You all know of the old riddle without an answer, right? What came first, the chicken or the egg??? For me there is 2 kinds of coaches, both of which have had success in the NFL. One coach has a plan or scheme and tries to get players to fulfill roles in it, even if they are not roles that fit a players skill set. The other kind of coach assesses the players skills, or lack thereof, and tries to design a scheme that fits those skills. Our HC seems to be the kind who has a scheme and tries to make it work regardless of the skills the players bring into the mix. It also appears that the inability to keep O Coordinators is part and parcel of this style. Like the old song, "I did it my way", coaches can have both good outcomes and not so good.
I think Haley really knows what he wants but has had problems fitting the pieces together. However, I was really glad to see some flexibility with the playcalling after Matt went to IR. I really wonder why we didn't see it when Matt was healthy, the up temple, attacking offense, even the no huddle. I always have said, dating back to last year's pre-season that it looked as if Cassel thrived in that role and yet we seldom saw it on the field. I really find this shortcoming in Haley's program to be part of why he may not be back next year.
I understand the staunch, do it my way or hit the hiway approach, and it worked well as he cleaned house of the unmotivated players. Howsomever, is that unyeilding attitude costing the team in it's third year? Is he blinding himself with what worked early and unable to adjust as the team grows? While Haley earned my admiration early on, I have been questioning his own growth as a Head Coach, and the ability to adapt to his players strengths. I even question if the right 53 are getting on the field, let alone using their skills in the most beneficial manner. Scotty Pioli has to be thinking about where the team is going and is it within the framework of his plan. Anyway, Go Chief's!!