Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders: Todd Haley Fights for His Job

Derek EstesCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 9: Todd Haley, head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts to a call by the officials during the first half of play against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Field on October 9, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
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Moving is a lot of work.

I've been getting plenty of experience with that the last couple weeks. Packing up your home in boxes and U-Hauls, lugging every piece of your existence and dropping it into a new place is no small task, even for a small family like mine. Nearly a week after closing and I still have more stuff sitting in my garage than I have set up in the house.

And don't get me started on how I feel about all the paperwork involved in actually buying a house. Isn't it bad enough that I just put myself six figures in debt without making me feel like I just murdered a small forest of trees?

While I just moved a little down the way out of Kansas City, Todd Haley could be looking at a much longer move depending on how the rest of the season goes.

Nick Wright reported rumors that Scott Pioli would have fired Haley had the Chiefs lost to the Indianapolis Colts last week. This comes after four-consecutive miserable blowouts dating back to last year.

The Chiefs won against the Colts, but was that enough to cool off Haley's seat? Kansas City took Indianapolis in a dramatic come-from-behind win, but that doesn't change the fact that the Chiefs started the game down 17 against a team missing more pieces than a busted board game box.

With the bye week over, the firing talk cooled off as the Chiefs looked at least respectable with their 2-3 record. It won't matter, though, if the next few weeks look anything like the start of Kansas City's season where they lost two games by a combined 89-10 score.


Haley will likely look over his shoulder every game this season, but he could have caught a break for this Sunday's game. The Chiefs head to Oakland this week. The Raiders have played well to date this season, but will reportedly lose starting quarterback Jason Campbell for the season.

Oakland's offense focuses on their running game, but losing Campbell could allow Kansas City to stuff the box with eight bodies and force Kyle Boller to make a couple plays. And I won't even go into who will take snaps for the Raiders if Boller goes out.

Okay, yes I will. It's punter Shane Lechler. The passing game will go further downhill, but the chances for a fake punt might go up.

Long story short, Sunday should keep the rug under Haley's feet for another week. It's never good when a player gets injured, but it does work in Kansas City's advantage.

It's a good thing, too, because when the Chiefs take the field against the Raiders on Sunday, I know what Haley is really fighting for. It isn't for a playoff shot, division title, or Lombardi Trophy.

He just doesn't want to move again.