Chiefs want to interview Haley

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

All the Todd Haley talk in Kansas City now has some substance to it.

The Kansas City Star is reporting that the Chiefs have asked permission to interview the Arizona Cardinals' offensive coordinator for the their opening at head coach.

Haley has been heavily connected to the open job. There haven't been any other names reported, although Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz and Kansas City offensive coordinator Chan Gailey's names have been mentioned.

Haley could be a popular choice because the Cardinals performed so well on offense in 2008 during their unlikely run to the Super Bowl. Also, Haley's mentor is Bill Parcells, who is new Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli's father-in-law.

It's been long assumed that Haley is Pioli's first choice for the job to replace the fired Herm Edwards. This development certainly won't sway anyone from thinking that Haley will end up being the Chiefs' coach.

There has been talk that the Chiefs want to name their coach this week. Team NFL combine starts in two weeks and whoever the new Kansas City coach is will have to assemble his staff quickly.