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Chiefs still searching for offensive coordinator

Todd Haley

News that the Broncos have hired a defensive coordinator has reminded us that the Chiefs have yet to hire an offensive coordinator.

Two weeks after Charlie Weis escaped left for the same position at Florida, the Chiefs have no replacement.

And there’s no real buzz about what the Chiefs will do.  Bill Callahan’s name apparently has emerged as a potential candidate, based on the photo teasing an article that’s trapped behind a wall that we won’t pay to scale.

The smart move, in our view, would have been to hire former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, who helped make quarterback Matt Cassel sufficiently attractive in 2008 to become the Chiefs’ starter.  But McDaniels never interviewed in Kansas City.

It’s unclear whether the Chiefs offered McDaniels an opportunity to sit for the job.  Our guess is that coach Todd Haley wants no part of a former head coach who, if things go off the rails in 2011 or 2012, easily could become the interim head coach.  Also, it would be a safe wager that McDaniels, if offered the chance to interview, would have uttered a three-word response consistent of the words “no” and “way”.

The buzz continues to be that Haley is tough to work with.  Moreover, the thinking is that he wants a coordinator over whom Haley can lord.

It remains to be seen whether Kermit can get out of his contract.

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20 Responses to “Chiefs still searching for offensive coordinator”
  1. boozemonk3y says: Jan 25, 2011 10:05 AM

    They should hire John Shoop

  2. kc4life7 says: Jan 25, 2011 10:13 AM

    Isn’t Bruce Arians contract up after this year? If it is, it’s possible the Chiefs could be looking into him, which may be why we have been waiting so long to make a decision.

  3. hnirobert3 says: Jan 25, 2011 10:19 AM

    I hear it gets Chilly in Kansas City this time of year. *rimshot*

  4. tombrookshire says: Jan 25, 2011 10:25 AM

    If you are that insecure about your job that you wouldn’t hire someone that could make you look like a genius for doing so, maybe you don’t belong in the HC job in the first place. If a guy appears to have a strong personality but is masking fear for his job, he has more than just a season’s worth of football to worry about. If “it” comes off the rails in 2011 or 12, it would mean that Haley wasn’t all that much in the first place. Says a lot about the Belichick tree, too with the number of failed HCs that have fallen from it. Haley would make three, and he looks pretty shaky from here.

  5. bbrophy1 says: Jan 25, 2011 10:35 AM

    They should just give the title to Maurice Carthon. Callahan is an offesnive line coach and they already have a solid line coach in Bill Muir, who also is a former offesnive coordiantor. Sure he is getting up there in age a bit, but bringing in Callahan will just have a bad ripple effect in continuity.

  6. jbaxt says: Jan 25, 2011 10:39 AM

    Ya, who would want to work with the AFC coach of the year, the GM of the year, pro-bowlers Charles, Bowe, and Cassel (by default) and an up and coming young team… That seems like a horrible opportunity.

    You really think Haley is worried about his job? He took over a poorly coached 2-14 Herman Edwards team, took them to 4-12, then to 10-6 and into the playoffs… He’s the Coach of the year and is going to play maybe the toughest schedule next year. So even if they go 7-9 it will be okay in Chiefs land. 2012 with be their SB push.

  7. coachstram says: Jan 25, 2011 10:41 AM

    Im givin Haley one more season to win me over.

    Hotheads bother me.

  8. kc4life7 says: Jan 25, 2011 10:41 AM

    tombrookshire says:
    Jan 25, 2011 10:25 AM
    If you are that insecure about your job that you wouldn’t hire someone that could make you look like a genius for doing so, maybe you don’t belong in the HC job in the first place. If a guy appears to have a strong personality but is masking fear for his job, he has more than just a season’s worth of football to worry about. If “it” comes off the rails in 2011 or 12, it would mean that Haley wasn’t all that much in the first place. Says a lot about the Belichick tree, too with the number of failed HCs that have fallen from it. Haley would make three, and he looks pretty shaky from here.

    __________________________________

    Haley is a failed coach? Really? Pretty sure he got voted AFC coach of the year about two weeks ago by 101. Cool comment though.

  9. theseaward says: Jan 25, 2011 10:54 AM

    How about the Arkansas OC Garrick McGee. He is young and up and coming.

  10. tacoslinger619 says: Jan 25, 2011 10:55 AM

    Playing a 1st schedule is going to crush the Chiefs nx yr, Hailey will take the fall!

  11. belichickee says: Jan 25, 2011 11:00 AM

    “Says a lot about the Belichick tree, too with the number of failed HCs that have fallen from it. Haley would make three, and he looks pretty shaky from here.”

    When did Haley coach under Belichick?

  12. 23chameleons says: Jan 25, 2011 11:28 AM

    If coaches can’t have contact with players once the CBA expires, could it be possible the Chiefs are choosing not to name their next OC so that he could orchestrate practices until a CBA is agreed upon, THEN sign a contract to be OC for the Chiefs ?

  13. 23chameleons says: Jan 25, 2011 11:44 AM

    One other thing …. KC’s schedule is BRUTAL next year …

    Home: Denver, Oakland, San Diego, Buffalo, Miami, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Minnesota


    Away: Denver, Oakland, San Diego, New England, N.Y. Jets, Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit

    Considering they went 3-5 in away games and their 3 wins were against Cle/Sea/St.L (combined 19-29 records) and only play 2 away games next year against teams with losing records (Denver & Detroit), there’s gonna be some tough sledding in KC. 7-9 might be considered good against that schedule.

  14. realitypolice says: Jan 25, 2011 11:49 AM

    jbaxt says:
    Jan 25, 2011 10:39 AM
    Ya, who would want to work with the AFC coach of the year, the GM of the year, pro-bowlers Charles, Bowe, and Cassel (by default) and an up and coming young team… That seems like a horrible opportunity.
    =========================

    Well, I’ll tell you who wouldn’t want to work for him.

    Anyone who realizes that Todd Haley has no intention of letting anyone run the offense but Todd Haley, and knows that whatever success they have will be tainted by everyone’s assumption that the head coach makes all of the decisions there.

    Whoever posted that they should just elevate Carthon is right. No top tier OC is taking that job.

  15. ghostofhenrystram says: Jan 25, 2011 12:25 PM

    I’m a Chiefs fan and I don’t feel like I have to like Haley in order to want him to be our coach. A coach should be judged by wins and losses and under this criteria then Haley is outstanding an outstanding coach. The Chiefs had a huge turnaround and quickly.
    I don’t remember anyone in the 70′s talking about what a warm and fuzzy guy Chuck Noll was and he was nothing but a winner.

    As far as OC goes…I’d like to see Haley call his own plays if that makes him more comfortable.

  16. joetoronto says: Jan 25, 2011 12:49 PM

    Holy crap, the Chiefs are in the news again, two times in one month!

  17. facebook.com/joesimmonscomic AKA Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Jan 25, 2011 1:36 PM

    Haley’s problem is that he doesn’t have championship hair.

  18. radrntn says: Jan 25, 2011 2:06 PM

    @23chameleons says: One other thing …. KC’s schedule is BRUTAL next year …

    you are spot on afc west is going to have a lot tougher time this year against the afc east, and the nfc north, then this past yearof playing afc south, and nfc west.

    I am just happy to know the raiders can beat everybody in the afc west, but need to get some wins against the bills, lions, and at least one or two more…right now 9-7 will win the afc west

  19. peepeedemon says: Jan 25, 2011 2:37 PM

    Another Kermit reference. HILARIOUS!!!

    Please stop.

    I’m a big Chiefs fan, but I understand that this season was largely a product of the schedule. It was a step in the right direction, but they’re still a couple of years and good well maneuvered off seasons away from being a serious contender. I just hope they get someone who can put a system together, and keep building towards that. Maybe it’s Kermit (HAR HAR HAR HAR)

  20. commandercornpone says: Jan 25, 2011 9:13 PM

    chilly would be a good hire. he likes to run it and the chiefs are good at it. he has to play nice. haley will hang himself if it doesnt work out.

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