The story spread like wild fire on Monday: Charlie Weis was stripped of his play calling responsibilities at halftime of the Kansas City Chiefs 30-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Many sites — including ours — passed on a report that the offensive coordinator was out on the town saying Haley stepped in.
It didn’t take long for the question to come up in Haley’s final press conference of the season. It took even less time for the head coach to squash the idea.
“Absolutely not true.”
And so it would appear, that was that.
While I take Haley at his word, there’s no reason for me to believe that Weis wasn’t telling people that’s how it went down. Unfortunately for the Chiefs head coach, he has no way of knowing if that’s true either.
No matter how it all went down, it’s something that shouldn’t linger. After all, Haley has a new play caller to hire… or does he?
“What I want to make sure is that I do what is best for our team and gives us the best chance to succeed,” Haley said as he was sure to keep things fairly generic.
“I don’t think it is ever easy to make decisions in this league but I have guys that will definitely help me and I just want to get it right.”
Hey, getting it right would be letting someone that knows the offense inside and out call the plays, right? After the Weis situation, having someone that is on the same page as the head coach would be a good start too.
If Todd Haley isn’t the perfect candidate, I’m not sure who is right now.
None of this is to say that Haley won’t or shouldn’t hire an offensive coordinator. After all, we saw how poorly things went last year as he attempted to juggle being the head coach and OC.
There’s no reason the Chiefs can’t learn from their young head coach’s previous mistake by hiring a coordinator but leaving the primary play calling duties in the hands of Todd Haley.