head coach. If he wants to be an offensive coordinator, maybe he needs to look elsewhere.

  • January 11, 2011  - RW says:

    Haley will have lots of time to evaluate ANY changes to be made, more time than he wants thanks to the uncertain nature of the CBA issue.

  • January 11, 2011  - Michael says:

    I think it’s probably better for a head coach to not be burdened with coordinator duties on top of everything else, but I know it can be done well. It’s just harder. The one good thing is Haley now has more experience as HC, and knows what it will take to get both done effectively. I have no idea what “eeyor’s ” comment on Pioli’s drafting has to do with Haley’s discussion points, or what it even means for that matter. The only thing you can get for certain is that it will be negative.

  • January 11, 2011  - Michael says:

    Hey Bob, everyone in the league seems to be signing players to reserve/futures contracts left and right. When will the Chiefs get in on this? Have the signed anyone lately?

  • January 11, 2011  - el cid says:

    Thanks Michael, you imput is always appreciated. Would like to know more about “futures contracts” where did you get the info?

  • January 11, 2011  - Rick says:

    Mainly what Coach Haley is doing, is not telling the media what he intends to do. If I was a betting man I’d bet that when the Chiefs next suit up they have an offensive coordinator.

  • January 11, 2011  - el cid says:

    Michael, found Bears signed two guy to future contract but no explanation how it works, anything else?

  • January 11, 2011  - Edward says:

    Personally I think Haley is going to hire someone to be offensive coordinator. I think he’s going to hire a young up and coming coordinator. But this is the NFL so once this team has some success after 2-3 years he’ll be gone that’s the life of the NFL. As long as we got Haley and Pioli combo though like Pats and Falcons we’ll be fine.

    And another thing sick of Chiefs fans complaining about the schedule this yr. Bottom line in order to be a good team you have to beat good team you can’t go deep into playoffs beating up on Cards, Broncos, Seahawks, Rams, etc. So like the old saying goes “To be the best you have to beat the best.” The way I see it if Chiefs can manage to win 10-11 games next season that team will be good enough to make a run deep into the playoffs. So as a fan I’m excited about the offseason looking forward to the draft, and can’t wait till training camp to see how much better 2011 Chiefs are going to be in comparison to 2010. Chiefs Will

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