Just what we all expected from the Kansas City Chiefs during their bye week after two straight wins: talk about the head coaches job security.
610 Sports’ Nick Wright reported Thursday that Scott Pioli was set to fire Todd Haley if the Chiefs had lost to the Indianapolis Colts. Wright said he confirmed this with “multiple Chiefs personnel”.
Just hours after the story started to circulate, Pioli spoke with Arrowhead Pride to deny that any such plan was in motion. The GM said Wright’s report was “100 percent false”. Pioli also said there weren’t any discussions of any sort about Haley’s job security leading up to the game against the Colts.
Following Pioli’s denial, Wright quickly responded via Twitter.
For the record, the fact that Pioli would even respond to my report I think tells you all you need to know.
While I don’t doubt that Haley’s seat is hot, it’s hard to imagine that any circumstance would have (or will) presented itself that would have forced a change at head coach for the Chiefs. It simply wouldn’t make sense.
Besides the obvious injuries that Kansas City has been dealt — well out of Haley’s hands — there is no obvious successor on the staff. Romeo Crennel? Jim Zorn? Bill Muir? Not exactly a strong list of in-house candidates.
Haley will be entering the final year of his contract next season and that is when his future will be decided. A team rarely has a lame duck head coach, meaning he will either be fired or extended after this season. Firing him now — even if Pioli has already decided to move on after the season — just doesn’t add up.