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Clearly, Todd Haley's Hat Is To Blame For Chiefs 1-3 Start

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We can criticize Kansas City Chiefs Todd Haley for a lot of things after the 1-3 start. We can point to the way he handled training camp. We can point to his aggressiveness during games. We can point to his offensive game plans. We can say he's too laid back. We can say he's too hard on his players.

There are a lot of things to criticize the coach for after he starts 1-3 and it seems most reporters are angling in on one of those topics above.

Except....for Jack Harry. He says part of the blame for the Chiefs 1-3 start should go to....Todd Haley's dirty hat and unshaven face.

Contrast Haley's appearance with the dapper Hank Stram who used to patrol the sidelines in that dark blue blazer and red vest and the top hat, strutting with that rolled up game plan in his hand. Stram always, well groomed and well spoken, made a habit of winning football games and going to super bowls and even winning one. He exuded confidence and came across as a coach in total control.

(Editor's note: As someone who is unshaven much of the year, I strongly disagree it's a bad look.)

At a time when the Chiefs are 1-3 and statistically looking like one of the worst teams, this is the criticism on Haley. 

It's one thing to criticize a coach about how he looks, and I'm not necessarily against that because he's the face of the organization, but it's another thing to somehow extrapolate that into an actual reason for the Chiefs losing games. It's a sign that Haley's "overmatched and just trying to hold on"?

Do the players even notice what he wears? Do they not work as hard because Haley is superstitious and wears an old hat

I understand the criticism about how he looks but I'm of the belief that it has absolutely nothing to do with how the Chiefs perform on the field, in practice or on game days. It certainly doesn't hurt the Patriots when Bill Belichick wears sweatshirts with the sleeves cut off. 

Harry goes on to examine the sideline yelling match between Haley and Chiefs QB Matt Cassel and comes to the conclusion that "nothing good can come from such a display in public."

Except wins, of course. Let's take a look at a few of the most famous Todd Haley sideline blow-ups and the results of those games. (Note: I came up with these off of memory. Let us know in the comments of others you remember.)

January 2009: Haley and Cardinals WR Anquan Boldin get into a now-famous sideline yelling match. The result: Cardinals win the game and head to the Super Bowl.

November 2009: TV cameras catch Haley screaming at assistant coach Maurice Carthon in a game against the Raiders. The result: Chiefs win the game, one of four wins all year.

December 2010: Barry Richardson screams at and pushes an assistant coach. Haley's not really involved but ... The result: Chiefs beat the Broncos en route to a 10-win season.

October 2011: Haley and Cassel get into a dust-up on the sidelines. The result: Chiefs win their first game of the season.

My point is that there are a lot of legitimate reasons we can criticize Haley but these missed the mark.