Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley was honored Saturday night at the 101 Awards as AFC Head Coach of the Year following the greatest single-season turnaround the team has ever seen. Haley was presented the award by his father, Dick, and credited his coaches and players for his success in Kansas City.
“When you are a new coach coming into a situation, (players) have to take a leap of faith,” Haley said. “I’m not always the smoothest or the nicest guy, at least at the start, and our guys had to take a leap of faith and had to believe in what I was asking them to do and they did that over a two-year period.
“I just could not ask for more than what they have given and I’m standing up here today because of their sacrifice, their hard work and their dedication. They truly put themselves out there and their lives on the line every day for this great team. I’m being honored, but this is for my coaches and our players that have given so much.”
Very cool moment for Haley and his father.
He talked about how people in Kansas City are tired of hearing about his father, but I don’t think that’s accurate. When you are trying to figure out the type of coach and man Haley is, you have to look at two people: Dick Haley and Bill Parcells.
You might not like all of his tactics, but to this point it’s hard to argue with the way Haley goes about his business. And as for those few in the media that like to call the Chiefs head coach nothing but an egomaniac, he sure does give a lot of credit to the people around him now and those that helped to get him to this point in his career.