Chiefs GM Pioli Confirms Haley Will be Back in 2010

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There was never really a question in my mind but plenty of reports and/or speculation have arisen with a four win team that Todd Haley could be one-and-done with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Not so, says GM Scott Pioli.

"Todd made tremendous progress this year," Pioli said to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star. "Our whole team made progress this year. Todd coached well under some difficult circumstances."

Those difficult circumstances include firing an offensive coordinator (Chan Gailey) and hiring an offensive coordinator (himself) before the season started.  Pioli says that while Haley's current roles as coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach is "a lot on his plate", he handled things well.

"Being a first-time head coach, coordinating the offense, calling the plays and having the set of circumstances we all walked into that we all knew was a lot to overcome … he handled it well."

Pioli called the Chiefs head coach "self-aware" and said he was fully cognizant of the development that needs to come from the team.

Haley said simply of his first season, "Until you have that experience, you just don’t know."

Well, now he knows.

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