Todd Haley, Scott Pioli and Matt Cassel Must Remain in Kansas City

John BartramCorrespondent IIDecember 2, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 and head coach Todd Haley of the Kansas City Chiefs observe the national anthem before a game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)
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This is the third season that Scott Pioli has been the general manager of the Chiefs. That goes true for Todd Haley and Matt Cassel as well.

Most fans, it seems, want one, two or all three gone by next year.  If you take a moment to look at it logically, that is counter-productive and will set the team back, not forward.

That is slightly over two-and-a-half years.  That would be the same period of time Herm Edwards was here—three years. 

Herm Edwards compiled a record of 15-33.  Over his last two years, the Chiefs had a record of 6-26, the worst in franchise history.

The previous general manager, Carl Peterson, gave the Chiefs a parting gift by trading Jared Allen. At the same time, Tony Gonzalez became so disenchanted he demanded a trade. Larry Johnson was getting arrested at about the same rate he was gaining yards per carry.

Since Todd Haley took over, the Chiefs' record is 18-25.  Granted, that's nothing to spit wooden nickles about. Keep in mind, however, his first year was Herm Edwards' team.  His second season the Chiefs won their first division title since 2003.

By this regime's second season, the roster had dramatically changed—for the better.

The team has added legitimate playmaking stars.  They include Eric Berry, Tony Moeaki, Dexter McCluster, Javier Arenas, Ryan Succop and, I believe, Jonathan Baldwin.  Some are better than others, but they are all starters and can contribute.

KANSAS CITY, MO - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Scott Pioli of the Kansas City Chiefs poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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Additionally, previously under-performing or under-utilized players have dramatically changed. Derrick Johnson has turned into a Pro Bowl linebacker.  Everyone criticized Haley for his treatment of Johnson in the beginning, but it must have worked.

They got rid of Larry Johnson and replaced him with Jamaal Charles.  That seems to be working out for the better.  Tamba Hali is becoming one of the better pass-rushers in the league, and Dwayne Bowe is one of the better receivers in the league.

I am by no means suggesting this is a perfect team or that there have not been mistakes. 

Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson have under-performed.  I hear constant criticism for selecting them, especially Jackson.  At the time, they were considered two of the best picks in the draft.  The NFL draft is not a perfect science.

The main point of my argument, however, is consistency.  It is also my main criticism of Todd Haley.

At the very beginning of the 2009 season, Haley fired Chan Gailey.  He took over most of the play-calling duties.  He also made a lot of mistakes that year.  He was also a rookie, which people seem to forget applies to coaches as it does to players. 

During that offseason, they did two of the best things they've ever done: They hired Charlie Weiss and Romeo Crennel.

Weiss left after one season, and there is a good chance it had a lot to do with Haley and his involvement in the offense.

This year, Bill Muir became the offensive coordinator and they hired Jim Zorn as the quarterback coach.

Nobody seems to know who's calling plays, who's running the offense and they can't even get plays out to the field.  This must change.

This is where one of my defenses of Matt Cassel comes in.  Just look at the offensive changes he, and the rest of the offense, has gone through since he's been here.  There has not been one year of consistency from the offensive coordinator, quarterback coach or whoever is calling the plays. 

Todd Haley has to fix this. 

In my opinion, the two biggest problems for the Chiefs are the offensive and defensive lines.

During this offseason, through the draft and free agency, the Chiefs must make a serious change to both sides of the line. 

Finally, no coach should be fired after the injuries the Chiefs suffered this year.  There is not a team in the NFL that would have survived losing the caliber of players the Chiefs have.  Kansas City currently has seven player on the injured reserve list, many of them irreplaceable.

Assuming all the injured players return healthy next year, this regime deserves one full year of support from the ownership and fans. 

If they draft the right players, and are more active in free agency and do not dramatically improve, I will call for the serious changes that you all seem to want now.

One year.