Haley isn't easy to work with. Haley doesn't use Jamaal enough. Haley won't shake McDaniels' hand. The headlines in the media, and many of the blurbs here at AP, are aimed at what Haley isn't. But perhaps, before we focus on what he isn't and what the Chiefs do not have going for them, we should look at what we do have, and what the Chiefs and Haley want for the future. This is not a Kool-Aid supportive viewpoint, merely the other side of the coin. Head coaches are the leaders. They are the ones who make the calls. There are some other head coaches who make the offensive play calls. Are they called hard to deal with just because they control the team and make those calls? No. It all started with head butts with certain Terrell Owens and the speculations hasn't been let go of since. It hung on Haley when he first came aboard and the Brian Waters' incident was started up. Seems Mr. Waters is pretty happy nowadays, and haven't seen any other players disliking how things are going. So, just perhaps, things aren't that bad on the Chiefs' sidelines.
Haley was third in voting for Coach of the Year after turning the Chiefs around in the coach's second year at the helm. The one person at the head of the class, may be very well what Haley and Pioli are trying to emulate in their coaching approaches....ok, really no try about it, it is what the Chiefs are doing. Look at how the Patriots produce coaches. The Dante Scarnecchia is currently assistant head coach/offensive line coach. Enter Bill Muir to the OC position at Chiefs (although will that be his title? Most of the Patriots staff beyond Belichick aren't household names, until they hit their prime. It is the Belichick show. And he was given the Coach of the Year award for his work.
So before many even say it, am I comparing Haley to Belichick?! Not necessarily. I am just pointing out that Piolio is creating the same formula for success.
But back to the media spin. Since not much news comes out of One Arrowhead Drive, the media is left to its own devices. That leads to hyped up headlines...how else are you going to capture the imagination out of readers? Stating, well no news out of Arrowhead tight lips today folks, isn't going to cut it. But the best thing to really do is to ignore the media spins on the whats and whys of they do or do not like Haley. Let's focus on the good thing we got going at Arrowhead.
I have no problem with the choice made for new OC (or assistant head coach?). I just think the timing is a bit earlier then I would have thought. Pioli is fast tracking the Chiefs' growth process, obviously. I was guessing another year, maybe two before Haley stepped into the Belichick role. I really thought another period of veteran coaching help would come in while Haley got the QB and receivers, specials teams, etc. in step. I was wrong.
But, I'll step up with another viewpoint, given the new circumstances. A quarterback coach will have to be brought in to work with Haley, Sirianni and Cassel/backups. If this fast track is going to keep from derailing, this will be a KEY.
So let the speculation begin, who will that be?