In his first in-depth comments about his relationship with coach Todd Haley, Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli told the Kansas City Star he believes the two have a good relationship.
There have been rumblings that the two men have a torn relationship and there was a report Pioli was considering firing Haley earlier in the season. The Chiefs started the season 0-3, but they now are 4-4 and tied for first place in the AFC West with Oakland and San Diego.
“I think he’s doing a good job of growing into the job,” Pioli told the paper. “He’s adjusted well to changes in personnel, changes in roster. He’s adjusted well to staff changes. This team has continued to evolve and continued to develop. Players have developed well. That’s Todd and the whole coaching staff.
“I think it’s a good working relationship. I really do. We’re both focused on the same thing, which is winning football games.”
I have been asked about Haley and Pioli’s relationship often. I, too, heard chatter -- dating back to the spring -- that there were potentially issues in Kansas City. It is predictable that the talk became public when the Chiefs were losing. But the bottom line is that both Pioli and Haley have done a good job with this franchise since they came to Kansas City in 2009. This is a team on the upswing and as long as that continues, the relationship will march forward.