Chiefs coach Todd Haley was a goner well before he got fired on Monday.
Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star reports that Haley considered resigning in private conversations as recently as last week. He was hoping to leave on his own terms, with the ability to tell his side of things.
There is a confidentiality clause in most contracts that prevents a fired coach from speaking publicly about a team once he parts ways.
Babb describes the situation as “increasingly chaotic” during the year. Haley reportedly suspected as early as Week One that he was likely a goner because of his relationship with G.M. Scott Pioli.
Monday was seemingly an inevitable day for the Chiefs. It sets up an even bigger moment for Pioli: Hiring his next coach.
There is no bigger decision a G.M. can make than choosing a head coach. Pioli is 0-for-1 in Kansas City. He chose a coach that didn’t win enough and didn’t fit what the organization was looking for.
Pioli knows he can’t afford to go 0-for-2.