AFC West: Zorn
August, 31, 2009
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
Coach Todd Haley has taken on a lot of extra work and he will no doubt be more challenged in his rookie season as a head coach in the NFL than he thought.
But Haley trusts himself and Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli trusts Haley, too.
That’s why the Chiefs are comfortable with Haley assuming the role of offensive coordinator. Haley will also coach the quarterbacks, but he acknowledged he will get some help from other staff members.
Haley decided to take on the extra duty after former offensive coordinator Chan Gailey was relieved of his duties. The Chiefs are averaging 11 points in the preseason, which is the lowest scoring average in the NFL this preseason.
Haley called plays in Arizona and he is a quarterback specialist. So, he can handle these extra jobs. He is not the only coach in the league who will also call plays. Others include Norv Turner in San Diego, Ken Whisenhunt in Arizona and Jim Zorn in Washington.
The key for Haley will be to delegate, especially on defense. There is nearly as much pressure now on defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast as Haley. Haley wall have less time to work with the defense. So, he will have to rely on Pendergast to keep his side of the ball afloat.
Often head coaches help extensively on the other side of the ball that is not their area of expertise. Haley simply won’t have time. He will make the final calls if need be, but he needs help from Pendergast.