Clark Hunt Offers Words Of Support — Not Contract Extension — For Todd Haley

Just as the “Suck 4 Luck” campaign was starting to gain steam among many Kansas City Chiefs fans, there was also a feeling that head coach Todd Haley was on his way out.  Reports started to surface that he wasn’t getting along with GM Scott Pioli and even that Haley’s job was on the line when the 0-3 Chiefs took on the Indianapolis Colts.

Owner Clark Hunt was noticeably silent as Haley’s seat started to warm up, leaving rumors to swirl all their own.  Now that his franchise has won three in a row and about to take the national stage, Hunt spoke with Adam Teicher about Haley’s job security.

“Making a head coaching change is not something we’re contemplating.”

With the dust having settled, Hunt was also more than happy to speak out about the Haley-Pioli relationship.

“They work very well together.  They have a shared vision for the kind of football team they’re trying to build.”

It’s always good to get a view on the team from the owner, but I have to wonder where this stuff was three weeks ago?  Instead of stepping up and putting down a report from Pioli’s buddy Michael Lombardi, it’s odd that Hunt waited until all was well in Kansas City to speak out.

One thing Hunt didn’t want to talk about was Haley contract, which only has one season left.

“I don’t think it serves a purpose for me to publicly discuss anybody’s contract situation… Those types of things tend to take care of themselves at the right time.”

This offseason is when Haley either gets a contract extension or is replaced.  Coaching as a lame duck sends a terrible message to your team and will almost certainly be reflected in the way they play (see: Sparano, Tony).  There’s nothing wrong with Hunt waiting until February to get a deal done, but if he’s sure that Haley is the right man for the job — and it sounds like he does — there’s no better time than the present to get a deal done.

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