I'm not a huge Todd Haley fan and I'm certainly not saying he shouldn't have been shown the door. Sure I was hopeful when he was hired and thought we were on to a winner. But he didn't pan out. But that said, the Chiefs problems are FAR more around player personnel than coaching. Unlike Jim Harbaugh who stepped into a team loaded with talent in San Francisco, Haley just didn't have much to work with.
The best starting place to understand why this team is a mess is the draft, particularly the first three rounds, which has been incredibly bad for almost a decade. Sure, luck plays a part in drafting, especially in the later rounds (where the Chiefs best players have come) but however you slice it the Chiefs have made disastrous choices. Consider these mistakes:
1st, 2011: Jonathan Baldwin: A guy who was known to have problems in his head and not to be a team player. Not right between the ears. Clearly not first round pick material.
1st 2010: Eric Berry: Sure, the talking heads raved about Berry, and he's potentially a great player. But there is a reason you don't take Safeties as top ten picks- they never stay healthy long enough to merit the contract or the pick. Sure enough, he was done for the year before the tailgaters had even got the grills fired up. That pick could have been Jason Pierre Paul or Mike Iupati...
2nd 2010: Dexter McCluster; A cute scat back who can be fun to watch, but not a guy who's going to be a solid contributor to the team.
3rd 2010: Tony Moeaki : A good TE, but a guy with a long history of injury problems. Done for the year, and who knows how long he'll be around next year, or the year after that...
2nd 2009: Alex McGee: Who you ask? Traded for a conditional pick to the Buc's after one year, who then cut him.
1st 2008 (#5 overall) Glenn Dorsey: Classic bust. A journeyman at best.
1st 2008 (#15 overall) Brandon Albert: A guard in college was a reach to move to LT. Has been average at best.
Toss in Ryan Sims (#6 overall pick 2002) and Eddie Freeman (2nd round 2002) and you have an astonishing FOUR top pick defensive linemen in ten years who have been BUSTS!
Now, let's turn to the most important position on the field, the quarterback. Pioli opts to have Matt Cassel a HUGE fat contract, who was a terrible choice. He has terrible mechanics, low accuracy and makes bad decisions. And if that wasn't bad enough, who do we have backing him up? Tyler Palko, a guy who'd washed out everywhere he'd gone.
So, ask yourself how much you'd like the KC head coaching gig? You have no one decent at quarterback and offensive and defensive filled with busts and journeymen and rejects from other teams. You do have a handful of late round picks, from Charles to Arenas and Flowers, who are the heart of the team. But Charles is really a glorified scat back, who not surprisingly broke down.
Out goes Haley with his cardboard box, but anyone who lays this mess at his feet does him a disservice. This team has been badly managed for a lot of years on the player personnel side.A new coach isn't going to help that.
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