Nick Wright of 610 Sports is reporting via multiple sources, that had the Kansas City Chiefs lost last week’s game to the Indianapolis Colts, Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli would have fired head coach Todd Haley.
“The decision had been made, that if the Chiefs lost to the Colts, Todd Haley would be fired,” Wright told his listeners this afternoon on his daily show.
Wright claims that he got his information from a very high Chiefs source. Wright said that, short of getting the word from Pioli himself, the source was very solid. Wright also claims he confirmed the information.
Due of the secretive Pioli, we probably won’t ever know if this is true or not. However, Wright does have legitimate sources within the organization. Wright's sources have been reliable in the past, as Wright was the one who broke the Jonathan Baldwin fight story.
We have no reason to be skeptical, in large part due to the multiple reports of a rift between Pioli and Haley. Others, including ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Yahoo’s Mike Silver, reported that Haley and Pioli weren’t getting along, and that Haley was on the hot seat.
It isn’t crazy to believe that Pioli would have fired Haley had the team started off 1-4 or 0-5, but they didn’t. Haley’s team has rallied and won two straight. Losing to the then-winless Vikings or winless Colts could have given Pioli enough leverage to cut ties.
As it stands, Haley, who appears to be in danger of a midseason firing, has bought himself more time, perhaps the rest of the season.