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Back in October, Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley went on ESPN's Jim Rome Is Burning and was asked a question: "Can you pinpoint when the thing started to turn, specifically?"
Haley's answer wasn't simple. In all, his answer took three minutes and nine seconds and touched on basically every major topic surrounding the Chiefs.
Rome's response: "My man, that might be the most thorough answer in the history of this talk show. That was absolutely incredible. You should be proud of yourself. That was amazing. I better jump in there right now or I won't get another chance."
Speaking at the 2011 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, Haley's latest work would make Rome jealous.
Haley took the podium around 12:15 p.m. and immediately opened the floor to questions. Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star kicked things off with this nine-word question: "Todd, are you going to call the offensive plays?"
The result: a five minutes and 46 second answer that didn't specifically answer the question (because he hasn't decided yet). Teicher's response: "You could have saved yourself a lot of trouble if you had just said, 'Yes I'm calling the plays', or 'No I'm not calling the plays'." (Yeah, Haley laughed a little at that.)
Make the jump if you're curious what five minutes and 46 seconds look like typed out. Video of the interview is at KCChiefs.com.
"Adam, you're relentless. What I will say on that is that I'm truly excited about the steps we were able to take this offseason with the appointment of Bill Muir as offensive coordinator. Quickly on Bill, a guy that's been in the league for 40-plus years, has been a defensive coordinator [and] an offensive coordinator in the league at different places, [and] has won a Super Bowl as a coordinator. I'm really excited about the opportunity and the ability, in a difficult situation, again, a pretty thorough search, both in-house and out.
"I've got a couple of really good guys on staff already in Mo Carthon, who has been in that position and has been one of my close friends, co-worker and peers more than anyone else on staff going back to the New York Jets. Mo is a great coach. He's been a big part of what we've been able to to do successfully throughout the team. He's the assistant head coach. He's had such a big impact on our running game, in the development of Jamaal Charles, integrating Thomas Jones into the mix, and the continued development of some of the guys already on our roster.
"It was a difficult decision but Bill Muir is deserving of the opportunity. He will do a great job. He's already off to a fast start. He runs a tight ship. But, again, one of the important factors in that decision for me, going into the future, was the development of not only our players, which has been going very well, but the development of our coaching staff.
"One of the things that I'm really excited about with our staff is the mix of veteran coaches like Maurice [Carthon], Bill Muir, Gary Gibbs, Emmitt Thomas, some of those guys, and then an up-and-coming group of bright, young coaches that have a real future in the NFL. The development of those guys will be very critical to the Kansas City Chiefs success. It takes the right fit and mix, so to speak, to allow that to happen.
"I think it's happening on defense with our young coaches on defense like Otis Smith, Adam Zimmer, Anthony Pleasant, and I know it will really begin to happen with our young offensive coaches like Richie Anderson, Bernie Parmalee, Nick Sirianni [and] Pat Perles. So I'm excited about Bill Muir.
"In addition, to be able to get a guy like Jim Zorn, who though we've never worked together, he's a guy who I've always admired from afar. I've always been very, very impressed with Jim and the work he has done with quarterbacks specifically. Along with what I just spoke about the development of our coaches, the other equally most important aspect of these hirings was that we got somebody to specifically coach Matt Cassel and our quarterbacks because their development is also equally critical to our future success. I just thought it was very important to have truly a quarterback coach, who has a unique perspective.
"One of the top quarterback coaches in the league, in my opinion, from the standpoint of getting guys better both mentally and physically, The physical part is a big aspect of this because there are very few quarterback coaches in the league, in my opinion it's like the golf swing, you can see something's wrong at times with different quarterbacks but how you go about correcting, improving and changing is a delicate line with quarterbacks on any level. I'm really excited about Jim Zorn. He's got head coaching experience in the league which was another important aspect of offering him the job.
"But No. 1 is coaching the quarterbacks, he's very good from an offensive standpoint, ideas and game planning. He's been there and done it. Played the position for 11 years in the NFL. Coached in college for another nine or 10 years and I think we came into the league about the same time in 1997 or so as coaches. This is an experienced guy, energetic and excited about the opportunity.
"I really feel like we made progress as a staff and I feel like we've done that each and every year. The changes have become less, which is important also. When you start in late February like I did a couple years ago, and this is no disrespect to anyone who has coached for us, but it takes a little time to get this thing the way you want it and then when there's changes that come up it makes it a little more difficult. But I'm really happy with the way things went and I'm excited to see how it all plays out."