Chiefs end Todd Haley era

December, 12, 2011
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The Kansas City Chiefs have fired coach Todd Haley.

The move is surprising in one sense that Haley led the Chiefs to a 10-6 record last year and the Chiefs have been decimated by injuries this year as they sit at 5-8. The Chiefs were 19-27 under Haley. Haley's contract expires after next season.

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However, the move was expected in another sense because the Chiefs have lost by at least 27 points in five games this season, including Sunday in a 37-10 loss at the New York Jets. There had been several reports in the past few months that Haley – who clashed with several players – and general manager Scott Pioli had problems.

“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. “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.”

Added Pioli: “Todd helped this team in many valuable ways over the past three seasons, and I am thankful for his contributions. Unfortunately, we have not been able to establish the kind of consistency we need to continue to build a strong foundation for the future and we believe a change is important at this time.”

The Chiefs have not announced who will be the interim coach, but I would not be surprised if defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel takes over for the rest of the season. The Chiefs host 13-0 Green Bay on Sunday.

UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Crennel will be the interim coach.

I will have more on this story later.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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