Keyshawn Johnson worked with Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley while both were in New York with the Jets in the late '90s. We've noticed on ESPN this year that Keyshawn is a big fan of the Haley and the Chiefs. He talked with "3 Guys In A Garage" on 810 WHB in Kansas City Wednesday night and explained why he likes his former coach.
"Obviously, he's a young head coach," Keyshawn said. "This is his second year as a head coach. He's basically in his on the job training. The training wheels won't come off until at least his third or fourth year as a head coach but I think he's going to be a terrific head coach in this league, especially once players realize his style and his style is about winning.
"He's won at every team he's been with, whether it's the New York Jets, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl and now the Kansas City Chiefs. His formula for success is there it's just a matter of whether people buy into his coaching style. A lot of players, they don't really understand, and sometimes it takes a minute to understand what a guy is really, truly trying to get out of you as a player, and then once you realize that, you like that, respect that and go with it."
That in-your-face attitude expands to his coaching staff, too. This week we heard some folks bringing up the relationship between Haley and offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. Apparently TV cameras caught Haley yelling into his headset, presumably to Weis and Nick Wright of 610 Sports said that was a "major issue" in the locker room. While not speaking specifically to that incident, Keyshawn offered some thoughts on Charlie Weis as a coordinator.
"Sometimes Charlie can be a, you know, a little bit of a 'I'm gonna do it my way' and sometimes....I saw Bill Parcells have to get on Charlie Weis and tell him to call certain plays, do certain things in certain ways. When guys are set in their own ways, you're going to see guys bickering and arguing in the coaching staff, and that's not unusual."
Of course, you're always going to have players or even coaches that don't buy in. Keyshawn says some players "don't really understand" Haley's style so it's possible some coaches don't either. But the history between these guys -- Keyshawn uses a Bill Parcells example, and they've all worked together -- would suggest any rifts wouldn't be more than a small bump in the road.