At this point, I don’t think it helps much to discuss Haley. I’m one that really liked him but at the same time I was having some problems with some of his decisions. The positives that I really liked were his affect on Bowe, Charles, Johnson and some of the other players and the fact that he brought in Breaston and was liked by Fitz. But this is all in the past now.
I do believe that it will be very important to bring in a top level coach either with NFL Head coaching experience or a Top Notch College Coach. Bill Cowher has the best credentials and has a background with the Chief’s and even though his record doesn’t necessarily show it, I always liked Jeff Fischer. A good college coach would be a little riskier but one name that I really would like is Bill Snyder but age may be the problem here.
Whoever the coach is he will be coming into, what I see, as a near perfect situation. The Chief’s have excellent young talent, the injured players that are coming back, they will be playing a last place schedule (it’s amazing how much difference this can make), they should have time to get organized with the early turnover, they will be in a good drafting position and just overall, I believe in a good situation (and still a pretty weak division).
Obviously, the QB position will need to be resolved and I’m in the camp that Cassel is not the answer.
However, I was reading an article (now, I forget where) that the Colt’s just will not be able to afford to keep Manning and probably Luck. And, if they make a trade, it will still count against their cap and they can’t afford that either. Therefore, if he’s healthy, Manning may be in a position to go out and find and negotiate his own new deal. The article even mentioned the Chief’s as a real possibility because of many of the reasons mentioned above.
So, if this scenario really is possible, the Chief’s could possibly get Manning for a few years (also create time to find the QB of the future) and still have 2012’s high draft positions to get another OT and other positions of need along with the possibilities of some “good” FA’s.
It’s pretty easy to see that this could be an ideal set of circumstances for any coach and this organization. I just hope the right decisions are made, and things do not get all screwed up again.