Let me preface this post with the following; I like and admire Todd Haley and think overall he is doing well as HC of the team. Now there are two prevailing coaching styles that both work , in my opinion. In one, the coach, much like Chan Gailey, adapts his philosophy to his players strengths. We say that when we lost a couple of qb's and had to play Tyler Thigpen. The other style is to push your "will" or philosophy on the team regardless of talent available. This is Haley's style I believe.
Let me take you back of few decades to an old coach we had on the Chief's named Marv Levy. We had crapola for talent, sound familiar. It should since we had much of it over the years here in KC. Anyway, Marv installed the single wing offense in the then modern era of pro football because we had crapola for qb's and receivers. So we ran and ran and ran. It wasn't fun or pretty, but gave us a slight chance to hang in the game by grinding the clock.
Fast forward to our present team. Last year in preseason our qb, Matt Cassel, looked very comfortable in the no-huddle, spread offense out of the shotgun formation. The offense ran smoothly, of course that was preseason, and many including myself thought we'd see this some of the time all season long. It appeared to me it was geared to this teams strengths.. However I don't recall seeing it much and Weis was stymied in this by Haley, or so I believe.
From outside looking in, it appears to me that Haley wants to run a variation of the old Giants offense when Parcell's was coaching them to the Super Bowl. That in itself is not a problem, and I actually think it a very good offense. However, our team is not talented enough (yet) to be really efficient in this style. This is part and parcel why Coach Weis is no longer with the team, my opinion anyway. He was stymied by HC Haley from attacking like he wanted to as Haley wants to attack his way. This wasn't a real big problem as long as we played our so called "cupcake" schedule. Against good defenses it was readily apparent that we didn't have the talent to attack the opponents successfully in the way Haley likes.
Until we have a better line and receivers will will have issues attacking with success against good teams. Our schedule is going to be full of better teams this year, less "cupcakes", and we will have our difficulties unless we are able to rectify the talent situation somehow. I really do not think Haley will adapt his philosophy to the teams talent, but will keep pushing with want he wants. Again I respect that and it is his right to do as he sees fit. And maybe somehow we get enough players to make this offense GO. As it is now it will sputter along like a car needing a tune-up. I really hope we get some upgrades as I want to see the O, GO.
Yeah, I know I could be wrong with this assessment. I am wrong about alot of stuff. But I needed to put this out here at AP and see if other Chief's fans see things in a similar fashion. Regardless of what Haley does or doesn't do, or what I think (or anyone else), I want our team to win. Being successful year in and year out with an occasional championship would be ideal and I think overall that is the direction we are heading. So GO Chief's!!!