It just became more apparent to me that I had to be more involved. The finger is going to point back at me and I have to do what I think is best for this team now and into the future.
Those are Todd Haleys comments this afternoon after making official the news that Chan Gailey has been fired as offensive coordinator of the Chiefs and that he would be taking those duties, as well as the quarterback coaching duties, in addition to his role as Head Coach.
I have no issue whatsoever with Haley firing Gailey. As the Head Coach, it is his right to choose his staff (though it would have been much better for the team had this happened two months ago rather than a week before the regular season starts). However, I think it is a display of poor judgment that he is taking over the play calling duties himself. My opinion of this might be different if Haley had 4 or 5 years as a head coach under his belt and knew what his respoinsibilities and duties entailed, but he doesn't. He's still learning what it means to be a head coach and hasn't even had his first regular season game yet.
Bill Parcells, who called plays at various points in his coaching career understood this:
"When you are young, it's too much to do both," Parcells said. "When you get the lay of the land, I don't think it's too much. But the reverse usually happens. Young guys stay in it, they do their half and they don't round themselves out as coaches. Older ones step back because they realize they probably are not coaching the whole team well enough if they are just doing one side."
I found it intersting that a large percentage of Arrowhead Pride readers today seem to be highly in favor of this move, considering that when Haley was hired, AP readers voted nearly 3:1 that Haley SHOULD NOT call his own plays. Is this a result of the influx of new readers the last several months? Are we getting caught up in a moment of panic after three poorly played preseason games that we are willing to try anything already?
As you look over that article by Joel from February, I find it interesting how things have changed.
Todd Haleys comment at the time:
"I'm going to have enough on my plate. I think the head coach's role is to manage the game and his role is to set a clear vision of what he wants the game plan to be."
One of the most CRITICAL aspects of being a head coach is learning to delegate. Haley seems to have understood that fact in February but may have lost sight of it in the last few months. A Head Coach should never completely defer all decisions to his assistant coaches, but the head coach has more important duties to take care of than micromanaging every aspect of the team.
Think of the manager of a manufacturing plant that didn't trust the production workers to put out a high quality product, so he left his office and took his place on the assymbly line and just did it himself. That particular product he was working on might be superior in to what the other workers did, but there is no way he can do production AND care for his managerial duties at the same time.
The managers job is to delegate his authority to foremen that can concentrate on making sure things are done the right way. The manager then manages the foremen to make sure they are keeping the level of quality high.
Haley simply is not going to be able to personally position coach every player on the roster. There simply aren't enough hours in the day. Haley must learn how to get his message across to his coaches and then follow through making sure his coaches are passing along that same message to the players.
Haley needs to spend less time trying to personally coach every player on the roster and more time coaching his coaches.