With Haley gone, six new coordinators in division
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Todd Haley's departure from the Cardinals to become the Chiefs' head coach will give the NFC West six new coordinators for the 2009 season, including all four on offense.
Cardinals defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky are the division's only holdover coordinators from 2008 (update here). The yellow shading in the chart below shows open coaching positions in the NFC West.
Haley's hiring in Kansas City makes sense philosophically. His father, longtime scout Dick Haley, has a tremendous background in player personnel. The Chiefs' general manager, Scott Pioli, comes from New England, where he valued coach Bill Belichick's personnel knowledge.
Given family history, the younger Haley might be in better position than some coaching candidates to understand personnel and how personnel evaluators think. That might have made Haley a more comfortable fit for Pioli. The two also worked together previously, and they have strong ties to Bill Parcells, as has been widely reported.
What will the Cardinals do next? We touched on that late Thursday night. The Cardinals' intentions are not known at this time. The team released the following statement from coach Ken Whisenhunt:
"This is a tremendous opportunity for Todd and one that I know he is ready for. He was a big part of the offensive success that our team has had over the last two years. Todd is a smart, passionate coach who gets the very best out of players and those attributes will serve him well as a head coach. For us, it is flattering whenever your coaches are sought after and is a byproduct of the success our team has had. I think it speaks to the progress we have made and will continue to make as an organization. Obviously we knew this was a possibility and developed contingency plans. We now begin the process of activating those plans."