Haley Says He Has No Concerns On Job Status

From the Truman Sports Complex

Monday afternoon, Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said he had no concerns about the stability of his job after the disappointing 0-2 start.

“That’s not something that I generally worried about or thought about at whatever level and whatever I’ve been doing,” Haley said. “I was sort of raised that way and believe that way; you focus at the task at hand. You focus on doing the things that you can do to make improvements and do your job to the best of your ability. The NFL is a team results business. Teams will never be judged on individual results and that goes for coaches and players alike.

“I go full speed ahead to be the best that I can be and usually that solves a lot of problems.”

Haley said he feels support from team Chairman Clark Hunt and General Manager Scott Pioli.

“I’ve been excited about the opportunity here and for a reason – because of the leadership in place and the opportunity that gives you and you have a chance to succeed. When you lose it’s tough. When you win, it’s a lot better.

“My focus is on and will continue to be and has been on what can we do to be better? Right now, we’ve done some things that have caused us to lose a couple games. We have two more games in this quarter of the season alone still to play. If we go about doing the things that I know we need to do a lot better from an execution standpoint, we will all be feeling a lot better a week from now than we do right now.”


771 Responses to “Haley Says He Has No Concerns On Job Status”

  • September 19, 2011  - Josh says:

    Haley doesn’t have a clue what to change. He can’t fire Chan again, Weis isn’t there to fight with. At this point, if San Diego didn’t show up to their own field come Sunday, Haley would still find a way to lose, and lose big. If Clark wants to bury this organization in years of losses and mediocrity, he needs to desperately hang on to Haley and keep letting Pioli pick ‘em. True Chiefs fans realize we’ll have another three years of rebuilding after this fiasco resolves, i.e., firing the anemic duo, Haley and Pioli.


  • September 19, 2011  - el cid says:

    Lot of truth Josh, read you post and I visualized SD not showing up and Haley forfeiting the game because he refused to put his team on the field to accept the win without the Chargers being there. I am getting sicker by the loss.

    Not sure what “true” fans think because so many see this two game drop as some kind of proving how well thinks are going. But this true fan thinks, it can be turned around with a lot of coaching and major player adjustment. The byword is “can” not will. Can see Chiefs management blaming the poor preformances on injuries. A half truth but enough for the cattle.


  • September 19, 2011  - el cid says:

    How about that jacket on Haley? Last year he looked like he lived under a bridge, this year identity crisis?


  • September 19, 2011  - Chuck says:

    “Thats not something I generally worried about” quoting Haley. Well we’ll see how he feels when we get to the end of the season and we finish about 3-13. And I’m being generous. So then we will be picking probably in the top 3 with a chance to “perhaps” finding a legitmate FRANCHISE QB” but watch the idiot Pioli trade down with somebody and take a linebacker in the first!!!!! After watching carefully Cassel against the Raiders and Ravens at the tail end of last year and then watching him carefully in the first two games Iam convinced he could NEVER win us a SUPER BOWL.


  • September 19, 2011  - RW says:

    Sounds very much like Haley was giving himself the dreaded vote of confidence speech which usually comes higher and is said just before an ultimate firing. The higher ups speech is next, to follow protocol?


  • September 19, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    I’ll take Haley over Pioli.

    Pioli will get a pass and that stinks. If Haley should be fired for losing with the players he has, Pioli should go for his drafts and player/personnel moves. Pioli hasn’t performed well and he was supposed to be the sure thing. And that brings us to Clark Hunt. Clark Hunt made a poor hire when he interviewed for GM’s and he hasn’t been on site to manage Pioli. Being an out of town owner is two strikes against the organization. This is a dysfunctional triangle and Haley is the least of the problems, IMHO. The first person to be fired should be Pioli. If the next guy doesn’t like Haley and his staff, then they go next.


  • September 19, 2011  - ED J says:

    Bottom line Haley is a good coach. Him, Charlie, and Romeo won 10 games with back up QB last yr. He deserves some credit for helping this team overachieve. Pioli at this point just needs to admit we made mistake in trading 2nd rd pick and giving 60million to back Qb. Bottom line is his ole buddy Bill just pulled a fast one over him. Bottom line Bill did to Raiders when geting Randy Moss for little of nothing too. Lets just allow Cassel play couple more games lose more games then by WEek 8 lets see what we have in Stanzi.

    To be honest we snuck up on everyone last yr with how explosive our run game was. Defense played preety good. But run game set the tone once Raiders figured out they could load the box force Cassel to beat us cat was out the bag on how to stop Chiefs offense and its been downhill ever since. So changing head coach or Gm would be foolish at this point. Both has made some mistakes but I think the fair think for Pioli to do now is right your wrongs by either telling Haley to play Stanzi at mid season to see what he can do or drafting a QB in 1st round this yr.

    Cassel has great leadership and work ethic but just doesn’t have talent and skill to be a starting Qb. He’s excellent backup. A guy that can come off the bench help hold a lead or not blow one. Difference in a starting Qb is he can win you games. He can have 4th quarter come backs. He can have high 3rd completion percentage. He can complete 60plus percent of his passes. These are things Cassel didn’t do well even in his pro bowl season. We’ve gotten all we can get out of him its just not good enough to compete with the young studs like Stafford, Freeman, Matt Ryan, Flacoo, etc or the savy vets like Rivers, Breeze, Peyton Manning,Brady, Rodgers or Big Ben.

    Pioli balls in your court to give this guy a real QB. Then we can fairly judge Haley as head coach. He’s not even open up offense like he did in AZ because of the QB situation. Which shows you lack of confidence he as in QB situation.


  • September 19, 2011  - Niblick says:

    Only 30MM of that 60MM for Cassell was quaranteed.
    If we are fortunate enough to obtain Luck in the draft, Pioli may decide to just release him. There wouldn’t be a lot of dead money if Pioli decided to go that route. I just don’t think there is a franchise QB that’s not already playing. We will have to draft one.


  • September 19, 2011  - ED J says:

    Agreed Niblick. Kiper was high on Stanzi. I remember doing the draft him saying he thought he was best QB in the draft. I’ve seen how well Cam Newton has been playing and even Andy Dalton looks good. So I’m interested in seeing him get on field just to see if we have the guy in house. Remember most people slept on Flacco and Kiper was very high on him. So lets hope if by mid season if we’re 3-6 or 2-7 we put him on the field and see if he can get it done or at very least provide spark for passing game.


  • September 19, 2011  - el cid says:

    If Stanzi plays, Cassel or Palko are IRed or the Chiefs are tanking the rest of the year. I think that is bad either way. I do see Pioli supporting either. Bottom line is money and how to get more for the owners, Stanzi will not do that unless…..he is a Brady type, I just do not know.

    As for Haley being a “good coach”. How do you figure? OC with superbowl but did not do it alone and HC was offensive side trained. With the Chiefs, told Waters he could win witn 22 guys off the street, sound HC like to you? Get credit for a 10 win season but one season does not get you in the HOF, at least not yet.


  • September 19, 2011  - el cid says:

    sorry “I do NOT see Pioli supporting either”


  • September 19, 2011  - ED J says:

    Dude you’re bringing up rumors to bash Haley that’s not fair. Second never said Haley was HOF coach but he does deserve opportunity to be head coach of a team with QB who can move the ball get 1st downs, convert 3rd downs, and put points on the board.


  • September 19, 2011  - el cid says:

    What rumors? I have not even heard any about the Chiefs that I know of.

    As for the QB thing, could not anyone who had that be the HC if he had a QB who was that effective. Sort of like the Colts, Manning took care of everything for years but the Colts are not so much without him. Got an extra Manning in your pocket?


  • September 19, 2011  - Niblick says:

    I was not saying they should release Cassell this year and play Sranzi. i was saying if they were to draft Luck, Pioli has that an option. I want to play Cassell this year, and only play Stanzi or Palko if Cassell is injured or stinks so terrible they have to make a change. I think Cassell still gives us the best chance of being somewhat competiive this year.


  • September 19, 2011  - ED J says:

    Stop being sarcastic. No there isn’t another Manning be we could get a Stafford or Josh Freeman or Joe Flacco. Fine you build your perfect roster that will never come to past. If you want to win in this league you need an good to elite QB. Trust me when I tell you every team even good ones has wholes.

    Let me school you. Pats terrible on defense secondary gives up alot points. But they have Brady. Chargers run game is suspect so is their pass rush and secondary they have Rivers. Saints defense is sketchy but they have Drew Breeze. Falcons pass rush is suspect but they have Matt Ryan. Bucs have no depth at receiver and are very inexperienced on defense. But they have Josh Freeman. The point is if you got Franchise QB you don’t need the perfect roster to win he makes up for that. Do they have to be Peyton Manning no, but if you got a good to elite QB you can make up for defiancies of the rest of the team. So thats point I’m trying to make.

    But you keep trying build team with no franchise QB and you’re going get the 2011 KC Chiefs.


  • September 19, 2011  - Rooney would do it says:

    Pioli needs to admit his mistake and cut Cassel ASAP. Maybe trade him if someone wants a backup with starting experience. He’s not cut out being a starter. Something is missing between the ears and even Charlie Weis couldn’t permanently fix it. Matt can’t read the defense or go through his progressions. He has proved to be physically tough without a doubt battling through injuries. He is not mentally tough. He is almost 30 now, not a young player that needs more time. His team needs him now and he cannot deliver.

    They need to get Stanzi plenty of playing time to see if he has a chance to be a future starter or is more of a #2 qb. Cassel is bringing this team down with his play. It’s not his fault he is just not that good. That’s why Pete Carroll never played him at USC. It shouldn’t cost Haley his job because Pioli won’t admit to hunt he made a mistake on evaluating Matt. Pioli and Haley could still make a good GM/HC team for the Chiefs if they would start over at QB. Not this offseason but NOW. Open your eyes Clark, it’s not that hard to see.


  • September 19, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    This has turned into a grief clinic for angry, fed up fans. It is a mess so far with shared blame to go around and I’m sure the fact we’ve had some really unfortunate injuries to some of our brightest young stars has nothing to do with it. I guess we’ll see how it turns out but I also guess things would be sunnier if the team and organization had a few of the dominant posters to this site as owners, GM’s and coaches to make the decisions instead of the people who’ve spent their careers doing it. Everybody who is a fan is frustrated but it would seem a good time for some of the more frustrated to develop a more well rounded life. This ship may have sailed for the season and may not come back with the sunshine for a while. P.S. boys, just because people don’t agree with what you have to say and don’t post arguing with you doesn’t mean they aren’t “true” fans.


  • September 19, 2011  - txchief says:

    I don’t think that you can blame a teams’ lack of preparation and lack of a proper game plan on the GM. Everyone wants to blame the owner and the GM for not “spending enough money.” Well who exactly do all of you NFL talent evaluators believe the Chiefs should have spent big bucks on? Even last season, no one in their right mind thought Cassel was a franchise QB, but who else was available, and who was available this offseason…McNabb?…Orton?…Kolb? McNabb is well past his prime and his career is over. Orton probably isn’t much of an upgrade, and Kolb would have been a very expensive unproven commodity. Please name the impact defensive line players that would have fit the 3-4 system that the Chiefs are (foolishly) trying to run. Same for all of those impact offensive linemen that the team needs. Please name exactly who should have been signed, please! As well, does anyone remember how many draft picks were wasted signing unproductive old free agents when Vermeil was here, and that the team gave up a third round pick for Herm Edwards?!?!!

    I feel the pain as much as any Chiefs fan out there, but it is easy to criticize when you have not thought the situation through. God rest his soul, but Lamar is partially to blame for the situation when he kept Peterson around too long and stuck with players that should have been released. Lamar was an old school gentleman sportsman, and he thought that if he treated others well, they would look out for his interests and his team would be rewarded on the field. Unfortunately, those times are gone.

    Spending money stupidly just to “sign someone” is every bit as destructive as any drafting errors, and maybe worse, tying up large amounts of cash in guaranteed contracts for players who may have been allowed to become free agents by their previous team for good reason. Great NFL teams are built through the draft and developing your own players, not breaking the bank for a player that another team will let go because they think his monetary demands are more than what he produces on the field and in the locker room. Remember Jared Allen? A great talent, but he wanted huge money and he is still one Saturday night eff-up from a felony DUI conviction.


  • September 19, 2011  - Kenny Low says:

    Well said Johnfromfairfax!

    Go Chiefs! I’d love to see Haley and Co. turn this around.


  • September 20, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Ed J- can you bring anything else to the discussion other than you blame Cassel for EVERYTHING? Because while you are “schooling” all of us, ALL GOT IS you don’t like Cassel.
    Maybe you’re one of those fans who can only focus on the ball. But this team has many areas of weakness. Weigmann is getting b*tchslapped, Richardson is a quality back up only. Flowers is getting lit up regularly. The safeties are embarrassing. Again I could go on and on. I agree with Bob’s earlier assessment. Pioli, Haley and this young team seems to think they “arrived” when we won the West after beating the Titans last year. We haven’t played well since.

    I will help you out with Stanzi. I live in Iowa. He is a weak armed flake. He had every opportunity to beat out Palko and couldn’t. That should say it all.
    Ed J, I challenge you to bring something else to the discussion, just one other thing. IF YOU CAN ;-)


  • September 20, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    BTW, I love Trent Green. Even his first year when many were calling him Trint (I bet you were one of them Ed). He was playing on a still recovering knee and a sprained ankle all year. Still as much I love Trent and enjoyed all those TD’s from my seats at Arrowhead…we didn’t win a single playoff game in his years. Why??? Because we had no defense.


  • September 20, 2011  - Evo says:

    On Defense we are just soft to the run. Still the next 3 drives Detroit had were punts, they just gave up once they knew the offense wasn’t there again. If we had a quality QB our D would be fine. They’re a defense that would work well with a lead. We just need a quality QB to build around and make up for our lack of talent. Watch Superbowl winning teams years, they’ll lose a lot of key players but the QB will elevate the others with His play.

    The ball is in Pioli and Hunt’s court. Lose money this year to get the number 1 pick and draft Luck, making back the money they lost over the next 10 years success or try to win now and deal with what gets dealt. It may cost a head coach his job, but I would go with option one.


  • September 20, 2011  - el cid says:

    txchief – read your comments. I may be nuts but you are just plain weak. Do you mean that because the posters here are not billionaire owners and have a complete staff of scouts and staff, we should be able to NAME players the team should have invested on??

    I would suggest that if Pioli had spent some of the banked money, the Chiefs might have had a better player backing up those that got injuried. Sorry tx, no names but Mcgraw, sabby, jones, and McCluster are not my idea of quality backups. Those names I am pretty sure of.

    Bottom line is, like any huge business, you follow the money. The Chiefs were built for what is happening. Has little to do with Haley or Cassel but whatever. Afraid we will have to survive this year and see what comes next.


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