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Keyshawn Defends Chiefs Coach Haley

Former NFL player and current ESPN broadcaster Keyshawn Johnson defended Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley.  The two are familiar with each other as Haley's father, Dick, drafted Johnson in 1996 while the younger Haley was his position coach with the New York Jets and years later with the Dallas Cowboys.

"Todd grew up around football," Johnson said via John Harris of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He coached me to two Pro Bowls. His father drafted me with the Jets,'' said Johnson.

"Here's a guy that (supposedly) doesn't know anything about football, but I got two Pro Bowls out of him."

Haley's promotion to receivers coach came in 1999 with the Jets.  Johnson already had one Pro Bowl under his belt but Haley helped him keep it up to earn another berth in 1999.

I think Johnson's words are important because it's, gasp, a former player that actually likes Haley.  When we talk about Haley, some point out how players react to him.  With his hard-nosed style, why would any free agents choose to come here, we ask.

Well, according to Johnson, he didn't have a problem playing for him.  It probably doesn't hurt that Haley has said Johnson is the best he's ever coached.  That includes Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals, who has also consistently pointed to Haley as a major factor in his career ascension.  Kurt Warner also says Todd had a lot to do with the Cardinals offensive prowess.

Even Anquan Boldin said he wouldn't mind playing for a Haley-coached team.

While there are players like Bernard Pollard who feel they didn't get a fair shake with this new Chiefs regime, I think it's only fair that we point out when players feel Haley helped them become better players.