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Pioli denies that Haley would have been fired if Chiefs had lost

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The Kansas City Chiefs headed into the fourth quarter in Indianapolis on Sunday trailing 24-21, but they escaped with a 28-24 win. And coach Todd Haley escaped with his job.

According to a report from Nick Wright of KCSP-AM (via NFL.com), it really was a narrow escape for Haley, as Chiefs G.M. Scott Pioli was prepared to fire Haley if the Chiefs lost to the Colts.

However, Pioli told ArrowheadPride.com the report was “100 percent false.”

Haley has been on the hot seat since Week One, and when the Chiefs started the season looking like the worst team in the league, it appeared that his firing was a matter of “when,” not “if.”

But now that the Chiefs are on a two-game winning streak, Pioli is saying that the “when” was never going to be as early as five games into the season.

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19 Responses to “Pioli denies that Haley would have been fired if Chiefs had lost”
  1. michaelamericano says: Oct 14, 2011 8:39 AM

    In KC Nick Wright is known as a highly incredible source that spews shock and awe to gain listeners. I wouldn’t rely on him for anything.

    Didn’t Haley win AFC coach of the year honors last year?

  2. klutch14u says: Oct 14, 2011 8:40 AM

    Don’t care one way or the other if Haley stays or goes but I’m so sick of the KC “rumors”. They are running a tight lipped ship and it drives you guys crazy. People are just making stuff up now and seeing what sticks or grows legs. I really think that’s why Jason Whitlock left, he couldn’t puppetmaster Carl Peterson any longer and the Chiefs door was finally slammed in his face.

  3. jimmysimpson55 says: Oct 14, 2011 8:43 AM

    Nick Right had multiple sources for the story that were not players. Nick is the only guy in KC who breaks Chief’s stories because he does not kiss Piloi’s ring. Also, the very fact that Pioli denied it so quickly gives it even more credibility. I am betting this was a true report.

  4. kevin3142 says: Oct 14, 2011 8:45 AM

    Who is Nick Wright? ….. Oh… I think he meant Nick Wrong!

    He’s been wrong too many times to trust anything he says. I wouldn’t give this too much credibility.

  5. lawyermalloy says: Oct 14, 2011 8:50 AM

    Pioli should be fired for putting this mess together!

  6. wawa33 says: Oct 14, 2011 8:53 AM

    Pioli looks like everyone’s bald, stressed out Uncle.

  7. thetechnocrat says: Oct 14, 2011 8:57 AM

    But now that the Chiefs are on a two-game winning streak, Pioli is saying that the “when” was never going to be as early as five games into the season.

    Pioli never said there was a when in the interview at all. He said there was no truth to any firing discussion. C’mon man, don’t Wes Bunting the story.

  8. RomosRibs says: Oct 14, 2011 9:01 AM

    You gotta be kiddin me. Last year he was a savior and they would consider axin him after a slow start?
    Nick HAS to be delusional here.

  9. txxxchief says: Oct 14, 2011 9:02 AM

    I would have more confidence in Pioli of he would have confirmed the rumor.

  10. eustus says: Oct 14, 2011 9:19 AM

    The only way to cover your behind as a GM, when you have $30M in unused cap space, is to fire the coach when things inevitably go belly-up.

    It’s just a matter of time until the golf pro is looking for work. He never was the long-term answer. He’s a stop-gap and a lightening rod there to take attention away from a rebuilding effort. Pioli is in his third year. After this season, he’s no longer dealing with the leftovers of a previous regime, it’s all him. Haley is the perfect buffer to get him through his third season. The fact that the team had some success last season, in spite of the golf pro, was just gravy for Pioli. It bought him more time to put together the roster he wants.

    It’s just a matter of time until Pioli shoves him under the bus. And so what? That’s why he hired him in the first place.

  11. balewsquare says: Oct 14, 2011 9:35 AM

    For the huge, money making operations they run, you’d think a football FO would have a little more foresight. I’m not saying the story is true, I’m saying it’s crazy that it’s even being considered realistic. How could a FO say, “If we win/lose this game, the coach keeps/loses his job”? You’ve gotta have a better vision for the future than that…if he’s not the guy, chop him now.

  12. riverhorsey says: Oct 14, 2011 9:49 AM

    jimmysimpson55 says: Oct 14, 2011 8:43 AM

    Nick Right had multiple sources for the story that were not players. Nick is the only guy in KC who breaks Chief’s stories because he does not kiss Piloi’s ring. Also, the very fact that Pioli denied it so quickly gives it even more credibility. I am betting this was a true report.

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    The local media has put out multiple stories about Haley, Pioli and the chiefs the last two years that turned out to be false.

    They don’t like either one of them and their egos have been bruised. it’s their only way to try and get back at them.

    Nick and others in the local media have a vendetta and they purposely put out disinformation to try and discredit the organization.

  13. tatatoothy says: Oct 14, 2011 9:59 AM

    What else was Uncle Ned supposed to say, that yeah, he was going to fire his HC? This isn’t news-worthy. It would be news if he admitted that he would have fired McHaley.

  14. jayhawk6 says: Oct 14, 2011 10:05 AM

    Scott Pioli is well aware of the injuries the Chiefs have suffered. He also knows that he did not do very much in the off season to bolster areas of need.

    The team has responded to adversity, due mainly to their own pride.

    If, as and when Todd Haley is dismissed as head coach, it will take place after the season is over and if the team regresses.

  15. cereal blogger says: Oct 14, 2011 10:05 AM

    Calm down Chiefs, you had a nice rebound season last year& have won 2 straight. I think you still have a shot at the AFC West….deep breaths, all is well with the guys you got….its a process

  16. richm2256 says: Oct 14, 2011 11:00 AM

    It’s nice of Haley to not run up the score on anybody.

    Of course, the fact that his offense is incapable of doing it probably has more to do with that.

  17. tatum064 says: Oct 14, 2011 11:45 AM

    They did a few things right, but lost on Cassell, then the only coordinator that put him in better decision-making situations was Weis. The Haley “Bill Parcells, Jr.” act is wearing thin, but he’s safe after a couple of wins and a decent showing v. the Chargers….for now.

  18. kcrobert10 says: Oct 14, 2011 7:07 PM

    My glass ball says Haley will step down at years end and with in 1 week and a couple side interviews to satisfied the NFL rules and then the tuna will become the new head coach.

  19. raidernation3739 says: Oct 19, 2011 11:41 PM

    well chiefs fans i must say you guys need a coach not a best friend. i think you will be thanking us Sunday when we get your coach fired by stomping you. chiefs 10 Raiders 34.

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