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Former Cowboys assistant lands Chiefs job

February, 6, 2009
2/06/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

  Haley

Former Cowboys passing game coordinator and Terrell Owens agitator Todd Haley will be named head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs later this afternoon, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Haley, a devoted reader of this blog, is another branch of the Bill Parcells coaching tree.

It's interesting that the Cowboys' coaching situation seems to be in such disarray when the staff had apparently been filled with so much talent over the years. In 2006, Jerry Jones had future Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano and Haley running his offense. It now appears he had two of the brightest young minds in the game on his staff. And when you throw in Sean Payton from 2003-05, the Cowboys have done their part to make other organizations better.

When Jones interviewed Haley for his head-coaching position after the 2006 season, the young assistant told him he would never be able to win big with Terrell Owens on his team. That story has spread throughout the league, and I think it helped Haley win a lot of respect from his peers.

Haley's lack of playing experience in college has always caused him to work that much harder to earn his players' trust. For those of you who didn't know, Haley played college golf at the University of Florida with PGA Tour star Chris DiMarco. He was brought up as a Steelers fan because his father, Dick Haley, was such a huge part of the organization.

Now he'll join Scott Pioli in trying to turn the Chiefs around. I think the late, great Lamar Hunt would be very proud of this hire.

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