The Reason Haley Fired – Lack of Consistency

From the Truman Sports Complex

Throughout their 20-minute meeting with the Kansas City media, team chairman Clark Hunt and GM Scott Pioli said there wasn’t one particular thing that led to the firing of head coach Todd Haley.

But the more they talked about the situation, the more apparent it became that there was a straw that broke the camel’s back as far as Haley’s future was concerned. It was losing 37-10 to the New York Jets in what was an embarrassing performance that saw the Chiefs offense gain just four yards in the first half. Then in the second half a frustrated Haley lost his cool and got slapped with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

“Clark and I talked last night and then we officially decided this morning,” said Pioli. “Clark and I visited with Todd this (Monday) morning and let him know what our decision was.

“I don’t think there’s a final straw in every decision. It’s never one thing; it’s an accumulation of information and thoughts and we finally got down to where things were and this was the best way to create more consistency for us.”

Said Hunt: “We felt the inconsistent play that the team had experienced through the season including during yesterday’s game made today the right day to do it. We want to give the guys a chance to finish the season on a high note. Mathematically we are still alive in the playoffs and we wanted the guys to go out and face the Green Bay Packers and play to the best of their ability and felt that change was important at this time.”

After Hunt and Pioli told Haley he was fired, they met with his coaching staff and then asked Romeo Crennel to take over as the head coach. When announcing that move, Pioli did not use the term “interim” and said that Crennel would certainly be one of the candidates considered for the job in 2012.

“Romeo has been a head coach in the National Football League,” Pioli said. “He is very similar to Todd. He is extremely passionate about football, passionate about this football team, passionate about these players and he was very focused on winning. Romeo has a lot of those qualities.

“I think it’s safe to say that he’s one of the people we will be looking at going forward.”

While Haley is now gone, the man that hired him remains on the scene and will select the new head coach.

“I don’t perceive Todd Haley as a mistake,” Pioli said. “He’s a good football coach. There is accountability on my part as well. I made the decision on hiring the head coach. It didn’t work out. I will be held accountable for it.”

Pioli also admitted that he needs to do a better job of acquiring talent for the head coach to work with. When injuries took four key starters away from the team for most of the year, there were not talented backup players available to fill the void.

“I think we have a locker room that has talent, I think we also have a good makeup in character in that locker room,” Pioli said. “That being said, it’s abundantly clear that ultimately that’s my job and we clearly are not at a spot where we need to be with our record the way it is. Clearly I need to do my job better as well. We need to continue to improve this roster and improve the depth on this football team.”

19 Responses to “The Reason Haley Fired – Lack of Consistency”

  • December 12, 2011  - SGL says:

    Ha! Pioli is the real joke here. Yes, you are accountable Scott, but you are given a free pass. “I need to do my job better,” he says. Seriously? What is Hunt thinking???

  • December 12, 2011  - aPauled says:

    On Jan. 2, 2012 this may have been valid reasoning coupled with Haley’s bonehead moves at OC and the 2011 preseason. On Dec. 12…how hypocritical of Pioli to fire a Coach playing with a short hand…largely the result of…Scott Pioli’s work.

  • December 12, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    For those of you who read “War Room”: Pens.

    That’s all I have to say about Scott Pioli.

    Bob, great job in the press conference today. Fantastic questions.

  • December 12, 2011  - chewbone says:

    Three people asked darn good question…..Bob, Adam and that lady. The three of you tried your best to get these guys to better explain their reasons, but honestly they couldn’t do it and finally Scott had to hang his hat on the “injured players” example. The whole press conferent was a bit of a head scratcher…haley was a good coach, not a mistake, hard worker, leader, players still followed him, dedicated, romeo has many of the same traits…basically when you got done listening you would have thought they were hiring him and not firing him!!

  • December 12, 2011  - Chuck says:

    Everyone is yapping about Ferentz. Please look up his record at Iowa, I did. He’s good but not great. How many national titles does he have???????????

  • December 12, 2011  - txchief says:

    I still don’t understand all of the hatred of Pioli and Hunt on this site. I know Mr. Gretz has an issue with the current management of the team, but that has nothing to do with football decisions.

    No one seems to remember all of the squandered draft picks and foolish free agent signings when under the previous management. Bless his soul, but I fear that Lamar began to view the Chiefs as more of an extended familly or social club than a business. For years, there seemed to be little accountability for many in the organization.

    My impression is that Clark Hunt intends to run the KC Chiefs as the large business that it is. He appears to want profesional management and will hold others accountable for their actions. In the end, such a system should yield success for the team and satisfaction for his customers, the Chief’s fans.

    I’m expecting that Hunt and Pioli will bring in a proven coaching staff and will be active in the off season, paying for key free agents that fill critical needs. However, I think everyone would agree that building through the draft is the best way to build a team for long term success.

    I must admit that paying my season ticket bill that arrivred last week is not very appealing right now, but I’ve literally been waiting a lifetime for a Chiefs Superbowl, and I’m quite ready to give up.

  • December 12, 2011  - ED J says:

    hang in there txchief. Bottom line Pioli and Hunt know the bullseye is on them. So they will step their game up to get it right this time. My thing is Ferentz would be good hire much like Harbaugh was for 49ers. Its not like Harbaugh set world on fire in Stanford but Stanford like Iowa doesn’t have alot of talented football players like some other schools in the south. Iowa lil better than Stanford. Either way my thing is get it right. Whoever they hire get it right this time.

  • December 12, 2011  - Johnfromwichita says:

    If you really beleive that this management is going to “get it right this time” you simply do not understand the Hunt family’s business code. What you just saw was a slight of hands trick. Injuries, not enough talent and no backups; blame it on the coach. Too bad Haley can’t buy the team and get rid of Hunt and Pioli; they are the “lack of consistency”

  • December 12, 2011  - txchief says:

    So just what is this “Hunt family business code?” Does Johnfromwichita really believe that Clark Hunt thinks he is better off financially being under the cap with a losing team, blacked out games, empty seats and poor merchandise sales? I don’t believe Clark is an idiot and he fully understands that winning teams and every seat with a butt in it is best for him and the franchise.

  • December 12, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Well Edj now we know why the crush on Stanshe, you’re a freaking talkeye.
    Freerentz is an amoral piece of Sh*t.
    #1- his son Brian was on scholarship with a father making $over $2.5 mil at the time lied on his application so he could live in federally subsidized housing meant for single mothers.
    #2- He and his AD tried to intimidate a rape victim from pressing charges on 2 of his players.
    #3- 13 of his players were hospitalized with Rhobdo and kidney failure from inappropriate workouts. He was so concerned he was out recruiting and wouldn’t come back to visit his injured/sick players.
    #4- Freerentz is the highest paid employee in the state because his agent uses NFL openings for pay raises. He is 7-5 the last 2 years in the pathetically weak big 10. He and Stanshe had a senior dominated team that was a co-favorite for the big 10 finish 5th last year.
    If Freerentz is hired I will drop my season tickets after 34 years.

  • December 12, 2011  - Michael says:

    Why don’t the Chiefs spend more on players?Possibilities are endless…Clark Hunt knows he can stay that far under the cap and still make a great deal of money? He wants to look brilliantly frugal-look at me, we can still win but not spend much money. Or, he just doesn’t know what the hell he is doing? IMO, most likely the last one, with a bit of the first two thrown in.

  • December 12, 2011  - Todd says:

    All day long I was just mad. Before reading any of your comments or these articles, I kept thinking “How is the losing record Haley’s fault? Four starters (key players) out for the season. A strike during the summer. Pioli not stacking the deck on the roster.” I’ve read all the comments now.. and I still am asking myself the same questions. None of this is Haley’s fault and it is unfair to him that he was fired. Now we have to start over yet again. I am not happy.

    Come on Hunt.. cheer me up. Hire someone amazing like Gruden or Cower and lets get back to good football.

  • December 12, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:


    There’s a difference between hatred and anger born of frustration derived from many years of bad management and decision making. I go way back with the Chiefs and many on this site can attest that I have serious loyalty to the team (as do many here). But anybody watching from outside can see that we are in disarray. Granted, Haley shares some of the blame but the million dollar question is what caused the mess we’re in. It’s obviously a shared responsibility and it’s apparent that Haley was fired to place the blame on him and to shift responsibility from Hunt and Pioli. I hope we can build a dynasty and we can say that Pioli had a rough start but went on to be great and that Clark Hunt didn’t earn the reputation of being a penny pinching, cheap spending, worker unfriendly owner who valued profit over building a true winner recognized by all as a model organization. All of the reported criticisms aside there is a difference between wanting to build a team in the fashion of the Steelers or Patriots and actually doing it. I’ve never heard stories like what’s been occurring in KC since Hunt and Pioli took over about either of those teams. The owners of both having sterling reputations for treating employees decently and doing things in an honorable way. I hope we will be able to say the same about the Chiefs sometime but this isn’t a bright and shiny moment in franchise history.

  • December 12, 2011  - Marc says:

    The Chiefs fired the wrong personnel today. Out with Pioli. I liked and admired Coach Haley.

  • December 12, 2011  - Tim says:

    When will Pioli & Haley figure out there is only one Bill Parcells? Bet Haley figures it out before Pioli.

  • December 12, 2011  - James B says:

    maybe Bill Cowher, hell I’d take Marty back, wouldn’t that be great Marty comes back takes Chiefs to SB and wins, now that would be cool

  • December 13, 2011  - Duke says:

    Re: Marty returning, I couldn’t agree with you more, James B. How does making the playoffs 7 out of 8 seasons, as KC did from 1990 – 1997 (we were a missed Morten Anderson extra point in the last game of the ’96 season for the Falcons from making it to the playoffs 8 straight years) sound to current day Chiefs fans, as opposed to the crap we’ve been subjected to more often than not since his departure after the 1998 season? Incredible as it sounds now, a faction of supposed Chiefs “fans” complained bitterly about Marty’s approach during that era. I imagine the biggest issue to him returning to the Chiefs or any NFL team now whould be his age, mid 60′s, though there have been a few mid 60′s or older (Levy, Halas, Vermeil) successful NFL Head Coaches. I have no doubt that Marty would turn this thing around. Oh and Marty also accomplished something that no Chiefs coach since has, he actually WON playoff games, 1 in 1991, and 2 in 1993. If he’s an option, sign him up…..

  • December 13, 2011  - bhive01 says:

    I’m all for Marty Ball again. Bowe, Breaston, and Baldwin might not appreciate a very conservative, “Run Always” philosophy that I remember from Marty Ball. For starters, we’d have to rebuild our O-line and make it competent, younger, and deep.

    In fact, rebuilding the O-line and getting a franchise QB are the priorities that I see.

    RE: Haley, I think the guy took the fall for Pioli not giving him depth to compensate for the injuries that came and Hunt for being cheap. Haley did have his issues, but he really helped unlock a couple of players (Bowe, DJ) that are just amazing now. Sadly, a few amazing players does not make a team.

  • December 13, 2011  - ED J says:

    marty’s not coming back. Best thing for us to do is pair a very good head coach that gets along better with Pioli and finding a franchise Qb. If we do the latter doesn’t matter who head coach is.

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