Well, here we go again. The ride in Kansas City continues to go around and around, and the result continues to be nausea.
Todd Haley’s firing is not an answer to a problem. It was another dart thrown in an effort to try and hit the center of the board.
I thought that Herm Edwards needed a couple more years to prove what he could do to rebuild this team, but I was pleased when Scott Paoli came to Kansas City and hired Todd Haley. Herm was short changed, but Haley had a good reputation as a winner, and the Chiefs desperately needed a winning attitude.
Todd Hayley brought that to the Chiefs, and last year, proved that new talent and expectations to win worked. The Chiefs went from last place at 4-12 to a 10-6 record and the lead in the AFC West.
Move ahead one year. With injuries to five key players, after a ridiculous lock out, with no training camp, the team struggles, and of course, the solution is to fire the head coach.
There really isn’t a lot to say about this, but what I do know is this: if the history of the NFL had always been this short sighted and impatient, a few names might be missing from the Hall of Fame. Names like Tom Landry, Don Shula, Chuck Knoll...you get the idea.
These coaches actually built a team, put in a system and had time to develop players. The last two long term, successful head coaches, Jeff Fisher and Bill Cower, might be the last examples of coaches that were allowed to do the job that they were hired for. I am leaving out Bill Belichick, but I am not so sure that he can be fired.
The National Football League is much too impatient to let that kind of coaching success happen these days. It is do or die, win or walk, and that is not reality when it comes to being a head coach in the NFL.
This is not nuts and bolts and wheels that fit together within certain tolerances. This is personalities, injury, luck, camaraderie and the opportunity over time to make those things gel into nuts and bolts and wheels that fit together.
I don't know who will be the next entry into the coaching carousel, or how long they will stay around; all I know is that there will be another head coach in Kansas City. Someone, who will be given a chance to throw the dart and hit the red dot.
As a fan, I hope that they are lucky with their first couple of throws. They will have to be. Practice time is not allowed.
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