- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Jon Baldwin is not Kansas City coach Todd Haley’s first rodeo when it comes to dealing with difficult receivers.
A lot has been made about the Kansas City Chiefs drafting the receiver with the No. 26 overall pick. The Pittsburgh receiver earned a reputation for being difficult in college.
Haley has dealt with several receivers who were known for being “divas.” Thus, because of Baldwin’s potential -- he’s 6-foot-5, 230 pounds and can make the spectacular catch -- and Haley’s history of working with these types of players, it could be a worthwhile risk.
Here is a look at Haley’s history of working with receivers:
In the late 1990s, Haley coached the Jets receivers. Under Haley’s guidance, Keyshawn Johnson thrived and made the Pro Bowl. Johnson went on to have some difficult relationships with coaches later in his career, but Johnson and Haley remain close.
As Arizona’s offensive coordinator, Haley had a classic sideline blowup with receiver Anquan Boldin during the NFC championship game against Philadelphia. Haley and Boldin downplayed the incident and along with star Larry Fitzgerald, Boldin excelled in Haley’s system.
In 2009, in his first season in Kansas City, Haley clashed with Chiefs’ receiver Dwayne Bowe in training camp. Bowe spent much of the season in Haley’s doghouse. Yet, in 2010, Bowe responded to Haley’s tough love and become a Pro Bowl player.
Baldwin is entering a situation in which he will be challenged and if he revolts, it won’t be anything new for his head coach. He’ll be able to handle it.