Report: Todd Haley to become Chiefs’ next head coach

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, the Chiefs have decided to offer their head-coaching job to Cardinals’ offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Todd HaleyThe Chiefs offered the position to Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley and he has accepted, FOXSports.com has learned. They are now trying to work out terms of a contract agreement.

Haley interviewed for the position earlier this week and a Cardinals player at the Pro Bowl told FOXSports.com Haley was scheduled to arrive in Honolulu for the Pro Bowl Thursday as a guest of Cardinals wideout Larry Fitzgerald, but canceled at the last moment because of the Kansas City job.
“He’s going to be a big loss for us,” another Cards player told FOXSports.com.

A different Cardinals player said, “He was really liked in the locker room, because we felt like he was always trying to figure something out for us for Sundays. He never stopped.”

Haley called the plays for the high-flying Cardinals offense that shocked the world by not only getting to the Super Bowl, but nearly winning it last Sunday.

I wonder if this means Tony Gonzalez will want to stick around now that new GM Scott Pioli has decided to hire Haley instead of a college coach. Gonzo hinted earlier this week that he might want to bolt KC if the Chiefs hired someone from the collegiate ranks.

Haley seems like a sound choice on many levels. He obviously knows what it takes for a team to reach the Super Bowl and he seems like the type of coach that can gain the respect of players. He has also already proven that he won’t take insubordination from any player and he has the smarts to draw up some dynamic game plans. Now it’s up to Pioli to rebuild the roster and give Haley talent to work with.

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