Chiefs head coach Todd Haley was fired today, only three games short of completing his third full season. This came after and uninspired blowout loss to the New York Jets, where KC was only able to muster up four yards of offense in the first half.
This comes as a surprise to some for two big reasons. The first reason being that Haley led a worst-to-first turnaround in his second season in Kansas City, leading the Chiefs to a AFC West title. The second reason would be because of the all the injuries that have plagued the team make it hard to point the finger directly at the head coach. It is hard to stay competitive in the NFL when you lose key players, especially when those players are some of the brightest young stars in the league.
However, I really find it hard to disagree with this decision. The Chiefs and GM Scott Pioli wanted the team's main focus to be consistency. The Chiefs have been far from consistent this year. The Chiefs started out miserably, even before the series of injuries, but made it back to .500. Since that point, Kansas City has played very poorly on offense, and a various points it just looks like the effort is not there. In addition to the struggles this season, Haley was known to have many disagreements with the front office and coaching staff. If you put all of that together, I think it really shows that the Chiefs and Todd Haley were not a good fit.
It is safe to say that GM Scott Pioli made a mistake in hiring Todd Haley, and there should be some pressure on him to find the team's next hire. Pioli needs to build on last year's success during the offseason, whether that be in the Draft or free agency. If Scott Pioli wants "consistency" for his club, he needs to start with the offensive line.
Mathematically, the Chiefs have not been eliminated from playoff contention. That being said, I don't see things getting much better for the Chiefs, especially when Green Bay comes to town next Sunday.