View Full Version : Chiefs Source: Haley is the new Coach for the Chiefs

02-06-2009, 12:12 PM
Haven't seen this posted

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.


02-06-2009, 12:13 PM

02-06-2009, 12:17 PM

02-06-2009, 12:17 PM
Thanks for posting. Hadn't saw this yet..............................................................................................