Oh the injustice! To start, I was a fan of both of these guys when we brought them in. I thought they would both be able to bring their strengths to the table, add talent and bring together a cohesive unit that can play at a high level. Now I'm only a real fan on Haley. I soon came to the conclusion that the real brains behind that Patriot football team lies solely with Bill Belichick. We all know how bad Pioli botched the draft in 2009 (not having a single person still on our roster other than Jackson who is a C+ B- talent if he plays to the best of his ability) and then the following draft Haley has to beg Pioli to take Eric Berry with the first overall pick. Then we come to Matt Cassel.... Now I'm not going to completely slam Pioli for this move because the QB situation with Croyle and Huard was abominable but that still doesn't mean that Matt's a good QB and deserving of the kind of contract he got. (Same with TJAX) So striking out in 09, overpaying for mediocre talent at best, and choosing a poor QB all fall under Pioli decisions.
Haley took over the head coaching job for the Chiefs in 2009. The Chiefs record the previous two years before he took the job was 6-26. 2009 was another learning year (again no help from Pioli's draft) but then he gets us to the playoffs the second year. There is one thing for sure, Haley knows how to bring the best out in talent. He's done it with Larry Fitzgerald and he did it here with D-Bowe. He didn't give his players an inch yet they all respect him. ("Bowe you're a fat mess") Then the lockout happens and the offseason is completely stripped away from the coaches and players and when it is finally time to resume football activities there is about a month left before the regular season starts, not ideal but the same around the league. (There were a lot of knee and hamstring injuries this year around the league.) Season starts and tragedy begins. Berry, Charles, Moeaki all done for the year. So now haley has an elderly Thomas Jones, a completely inexperienced Battle, and a buck sixty-five guy in Dex and we are still sitting at 5 wins with the hardest schedule in the NFL. Again not ideal but I projected before the year/injuries that best case scenario we'd be .500 with 8 wins. Is that really solid grounds to fire a head coach on?
So I'll finish up by saying that the Kansas City Chiefs are a better football team than we were 3 years ago because a good coaching staff and not because of a good general manager. Sure you could say that Pioli gets some credit for hiring Crennel and Weis and I can give credit where credit is due, but overall I feel that the person that should have been canned was the (way) overhyped Scott Pioli. Haley should have been given the chance to make a comeback in 2012 when the offseason is normal and our stars are back from rehabbing their injuries. I think the real reason Haley got fired was because Pioli and he didn't get along, and that's because Haley knew that Pioli was scewing the pooch and called him out. Thanks Todd, you the man.
A disapointed Chiefs fan.