Todd Haley adds 14 new coaches (kind of)

September, 28, 2010
9/28/10
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The Kansas City Chiefs are having fun.

Continuing to use the sometime unusual methods of his mentor Bill Parcells, Kansas City Todd Haley dipped into his bag of tricks for a different, but fun bye-week practice Tuesday.

Haley told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen he assigned 14 players (the Kansas City Star has the player-coach lineup) to coach Tuesday. The player-coaches, mostly veteran leaders, were dressed in coaching garb and they helped instruct their teammates during drills.

"It was a great day. I'm very fired up about how they responded," Haley told Mortensen.

This is another important step in Haley’s relationship with his players. Last year, things were rocky at times as Haley worked hard to change the atmosphere in Kansas City. Clearly, his players have bought in.

Tuesday’s exercise was a lesson to all players stat they are valued for their knowledge and that this season is a full-team effort. The Chiefs are not a finished product, but this shows that Haley is always thinking of new ways of teaching his team and keeping it fresh.

It may be another reason why Haley has to be considered as a strong early candidate for the NFL coach of the year.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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