Tag:Todd Haley
Posted on: January 10, 2011 10:50 am

Todd Haley's got nothing on Bowe being catchless

Posted by Will Brinson

You probably remember what kind of game Dwayne Bowe had on Sunday, because it was remarkably unmemorable -- the NFL's receiving leader in touchdowns (he was also seventh in yards and 12th in targets) went catchless in Kansas City's lopsided 30-7 home loss to Baltimore.

But wh was Bowe so ineffective? Well, the obvious answer is that he was blanketed by the Ravens. Still, he wasn't even targeted once, and for that, Todd Haley has no answers.

"To have a game like that," Haley said via the Kansas City Star. "And one of the guys that you’ve kind of ridden throughout the year appears to be uninvolved in the plan — we’ve got to do a better job of figuring out ways to get the ball in the hands of our guys that have consistently made plays."

Yes, that is one way of saying "No, I have no idea where our collective offensive creativity went."

Because a double team -- which Bowe saw the entire day -- certainly isn't an excuse for not catching a single pass. That's why there are screens and slants and bubbles and curls and all kinds of offensive innovations. If you want someone to make some plays, you can force them the ball, even if there's not single coverage.

Bowe wasn't the only receiver to disappear in the wild-card round, though. Reggie Wayne was so ineffective (and untargeted) that he spent Saturday night complaining. DeSean Jackson was injured so he has an excuse, but his first catch didn't come until late in the second half and that's a clear sign that the Eagles are trouble.

However, the difference between those two gentlemen and Bowe is that the Chiefs' second receiving option on Sunday was Kevin Curtis, who summed up his involvement over Bowe's best.

"Probably not a good thing," Curtis said.

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Posted on: January 9, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2011 5:11 pm

Despite blowout, future's still bright for Chiefs

Posted by Will Brinson

It probably isn't fun to be a Chiefs fan right now, following Baltimore beating Kansas City down 30-7 in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

KC hung with a more talented team for the first half of what looked like a great game and then got totally dominated by the Ravens in the second half. The Chiefs sputtered offensively (Matt Cassel's three interceptions all came after halftime), they abandoned their gameplan (Jamaal Charles didn't touch the ball after the 9:45 mark in third quarter), they made critical mistakes (Dexter McCluster's fumble in the red zone on 3rd and 26, the offsides as the Ravens were punting on 4th and 3 with the game still within reach, the call to pitch outside on fourth-and-one, etc.) and they generally shot themselves in the foot. Repeatedly.

Even "The Tuck Rule" -- it apparently follows anyone who's played for the Patriots throughout their career, right? -- and an inspiring red-zone defensive effort couldn't save Kansas City from the steamroller that came out of Baltimore's locker room in the second half.

But here's the good news: 2010 was a tremendous success for Kansas City even without the team's first playoff since 1994, and that's a lesson that shouldn't be forgotten.

Here's some better news: this is a Chiefs team that appears set to contend in the AFC West for some time based primarily on a youthful core of potential superstars.

People will complain about Todd Haley's decision-making and ego, but that comes with the territory of being a brash NFL head coach who goes for it on fourth down a lot. (What doesn't come with the territory, even if you're Bill Belichick, is not having people question the decision; see above.)

But this is a team with budding stars at the skill positions -- Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Tony Moeaki and Matt Cassel provide a potent core that'll trouble AFC West defensive coordinators for what could be a decade depending on management decisions. Toss Dexter McCluster in that mix as an all-purpose home-run threat who also can decimate opponents in the special teams game and there's no reason for this team to lose its explosiveness even when Charlie Weis takes his talents to Gainesville.

On the defensive end of things, Eric Berry is the next great NFL safety (ignore the times he's been torched deep this season, because that's just being a rookie), Tambi Hali is a 2010 Pro Bowl snub that should find his way to Hawaii next year and Glenn Dorsey and Derrick Johnson have finally emerged as the talents they were picked to be.

Scott Pioli knows what he's doing in the front office too, in case the quick turnaround in KC didn't convince you, and it's a pretty safe bet that he'll find a capable offensive coordinator to replace Weis.

The schedule gets a LOT tougher in 2011 (Packers, Steelers, Vikings, Dolphins at home; Colts, Bears, Pats, Jets, Lions away) so there's a distinct possibility of regression in terms of wins for the Chiefs next year.

But the fact remains that there's sufficient talent on this roster to warrant significant optimism in 2011. Even for a franchise that just extended some ugly postseason losing streaks, that's reason enough to be excited.

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Posted on: January 4, 2011 7:49 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 8:17 pm

Hot Routes 01.04.11: Is Todd Haley a 'fraud'?

Posted by Will Brinson

Got a link for the Hot Routes? Hit us up on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL) .
  • In case you didn't read it, Jason Whitlock of FOX Sports called Todd Haley "the biggest fraud in football." Well, "quite possibly the biggest fraud in football" anyway. That's a bold statement from a guy who knows KC pretty well. 

Posted on: January 3, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 2:57 pm

Week 17 Podcast Review: coaching speculation

Posted by Will Brinson

It's hard to go through today without singing some revised Steely Dan in your head ("Wheeeeeeen Blaaaaack Monday comes!"), but remember, there was still football yesterday.

With that in mind, Andy and I break down all the action from Week 17 and examine what the outcomes of certain games mean for certain teams. Where will the Browns go now that they've fired Eric Mangini? Can Rob Ryan hang around? Who will coach the Panthers? Did the Eagles loss to the Cowboys mean anything for their playoff hopes? Do the Seahawks stand a chance of winning at home against New Orleans? Did the Jets do the right thing in resting their players? And were the Bears smart to play their starters for the entire game? 

All those questions answered (plus much, much more) -- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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Posted on: January 2, 2011 5:18 pm

Haley confirms Weis leaving to UF post-playoffs

Posted by Will Brinson

The jokes during the Chiefs loss to the Raiders on Sunday (a surprising 31-10 blowout) were that Charlie Weis had already packed his bags for Florida, where, as Josh wrote, it was all but guaranteed he'd be working next year.

After the game, Todd Haley addressed the rumors and confirmed Weis' departure, calling it "bittersweet," but providing a logical reason for the jump.

"Charlie Weis is moving on," Haley said. "He's going to go to the University of Florida as a coordinator. There was obviously a lot of speculation on that. "Charlie and I, the Chiefs, we had a bunch of real productive conversations this weekend -- really productive. This is a bitter sweet deal for me, as the head coach, because Charlie was someone I was obviously really excited to have in here."

There was also some speculation that Weis and Haley had trouble co-existing, but the logic behind Weis' not-so-parallel jump appears to be him wanting to spend time with his son.

"With that being said, Charlie is a family guy. He has a situation, a family situation, where he can go to Florida and be with his son, who is going to get into coaching. Without talking personally about Charlie, this is a great situation for Charlie. And I respect it 100 percent and we respect it 100 percent."

As Kent Babb noted on Twitter, Weis' son is going to be attending Florida in 2011, he'll be working with the football team (likely thanks to Weis' job) and wants to be a coach in the future.

So, really, there's no better opportunity for Weis to mentor his son than what he'll have in 2011, even if it means taking a step back in terms of his likely goal of once again becoming a head coach.

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Posted on: December 31, 2010 4:27 pm

Report: Gators pursuing KC's Weis as OC

Posted by Will Brinson

Earlier, we mentioned that there were rumors floating that the Florida Gators would be interested in Kansas City offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.

This speculation stemmed from the fact that Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun mentioned the rumor on his radio show, and Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported the possibility on Sunday.

Now Mort's reporting the possibility of Weis heading to Gainesville to join Will Muschamp's coaching staff is "likely" and that Muschamp, who wants a pro-style offensive coordinator for his system, contacted the Chiefs for permission to speak with Weis.

Todd Haley was asked about the rumors at his press conference on Friday.

"It would be news to me," Haley said.

But, as Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star points out, Haley certainly didn't deny any of the rumors either.

It seems, then, fairly likely that this is a move that will happen (or at least come close to happening), although Weis isn't expected to bounce from KC until after the Chiefs are done in the playoffs.

For those wondering why Weis would make such a move -- common sense dictates that moving as an OC in the NFL to an OC in college isn't even a lateral jump -- well, it would seem that perhaps Weis and Haley weren't working together perfectly and perhaps Weis sensed that the organization was taking a strong look at Josh McDaniels to replace him. McDaniels, after all, got the most out of Cassel when he ran the Patriots offense in 2008.

But then folks will also remember that McDaniels and Haley had a handshake incident this year, so perhaps that's not the greatest marriage either. Not to mention with the Chiefs coming off an AFC West championship, they'd be "messing with happy," and that's almost never smart.

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Posted on: December 31, 2010 2:05 pm

Could Charlie Weis bolt KC for Florida Gators?

Posted by Will Brinson

The Kansas City Chiefs have been a tremendous success this season, in large part because of the increased responsibilities that Todd Haley handed to coordinators Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel.

But according to what Gainesville Sun columnist Pat Dooley (by way of Sports by Brooks) preached on the radio Thursday, Weis might not hang around KC very long.

"In terms of Florida’s Offensive Coordinator, if you’re driving in your car, I want you to pull over," Dooley said on his radio show Thursday. "When I say this, you’re going to freak out. I think this is going to happen but I don’t know that it’s going to happen. That’s why you won’t see it in the paper (Gainesville Sun) tomorrow unless I get another source on it.

"I think you’re new offensive coordinator for the Florida Gators is going to be Charlie Weis."

Dooley said he's "heard this from some people in the NFL" and his reaction was "Are you kidding me?"

I'd like to second that reaction, even though ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that it wouldn't be surprising if Weis didn't return to Florida and there's a chance the Chiefs could look to hire Josh McDaniels.

McDaniels was Cassel's coordinator when he became an NFL starter after Tom Brady's injury (and subsequently a franchise quarterback) in 2008.

But still, this is a pretty crazy (and, mind you, still reported) shift in movement for coordinators, although theoretically the McDaniels hire makes sense and, I suppose, so does the Weis to Florida move. Although Weis' didn't have success at Notre Dame, he was the head coach there -- he's clearly a talented offensive mind and if he can help Will Muschamp revive the offense in Gainesville, his stock will only continue to re-rise.

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Posted on: December 30, 2010 10:09 am

Chiefs say they will play to win the game

Posted by Andy BenoitM. Cassel (US Presswire)

Back in September, few imagined that, heading into Week 17, we’d be discussing whether the Kansas City Chiefs would play their starters in the season finale or rest them for the playoffs. In recent years, Week 17 has merely been an opportunity for Kansas City’s young players to get one more week of experience.

On Tuesday, Todd Haley told the Kansas City Star that he wouldn’t be pulling a Bill Polian and rolling over. (Okay, he didn’t use the words – what Haley did say was that the Chiefs would play to win against the Raiders at Arrowhead on Sunday.)

“We’re a transitioning team,” Haley said. “Maybe some teams can look at games differently, but I know our group right now — with where we are in our development — we need to approach them the same way, which is get ready to win and put everything into figuring out how to get to three wins in this quarter (of the season).”

Makes sense. The Chiefs are not exactly a proven team. Even this season, you could argue they’re not proven. With the exception of either the Rams or Seahawks, the Chiefs have not defeated a playoff-bound team this season. (To be fair, the only non-NFC West playoff-bound team they’ve faced was the Colts, who beat them 19-10 back in Week 5).

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