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Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Todd Haley candidate for award

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The Associated Press coach of the year will be presented Wednesday evening.

Kansas City Coach Todd Haley is a likely candidate for the award. There will likely be several candidates in what many consider to be a wide-open race. Haley’s competitors include Philadelphia’s Andy Reid, Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris, St. Louis’ Steve Spagnuolo, Chicago’s Lovie Smith, Atlanta’s Mike Smith, New England’s Bill Belichick and Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin.

I wrote near the end of the regular season that Haley is the easy choice. I still think he should win. He led Kansas City to a 10-6 record in his second season as coach after the Chiefs won a total of only 10 games in the three previous seasons. It was also Kansas City's first AFC West title in seven years.

Haley completely changed the culture in Kansas City. Often coaches who direct a huge turnaround win the award. Thus, Haley has to be considered. We’ll see Wednesday night if the voters agree. What do you think? Fill the comment section of the post if you think Haley should win the award.