- Bill Williamson, ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter
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Whenever a coaching change is made, it puts the future of some players in question. That is the case in Kansas City when the Chiefs fired Todd Haley on Monday. Let’s look at some players on the Chiefs’ roster who could be affected by the change:
Dwayne Bowe, receiver: He is a free agent at the end of the season. Bowe had his moments with Haley and was in the coach’s doghouse for a while. But Bowe responded and played well under Haley. The question is whether or not Bowe will be moved by Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli, and I don’t think the coaching change will play a big role.
Matt Cassel, quarterback: Cassel is tied more to Pioli than Haley. Cassel and Haley clashed at times, but Haley made some strides under Haley. I think Pioli is still behind him. I think the only way Cassel could be in trouble is if a strong coach is brought in and he dislikes Cassel enough to convince Pioli to make a change. If Josh McDaniels is the hire, Cassel is in great shape. The two had great success in New England and the entire Jay Cutler fiasco started because McDaniels wanted to continue to work with Cassel.
Kyle Orton, quarterback: He is a free agent at the end of the season. If McDaniels is brought in, I think he’d prefer Cassel over Orton. Remember, McDaniels drafted Tim Tebow in the first round after one year of working with Orton.
Ricky Stanzi, quarterback: He could be golden if his coach at Iowa, Kirk Ferentz, ends up in Kansas City. Otherwise, I don’t think Stanzi is affected by the hire.
Meanwhile, in Haley-firing related news:
The Kansas City Star reports Haley considered resigning as the Chiefs’ head coach last week. Haley made the right decision. I don’t think anyone would ever want to hire someone who quit on his team.
Another name to consider to replace Haley is new Miami interim coach Todd Bowles. He has Bill Parcells ties and that is important to Pioli. He is the son-in-law of Parcells. Haley was also a Parcells protégé.
Whenever a coaching change is made, it puts the future of some players in question. That is the case in Kansas City when the Chiefs fired Todd Haley on Monday.