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Minus the shaggy beard he wore during most of this season with the Chiefs, former coach Todd Haley had little to say Thursday night about his firing on an appearance ESPN's "Audibles."
"The best experience you can get is being a head coach," said Haley, who appeared easy-going and relaxed, cracking jokes and laughing at times.
Let that one sink in a little. With one more win this Sunday at Kansas City, the Packers will have gone an entire 12 months without losing, logging a perfect year of a different kind. It would be Green Bay's 20th consecutive victory, just one shy of New England's NFL record 21, achieved during its back-to-back Super Bowl-winning seasons of 2003-04. A win at the struggling Chiefs (5-8) would also wrap up another piece of history for the Packers, their first No. 1 seed in the NFC playoff field since their Super Bowl season of 1996.
The play has become a Green Bay Packers staple: Aaron Rodgers drops back, lofts a pass down the sideline and one of his talented receivers turns around at precisely the right time and hauls it in around the unsuspecting cornerback.
The back-shoulder fade may be the most difficult play to defend in the pass-happy NFL.
Rodgers and unbeaten Green Bay do it better than anybody.
His name has been hot, and it has been mud. In Kansas City these days, it is at least part of the buzz on who might replace Todd Haley as Chiefs coach.
Josh McDaniels is high on the list, the polarizing former Denver Broncos head coach who's now offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams. The gambling website Bovada lists McDaniels as the second-best bet, behind only interim coach Romeo Crennel, with the odds listed Thursday at 5-to-2 that McDaniels will lead the Chiefs in 2012.
"I would say he will probably start for us," Crennel said. "Kyle was able to do more than I expected yesterday, and we gave him more today as a result of it. He seemed to have weathered the storm pretty good. We feel good right now about where he is.
"I've talked about change and distractions," Crennel said of his message this week. "When there's change, there's some uncertainty because you just really don't know what to expect sometimes, how things are going to happen, but I told them we're going to try to stay as much on schedule as we can."
Two years after joining Schottenheimer's staff, McCarthy was promoted from quality control coach to quarterbacks coach. It was then that he worked hands-on with Chiefs quarterbacks Rich Gannon, Elvis Grbac and Steve Bono.
Gannon has often credited McCarthy as a critical figure in helping his career take flight.
"I have a lot of friends in Kansas City and I have the utmost respect for the Hunt Family in the opportunity I was given there with Marty Schottenheimer and Carl Peterson," McCarthy said. "My daughter, Alex, is a Jayhawk so I'm definitely a fan of the Kansas City area."
The Kansas City Chiefs announced today that Bill Chapin has been named the club's Senior Vice President of Business Operations. Chapin brings experience from all five major professional sports leagues to the Chiefs, including his most recent roles as Vice President of Business Development for Seattle Sounders FC and Director of Marketing and Partnership Development for the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders.