Todd Haley has been around this league a while, but never received national attention until his gig with the Cardinals. However, as he becomes more successful and more is known about him, he has developed quite the reputation around the league--the reputation of a hard-ass. And I realize, to many a player, that man would be the devil. It sounds like, at some point or another, all of his players hated him. Breaston's recently talked-about butthole comment proves that. Even Larry Fitzgerald, who once said something about wanting to follow Haley anywhere he went (anyone have that quote for me?), didn't have a warm-and-fuzzy relationship with him.
Now this may be hard to do, but follow with me for a minute. Stop for a second and forget about that time--well, those dozens of times--when you voted APPROVE on Todd Haley's approval poll. Forget about the AFC West championship we won last year. Forget about the talented players we do have on our roster.
Rather, think about the holes. Think back to any time in a game in the last 2 seasons when you saw a position group (I'm looking at you, O-line, D-line, and WRs) hopelessly floundering against inferior teams, such as the Broncos of Raiders. And you thought, surely the Chiefs can find SOMEONE in free agency who can play that spot better than O'Callaghan, Cox/Castille, Chambers, Tyson Jackson, etc.
Quite a number of big-name free agents have been on our radar here at AP the last few years, but pass right on by. We ask, why don't the Chiefs make a play for them? One excuse is, the Chiefs are just cheap. But what if it isn't the Chiefs choice, but the player's choice that steers them from Kansas City? How many talented veterans in the past few free agency classes has looked right on past the Chiefs team because they didn't want to play for a coach like that? Some might be afraid to clash with Haley like Boldin or Bowe did early on. Some might just be lazy.
Heck, we might not have lost many players either, without him. Without Todd, do we still have established starting safeties in Page and Pollard? Does LJ bounce back from injuries to become a competent change-of pace back to JC?
After thinking from that point of view, what do you think? Would the Chiefs be better off with a different head coach? Would they have players to fill the Chiefs' holes in their roster had the Chiefs hired a different coach? Or are we just happy with the quality of the ones who do come here and improve under Haley? Does the recent winning record make up for Haley's coaching style and attract players to Kansas City?