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Haley’s seat could be getting hotter

Todd Haley AP

Chiefs fans may be alarmed to know that, around the league, the division-winning coach of their team occupies one of the hottest seats in the league.

Never mind the pressure on guys like Gary Kubiak, Jack Del Rio, Tony Sparano, and/or Tom Coughlin to take the Texans, Jaguars, Dolphins, and/or Giants to the postseason, Adam Schefter of ESPN said on Sunday NFL Countdown that Todd Haley is the coach who needs to win the most right now.

With the next two games at Detroit and at San Diego, winning may not happen soon for Haley and the Chiefs.

Schefter said that most people around the league think that that’s the “most volatile situation” right now in the NFL, and that tensions reared their head “behind closed doors” during the offseason.

As Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star pointed out last week, Haley’s contract runs through 2012, which means that he’ll likely get an extension — or a pink slip — at the end of the 2011 season, if not sooner.

On that note, Schefter pointed to the presence of former Patriots defensive coordinator and former Browns head coach Romeo Crennel on the Chiefs staff.  If G.M. Scott Pioli decides that the time has come for a change, it would be an easy swap of Haley for Crennel, whom many think didn’t get a fair shot in Cleveland because of G.M. Phil Savage’s arguably mismanagement of the roster and salary cap.

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19 Responses to “Haley’s seat could be getting hotter”
  1. trbowman says: Sep 18, 2011 11:41 AM

    Haley gets a bad rap because he’s not really a likable guy, but he’s a damn good football coach.

  2. wtfchiefs says: Sep 18, 2011 11:42 AM

    If he goes, I hope they make it a package deal and send Cassel out of town too!!!!! It’s obvious Haley cannot work with others, and it hurts his team, they have 3 (3!!!!) people calling plays on Offense….wtf is that all about? Talk about too many cooks in the kitchen

  3. stairwayto7 says: Sep 18, 2011 11:42 AM

    Chefs were a 1 year wonder plus Charlie Wiess is GONE!! Haley will be off cord. next season somewhere…

  4. jw731 says: Sep 18, 2011 11:47 AM

    He took them to the playoffs last year, with a division championship and started out 0-1 and he’s on the hot seat?……..Seriously?

  5. tripnasty says: Sep 18, 2011 11:47 AM

    I bet Romeo Crennel would shake the opposing coach’s hand after the game, regardless.

  6. billinva says: Sep 18, 2011 11:49 AM

    Could be? I’d says it’s pretty damn hot already.

    He’s just not good at delegating, and absolutely can not have anyone on the staff that a better coach than he is, he’s just to insecure.

  7. raiderfankirk says: Sep 18, 2011 11:49 AM

    Make your oline coach a play caller and trust me your gonna suck. I.E. Tom Cable. With that said brake a leg.

  8. duanethomas says: Sep 18, 2011 11:49 AM

    He is fine, Parcell taught him how to coach. He was a golfer in college whose dad Dick Haley got him a job with Parcells. Thats enough!

  9. jessethegreat says: Sep 18, 2011 11:54 AM

    Chiefs fans and management are playing the late George Carlin’s “Guys named Todd” over and over in their minds right now.

  10. Soulman45 says: Sep 18, 2011 11:58 AM

    He might be in trouble the next two games is going to be hard his change of betting
    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS is none against SD is less than 25% he might need to buy some new bags.

  11. CKL says: Sep 18, 2011 11:59 AM

    RAC is a great DC but doesn’t have it as a HC. I hope he realizes that and stays a DC forever. Just like Weis needs to be an OC only forever. RAC had a tough time even getting to DC since he had been in the NFL many years before he got his first DC job in Cleveland in 2000.

    IMO the Chiefs’ playoff berth was because of Weis and RAC, not Haley. That’s not as much against Haley as it is a point of how great those two men are at their jobs. Believe me I know. Pats had a tough time adjusting to life without Weis and RAC that first year, especially RAC.

  12. bwisnasky says: Sep 18, 2011 11:59 AM

    Is it just me, or does Haley look like he ate some bad egg salad in that picture?

  13. thingamajig says: Sep 18, 2011 12:23 PM

    Soulman45 says:
    Sep 18, 2011 11:58 AM
    He might be in trouble the next two games is going to be hard his change of betting
    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS is none against SD is less than 25% he might need to buy some new bags.

    Huh?

  14. Patriot42 says: Sep 18, 2011 12:24 PM

    Haley got a easy run last year as the rest of the division was having problems so this year this team faces a tougher schedule but everyone expected them to beat the Bills but the game shown everyone the Chiefs weren’t ready. If Haley needs to get a team ready it is against the Lions and if they play the way they did last week I would say he will be in trouble.

  15. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Sep 18, 2011 12:29 PM

    Romeo Crennel is a nice man and exudes nothing but class. That said, he just doesn’t seem to have what it takes to be a head coach in the NFL. He respects his players too much and assumes that they always make the right decisions for themselves and for the team when they are on their own time. Some players can do that, some can’t. The ones that can’t need to have someone get in their face and read them the riot act, and that’s where RAC comes up short. He should stay right where he is, where he can focus on one thing and leave the multi-tasking, administrative crap like player discipline to someone else.

  16. westnorthcoast says: Sep 18, 2011 12:34 PM

    “If G.M. Scott Pioli decides that the time has come for a change, it would be an easy swap of Haley for Crennel, whom many think didn’t get a fair shot in Cleveland because of G.M. Phil Savage’s arguably mismanagement of the roster and salary cap.
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    ??? Crazy speculation with no thought or basis!!! If this horrible scenario played out, who would Romeo Crennel hire as the offensive coordinator?
    Maurice Carthon? Crennel add to his own problems by not coaching up new talent and did it the “Belichick” way and ended up with disastrous “Eric Mangini” and “Josh McDaniels” type of results. Call any Cleveland Browns fan and they will remind you.

  17. suckonetrebek says: Sep 18, 2011 12:36 PM

    I’m a die hard Chiefs fan and I actually like Todd haley……but I would take Crennel any day over Haley and I really hope that happens.

  18. tombrookshire says: Sep 18, 2011 12:47 PM

    Crennel? What did he win? What did he prove at Cleveland. Good coaches can coach anyone and can influence a bad GM to make better personnel decisions. If you replace Haley, don’t swap him for a good assistant who made a lousy HC not too long ago.

  19. 10kmp says: Sep 18, 2011 1:44 PM

    Haley gets a bad rap because he’s not really a likable guy, but he’s a damn good football coach.
    ——————
    Haley isn’t just “not likable”, he’s easy to detest. There are/were plenty of head coaches who are/were simply unlikable; think Parcells, Coughlin, Johnson, Ryan, and Shanahan for a start. But all of these guys are just abrasive, they’re not utter a**holes as Haley appears to be. He might be a damn good football coach, as you say, but his people skills and management style make Bill Parcells look like Wade Phillips…

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