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.
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.