We've been talking this year about how everything with the Kansas City Chiefs seems to fit together really well. Complementary football, as Todd Haley calls it. So it's almost fitting that the Denver Broncos fired Josh McDaniels after his second career loss to Haley and the Chiefs.
Just two days before Scott Pioli was announced as the newest GM of the Chiefs in January 2009, Josh McDaniels was hired as head coach by the Broncos. Pioli went on to hire Todd Haley as head coach a few weeks later. Haley went on to win just one of his first six games while McDaniels won all six. Since that point, Haley was won 11 more games while McDaniels has just five more.
The Broncos came to Kansas City in their first meeting in 2009 and embarrassed the Chiefs, 44-13. Haley and the Chiefs returned the favor in their second meeting, 44-24, in Denver. Their third meeting, in 2010, was also a blowout as McDaniels whooped up the Chiefs in Denver last month, 49-29.
Their fourth meeting was an ugly 10-6 victory for the Chiefs. It's also apparently known as the nail in the coffin. 24 hours after the Broncos; loss, McDaniels was fired as head coach of the Broncos.
Todd Haley frequently says it's all about wins and losses. While I'm sure he wasn't referring to his record against other coaches, it is interesting to note that Sunday's victory also marked Haley as the victor of sorts, with one more career victory than McDaniels.
The final score: Haley 12-16 McDaniels 11-17.