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KCChiefsFan88
02-06-2009, 10:39 AM
http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/11347911/1

Chiefs just got a whole lot more fun to follow

The Kansas City Chiefs should get ready for a wild ride.

Todd Haley is coming to town.

Having spent the past three weeks focused on the Arizona Cardinals as they readied to play Super Bowl XLIII, I got to know the team pretty well. Most of the players and coaches all pretty much said the same thing about Haley, the team's offensive coordinator.

He's feisty, he's a competitor and he's a damn good coach.

A former golfer in college who didn't play football, Haley has worked his way through the ranks to become an offensive coach I respect greatly.

He isn't afraid to take chances in a league full of coaches who are. That means something -- especially to a pass-first guy like me.

I wasn't enamored with Arizona's game plan to start the Super Bowl since they didn't run the no-huddle, hurry-up offense that they used so well in the fourth quarter. I even wrote about it, questioning the tactics.

When I asked Haley about it, he gave me a straight-up football answer why they didn't do it. I didn't agree, but unlike other coaches who have their strategy questioned after games, he didn't snap. He didn't shoot me down. He answered in an intelligent, calm fashion. Respectfully, I might add.

That only intensified my belief that Haley has what it takes to succeed as a coach in the NFL.

Now it's up to new Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli to get him a quarterback he can win with, perhaps Southern California's Mark Sanchez with the third overall pick. It takes a smart, accurate quarterback to succeed the way Haley plays it.

"I'm always thinking aggressive," he said after the NFC Championship Game. "That's who I am."

Haley credits Bill Parcells for being his mentor. That's a big reason Haley rarely talked to the media in his first season with the Cardinals. At one point coach Ken Whisenhunt actually had to tell Haley to loosen up last season and get to know the media better. Why? They can help. Whisenhunt lived that when he was with the Steelers and it helped him get the Arizona job.

Haley went at it full force, which is his trait. Cardinals PR staffers said Haley would do anything they asked -- and then some. If a radio station in some out-of-the-way city wanted Haley, he'd do it.

That helped Haley get some exposure. His playoff run as coordinator only brightened it.

Now that he's going to a team with Pioli, who comes from the New England Patriots' way of closing down the ranks, here's hoping Haley stays who he was during the 2008 season, an outgoing, lively, intelligent coach.

The one concern with Haley is his sideline antics. We all saw him get into it with Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin during the NFC Championship Game, and that was not the first time. Haley is an admitted hot head.

That cannot happen now as a head coach. There is too much to do. Emotional outbursts will take away the focus from the game.

"That's something that can drive away the players," said one NFC coach. "You have to be really careful. Some of it is OK. But too much can lead to a problem."

Haley was on my coaching radar last summer. You can look it up. In our preview magazine, I did a column on 10 under-the-radar coaches who could be head-coach material sooner rather than later.

Haley was one of them. So was new Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris. I mentioned that to Morris when I saw him at the Super Bowl.

"You knew before I did," Morris said, chuckling.

No, I saw talent. Morris has it. Haley has it.

Get excited, Chiefs fans. It's going to be a lot of fun with Todd Haley. The offense won't be boring, and neither will those news conferences.

Frazod
02-06-2009, 10:40 AM
Positive articles from King AND Prisco at the same time? :eek:

Brock
02-06-2009, 10:41 AM
Now it's up to new Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli to get him a quarterback he can win with, perhaps Southern California's Mark Sanchez with the third overall pick. It takes a smart, accurate quarterback to succeed the way Haley plays it.


Uh oh. That's going to piss some people off.

Chiefs Pantalones
02-06-2009, 10:42 AM
I'm liking this hire more and more. Pioli and Haley should be a good combo...and hopefully a Super Bowl win combo.

KCChiefsFan88
02-06-2009, 10:42 AM
Uh oh. That's going to piss some people off.

It should but the Thigpen-homers have created a Dan Marino-like image of Thigpen in their minds so they probably won't realize this description is the exact OPPOSITE of Thigpen.

ChiefRon
02-06-2009, 10:43 AM
Cue the "Thigpen proved last year he could be that guy" responses...

FringeNC
02-06-2009, 10:45 AM
We are going from an extreme play-not-to-lose dinosaur to a guy who will be one of if not the most aggressive coach in the league. I love it.

Sure-Oz
02-06-2009, 10:46 AM
Hopefully we will get him that QB that will succeed.

looks like its 4 years 12 mill deal

DeezNutz
02-06-2009, 10:47 AM
We're getting some NE and SB participant sloppy seconds from the national pundits.

Show promise in '09 and it's back to prime time in '10.

Chiefs Pantalones
02-06-2009, 10:48 AM
Hopefully we will get him that QB that will succeed.

looks like its 4 years 12 mill deal

Where is everyone hearing this at?

beach tribe
02-06-2009, 10:51 AM
We are going from an extreme play-not-to-lose dinosaur to a guy who will be one of if not the most aggressive coach in the league. I love it.

This is so freaking awesome. I'm still taking this all in. No more going into a shell with 4 point lead. I'M SO FUKING GLAD HERM IS GONE!!!!!

Chiefs Pantalones
02-06-2009, 10:55 AM
Now he's gotta get rid of Gailey.

Sure-Oz
02-06-2009, 10:57 AM
Where is everyone hearing this at?

http://www.kansascity.com/sports/chiefs/story/1020945.html

Posted on Fri, Feb. 06, 2009
Source: Chiefs, Haley agree to terms
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star

Todd Haley will receive $12 million over four seasons as Chiefs head coach, a source told The Kansas City Star.

Those are the same terms of the contract signed by Herm Edwards in January 2006. Edwards was fired last month as Chiefs head coach with a year left on that contract.

Haley, who turns 42 on Feb. 28, gained prominence this season, his second as the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator. Arizona advanced to the first Super Bowl in franchise history this season mainly on the strength of Haley’s offense.

Arizona finished third in the NFL in scoring, fourth in total offense and second in passing yardage. The Cardinals set a franchise record by scoring 427 points in the regular season.

The Cardinals then advanced to the Super Bowl — where they lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers — by scoring at least 30 points in all three NFC playoff games.

The Chiefs could have pursued an established head coach such as Bill Cowher, Mike Shanahan or Jon Gruden. Instead, in hiring Haley, the Chiefs are trying to copy the success of other teams that recently hired first-time head coaches.

The Steelers (Mike Tomlin) and the Cardinals (Ken Whisenhunt) were guided by coaches in their second NFL seasons. Baltimore, which lost to Pittsburgh in the AFC championship game, was led by a rookie head coach, John Harbaugh.

Nine NFL teams will enter next season with new head coaches. Seven will be guided by rookie head coaches.

Haley will be the 11th head coach of the Chiefs. He replaces Herm Edwards, who was fired after three seasons.

He comes with a resume unlike that of any of his predecessors.

He didn’t play college football, but was a golfer. He later coached golf at Jacksonville University and worked as a golf pro in the New York City and Washington, D.C., areas.

Haley got into pro football in 1995 as a scout with the Jets, where his father, Dick, was the personnel director. He moved into coaching the next year, and his career quickly took off.

He moved from an offensive assistant to coaching wide receivers. It was also with the Jets that Haley worked with new Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, then New York’s director of pro personnel.

The two then went their separate ways. Pioli followed Bill Belichick to New England, where the Patriots won three Super Bowl championships.

Haley moved on to coach the wide receivers for the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys.

He received another big career break in 2007 when Whisenhunt brought him to Arizona to orchestrate the Cardinals’ offense. The Cardinals are loaded with talented offensive players such as wide receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, running back Edgerrin James and quarterback Kurt Warner, and immediately emerged as one of the league’s best offensive teams.

the Talking Can
02-06-2009, 11:07 AM
I LOVE IT

Mr. Laz
02-06-2009, 11:07 AM
Uh oh. That's going to piss some people off.
i agree that Sanchez fits the Arizona style offense

Sanchez = Warner-ish

but then again

Thigpen = Romo-ish

and

Stafford = Vinny Testeverde



Haley has worked with all types so who knows what is gonna happen

Fish
02-06-2009, 11:10 AM
As long as "Fun to follow" also means actually winning games with a balanced team, then this is great.

Vermeil teams were "Fun to follow" and didn't win shit.

Mr. Laz
02-06-2009, 11:12 AM
As long as "Fun to follow" also means actually winning games with a balanced team, then this is great.

Vermeil teams were "Fun to follow" and didn't win shit.
umm ..... they went 13-3 one season and were competitive the other season iirc


no .... they didn't win in the playoffs

Micjones
02-06-2009, 11:12 AM
Chiefs getting national run that isn't school-girl snickering.
I love it.

KCChiefsFan88
02-06-2009, 11:13 AM
As long as "Fun to follow" also means actually winning games with a balanced team, then this is great.

Vermeil teams were "Fun to follow" and didn't win shit.

Remember Haley has what Vermeil never had in KC... a GM who knows how to build a complete football team.

Micjones
02-06-2009, 11:15 AM
Remember Haley has what Vermeil never had in KC... a GM who knows how to build a complete football team.

FTW!

blueballs
02-06-2009, 11:24 AM
Peter N Crisco lives

Gdaddy
02-06-2009, 11:29 AM
I really like Stafford's arm. He played extremely well in the toughest Conference. Sanchez doesnt have enough experience, Carroll told us as much. Sure Carroll wanted Sanchez to stay so he could win a title next year. However, neither of the two are worth the 3rd pick, too much pressure and set up to fail. Maybe move back to grab them and pick up another pick. That would work.

TEX
02-06-2009, 11:31 AM
This is so freaking awesome. I'm still taking this all in. No more going into a shell with 4 point lead. I'M SO FUKING GLAD HERM IS GONE!!!!!

You said it. I was just thinking of the FOOTBALL HELL I've been in since Herm was named HC. But now I can see that it was all WORTH it to get to THIS point. No Herm - No Carl - NO PROBLEM! :thumb:

StcChief
02-06-2009, 11:38 AM
Will see how long the National love affair lasts.... slow news day?

Chief Henry
02-06-2009, 11:40 AM
We are going from an extreme play-not-to-lose dinosaur to a guy who will be one of if not the most aggressive coach in the league. I love it.

F'n AAAAAAA


Now we need a defense

Chief Henry
02-06-2009, 11:41 AM
Remember Haley has what Vermeil never had in KC... a GM who knows how to build a complete football team.

this

chiefzilla1501
02-06-2009, 11:48 AM
It should but the Thigpen-homers have created a Dan Marino-like image of Thigpen in their minds so they probably won't realize this description is the exact OPPOSITE of Thigpen.

Nobody has ever said that. Not even REMOTELY close.

Fish
02-06-2009, 12:10 PM
Remember Haley has what Vermeil never had in KC... a GM who knows how to build a complete football team.

OK, you do make a good point with that....

NickAthanFan
02-06-2009, 01:59 PM
I hope Pioli and Todd will still let me setup shop under their desks like Carl and Herm.

SenselessChiefsFan
02-06-2009, 02:55 PM
It should but the Thigpen-homers have created a Dan Marino-like image of Thigpen in their minds so they probably won't realize this description is the exact OPPOSITE of Thigpen.

Personally, I am not 'sold' on Thigpen, but I am not set on taking a QB at #3.

If Crabtree is there, I am fine with selecting him. I am also fine with taking the linebacker from Wake Forest.

I think most people who get labeled as Thigpen-homers, just aren't 100% sold on drafting a QB.

I just want the best player available.... and I don't really care what position they play.... so long as it is a full time starter.

JuicesFlowing
02-06-2009, 02:56 PM
I hope Pioli and Todd will still let me setup shop under their desks like Carl and Herm.

:bravo: ok.

PGM
02-06-2009, 02:57 PM
I really like Stafford's arm. He played extremely well in the toughest Conference. Sanchez doesnt have enough experience, Carroll told us as much. Sure Carroll wanted Sanchez to stay so he could win a title next year. However, neither of the two are worth the 3rd pick, too much pressure and set up to fail. Maybe move back to grab them and pick up another pick. That would work.

really like Stafford's arm. He played extremely well in the toughest Conference. Sanchez doesnt have enough experience, Carroll told us as much. Sure Carroll wanted Sanchez to stay so he could win a title next year.

Agree

However, neither of the two are worth the 3rd pick, too much pressure and set up to fail. Maybe move back to grab them and pick up another pick. That would work

Not so much. I don't see anybody willing to pay the piper and trade up to 3 and I love Sanchez as a prospect even with the lack of experience.

Fritz88
02-06-2009, 03:00 PM
nice article