The Chiefs announced that head coach Todd Haley has been fired after the teams awful loss Sunday to the Jets.
“This was a difficult decision but one that we feel is best for the future of the Chiefs,” Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement released by the club on Monday. “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.”
Under Haley, whose contract runs through the 2012 season, the Chiefs were 19-26 in the regular season and 0-1 in the post-season, a 30-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the 2010 Wild Card Playoffs round after winning the AFC West last season.
No interim head coach has been been announced, but defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel will be the interim head coach for the final three games, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
As for long-term options, St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is already being mentioned as a possible candidate. While McDaniels has not done much to improve the Rams offense, he has head coaching experience, is a Bill Belichick disciple who was with Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and quarterback Matt Cassel with the New England Patriots.
Another option is Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz, who Pioli had looked at when he first accepted the general manager position with the Chiefs. Ferentz’s son, Brian, currently coaches the tight ends with the Patriots.