Following an embarrassing 37-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, head coach Todd Haley has been relieved of his duties, effective immediately the team announced.
Owner Clark Hunt and GM Scott Pioli were both in New Jersey to see the performance against the Jets first hand and clearly had seen enough.
“This was a difficult decision but one that we feel is best for the future of the Chiefs,” Hunt said said in a statement. “Although there have been bright spots at different points this season, we have not made meaningful progress and we felt that it was necessary to make a change. We appreciate Todd’s contributions during his time with the club, and we wish him well in the future.”
After reaching the playoffs last season, the Chiefs were held back by injuries to TE Tony Moeaki, S Eric Berry and RB Jamaal Charles in consecutive weeks at the beginning of the season. Though they bounced back from an 0-3 start to the season with a four game winning streak, the Chiefs have lost five of six since that point.
Pioli, long rumored to want Haley removed, echoed many of Hunt’s comments in the statement.
“Todd helped this team in many valuable ways over the past three seasons, and I am thankful for his contributions. Unfortunately, we have not been able to establish the kind of consistency we need to continue to build a strong foundation for the future and we believe a change is important at this time.”
Expect an announcement on Haley’s interim-replacement later today at a news conference in Kansas City.