Todd Haley is out as head coach of the Chiefs. Earlier this year, we talked about the reported rift between GM Scott Pioli and Todd Haley. There were reports Pioli was set to fire Haley earlier this season, but then Kansas City went on an mini-run following the dreadful start, winning 4 straight to briefly get above .500. Todd Haley acted like he was in Office Space. He started growing a full beard and looked as if he never showered. He seemed like a man resigned to his fate, and he was going out like a maverick.
Then QB Matt Cassel got hurt, and Tyler Palko was the alternative. Over the last 6 games, the Chiefs have scored 45 points, and the two touchdowns were a Hail Mary and a quasi-Hail Mary through a sea of hands in New York in garbage time. That is the third lowest total over a 6-game stretch since 2002, behind only the 2008 Browns (31 points from games 11 to 16) and 2009 Raiders (42 points from games 2 to 7).
Haley lost his cool on the sidelines (again) in New York and was penalized in a second half, something that rarely happens to coaches for sideline behavior. Watching Palko (16-of-32 passing, sacked five times) probably set him off. Pioli had enough, whether it was the antics, or the fact that the Chiefs have now lost 5 games by at least 27 points this year.
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