All this kindness has given me the courage to speak my mind on something that is very near and dear to our hearts. Our coach. Look. Like it or not, everyone, he IS OUR coach. That much is fact. You don't have to agree. You don't have to like it. You don't have to put up with it. It doesn't matter. RIght here, right now, Todd Haley IS our coach. So let's just support the guy and see what happens? I don't know? Do you? I mean Really? Do you really KNOW?
There's been enough venom, and anti-venom spewed on this site, thanks to our record, in the last 6 months than ever before. There are pro-Haley and pro-Cassel camps. There are those who hate them both enough to campaign against them day and night. (Sorry). Anyway. Those of the Kool-Aid camp and those of the non, have both softened their views recently. We've been a little kinder with one another. A little more accepting.
Let's say that Haley is going to take another 2 years to learn his job. That's pretty much the norm for anybody at any position in the NFL to "GET IT". Because it is pretty much a "get it or get out" job. I mean really. That's the truth.
By and large if you don't man up and get your job after 2 years of training then your done. And you better have been showing signs along the way at that. I KNOW there are exceptions. So please don't bombard this post with those. I'm talking "most of the time" here. I'm talkin' the odds. Most likely scenario.
I'm doing this to be fair to Coach Haley. After all he is our coach now and we have no choice but to either rally or run off. Which will we do? Here's my thought.
Maybe Haley will become some super genius coach and win more games than anyone ever. Maybe. Ok. It could happen. Let's say it's going to. It will take a minimum 2 more years to even get close. Let's face it, he's a ROOKIE head coach to begin with. But to complicate things, he came HERE first. And we a complete debauchle here in KC. Wow! We're bad. That's the truth. We have won less games than we have won for several years now. No other teams fear us.
We're the team that when we win, we "upset" somebody. Think about that for a second. It's not good. It's not ok. It's not acceptable to be this team now. So to be fair to Haley, we should give him plenty of time right? Sounds fair right? No?!
See, there are several coaches becoming available soon. These coaches have WON superbowls. So the odds are WE WOULD eventually win a superbowl with one of them. I mean that's the odds right? They obviously know how to get there and win. They've done it. So the dilemma builds.
Do we hang on to a fledgling coach that's obviously trying to "figure it out" all the time? Or do we go get a champion and give them whatever players they ask for? Which is it? See I don't want to be a project team for a new coach. All too often they come into the league with some new school of thought,some new spin on some old idea. They do a good job of shocking the league. They have instant success. Then the veterans catch on and stop it cold. No more storybook ending.
But we haven't even had that. We have nothing to show for it really. Not much anyway. I'm not blaming anyone. I don't care whose fault it was or is. Moving forward, in 2010 what do you do? Do you let a school of pro coaches come out of broadcasting and back into football after having time to clear their heads and really sit back and study film from a different perspective as a commentator? Common sense says no. They've only grown from their short break. They've had time to sleep. Time to relax. Time to get to know their wives and kids again. That's gotta be good for you.
Or do you hang on to Mr. First go round? No matter how much promise he shows, what do you do? You might as well resign yourself to the fact that Haley and Pioli will need TIME to put this mess back together. Well, what with BOTH of them being brand new at BOTH positions right? Seems more likely that you would pick a champion proven coach and let him help you look good at your NEW job Mr. GM????? Or is it just me?