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Chiefs demote wide receivers coach

The Chiefs have fired demoted wide receivers coach Dedric Ward.

The move comes six weeks after Kansas City handed offensive coordinator Chan Gailey a pink slip.  
Ward’s replacement will be Richie Anderson, a former running back for the Jets.  Ward remains on staff, but in what capacity is unclear.  
Head coach Todd Haley refused to comment on the maneuver Wednesday, but had expressed discontent with the Chiefs’ wideouts throughout training camp.  No. 1 receiver Dwayne Bowe was even benched at one point.
Haley, a former receivers coach himself, has played musical chairs at the position into the season.  Mark Bradley and Bobby Wade, who signed off the street on the Monday after Week One, have been shuttled in and out of the starting lineup.  According to the Chiefs’ website depth chart, Bobby Engram is a third-stringer.
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25 Responses to “Chiefs demote wide receivers coach”
  1. BillsFan27 says: Oct 15, 2009 7:09 PM

    Limbaugh is still looking for a football gig – and it’s even in Missouri. Perfect.

  2. Citizen Strange says: Oct 15, 2009 7:14 PM

    The head coach is the one who should get canned. Haley is in WAY over his head.

  3. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Oct 15, 2009 7:35 PM

    Demoted from wide receivers coach? What’s lower than wide receivers coach, waterboy? Gatorade supply technician? Loogie sweeper?

  4. 2000TJ says: Oct 15, 2009 7:35 PM

    Good luck with that move. Like putting a tiny bandaid on a gaping wound. Making a small tweak on the wideouts is not going to make this team win.

  5. Shademan says: Oct 15, 2009 7:35 PM

    Agreed. Haley is in WAY over his head.

  6. Brewster says: Oct 15, 2009 7:38 PM

    Todd Haley is fast becoming Scott Pioli’s “first big mistake”.
    So far he’s fired the Offensive Coordinator and taken on the play calling responsibility himself. That’s working out just fine so far, they’re 30th out of 32 teams. Ya think Chan Gailey would have done worse? I guess it’s possible.
    Now he’s demoted the Receivers Coach because he’s not satisfied with the Receivers performance.
    I have a suggestion for Mr. Haley. If you’d like to see better performance from your WR’s try throwing the ball a little more often to the best WR on the team, Dwayne Bowe, and a little less to the journeyman Bobby Wade.

  7. SlaveToBankers says: Oct 15, 2009 7:39 PM

    I heard that if this doesn’t work, next week they may try sacrificing a goat.

  8. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Oct 15, 2009 7:48 PM

    Tell Coach Anderson that the hookers tend to loiter in Independence, just a stone’s throw away from Arrowhead Stadium. How convenient!

  9. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 15, 2009 8:28 PM

    “Adam-Chris Scheftersen says:
    October 15, 2009 7:35 PM
    Demoted from wide receivers coach? What’s lower than wide receivers coach, waterboy? Gatorade supply technician? Loogie sweeper?”
    He was demoted to Raiders Offensive Coordinator.

  10. slipkid says: Oct 15, 2009 8:40 PM

    buck, get it straight…
    “Raiders Offensive Coordinator and bed-and-breakfast manager”

  11. gyldenlove says: Oct 15, 2009 8:46 PM

    I think he should demote Pioli instead, the problem is not the coaching it is the lack of talent.

  12. TFBuckFutter says: Oct 15, 2009 9:04 PM

    “slipkid says:
    October 15, 2009 8:40 PM
    buck, get it straight…
    “Raiders Offensive Coordinator and bed-and-breakfast manager””
    I’d be mad at you for piggybacking on my joke…..if you didn’t conjure the hilarious image of a quant little Oakland based bed and breakfast.

  13. BigEasy says: Oct 15, 2009 9:26 PM

    In other news….1 trainer was demoted to equipment manager and another was fired for taping the hand of Dwayne Bowe, therefore he has trouble catching passes from Matt Cassel.
    The trainer that was fired was picked up by the Florida Tuskers.

  14. slipkid says: Oct 15, 2009 9:34 PM

    at least haley didnt break his jaw…

  15. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Oct 15, 2009 9:39 PM

    TFBuckFutter says:
    October 15, 2009 8:28 PM
    “Adam-Chris Scheftersen says:
    October 15, 2009 7:35 PM
    Demoted from wide receivers coach? What’s lower than wide receivers coach, waterboy? Gatorade supply technician? Loogie sweeper?”
    He was demoted to Raiders Offensive Coordinator.
    —————————–
    That’s worse than being fired.

  16. Child_Please! says: Oct 15, 2009 9:40 PM

    Poo Flinging Monkey says:
    October 15, 2009 7:48 PM
    Tell Coach Anderson that the hookers tend to loiter in Independence, just a stone’s throw away from Arrowhead Stadium. How convenient!
    *****************************
    Your a idiot. Im positive you have never even been in Independence before just by your moronic statement. What did you do, look at a Rand Mcnally Atlas and see Independence is a suburb of KC?
    Please leave the library computers alone and get back to your trailer and fetch you some bath water from the creek.
    Dipsh*t

  17. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Oct 15, 2009 9:45 PM

    Tell Coach Anderson that the hookers tend to loiter in Independence, just a stone’s throw away from Arrowhead Stadium. How convenient!

  18. Drafty says: Oct 15, 2009 10:49 PM

    Just glad to see that K.C. is almost as ridiculous as Oakland.
    No light at the end of the tunnel – enjoy fighting the Raiders for the basement.
    Dregs.

  19. sullijo says: Oct 15, 2009 11:51 PM

    Nice to see things are finally starting to settle down in KC.
    Does Haley realize the season started already? He’s acting as if it is April….
    Strange, Strange, Strange

  20. nato2424 says: Oct 16, 2009 1:10 AM

    only is KC is a former RB the WR’s coach.

  21. ProfessorEmmitt says: Oct 16, 2009 3:37 AM

    “Matt Hassel start this week.”

  22. dcfan-1212450 says: Oct 16, 2009 9:17 AM

    I am confused. Their receivers are not that bad. Bowe is pretty good. Cassel isnt bad either. That team just has no running game and no defense to speak of. Dorsey is a huge bust at DT. Can anyone name another defensive player on the Chiefs. And Haley is clueless, just like Raheem Morris, Jim Zorn, Steve Spagnolo, and Tom Cable. None of them are making it past this season…
    Oh, and the Skins are favored by 6 1/2 over the Chiefs this weekend. Everyone should take that line, Skins cant beat anyone by more than 3 points (and yes, i still think we win, just ugly and barely…).

  23. Eustus says: Oct 16, 2009 9:55 AM

    sullijo says:
    October 15, 2009 11:51 PM
    Nice to see things are finally starting to settle down in KC.
    Does Haley realize the season started already? He’s acting as if it is April….
    Strange, Strange, Strange
    *****************************
    So true. I understand Pioli and Haley want to make sure the message gets across that there is no change they are unwilling to make but sooner or later, you need to work on improving. It’s tough to improve when the ground is constantly shifting under your feet.
    Enough tinkering. That’s what you do in the offseason, not mid-season.
    It seems pretty clear to me, Haley doesn’t seem to know how to delegate and may have bitten off more than he can chew.

  24. texasPHINSfan says: Oct 16, 2009 12:00 PM

    dedric ward was their WR coach? so THAT’s where he went. i wondered what happened to that guy.
    but yeah, *probably* a good idea to demote an ex-WR and promote an ex-RB to be the wide receivers coach.

  25. Bobarian says: Oct 16, 2009 12:43 PM

    Maybe this means that the Chiefs are going to start using the wide receivers as running backs since we don’t seem to have a running game (or a passing game, or a defense).
    Hey, but we got a good kicker, and a good punter, and some luck on special teams.

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