So I’m driving home this afternoon, listening to my friend Nick Wright on 610 Sports….
And he’s explaining how a website called Arrowhead Pride interviewed Chiefs GM Scott Pioli about coach Todd Haley. The site had quoted Pioli as saying, "We never discussed firing Todd Haley after a loss to the Colts – never happened."
Pioli clearly was talking about Nick’s comments earlier this week when he’d said if the Chiefs had lost to the lowly Colts, Haley would have been gone. Inside information.
Well, the Chiefs won two games against horrible teams. Both games were close and the Chiefs trailed in each. It was a bit odd that they won them, but clearly you don’t fire Haley after he finally wins two in a row. Most players on the team like him and they’re playing their tails off for Todd to save his job and their’s. The team’s still a bottom feeder, but it’s playing with a purpose.
However, the truth is they have very little talent outside D-Bowe and Tamba Hali.
Do I believe Nick? YES!
As most of you know, I said Todd would be gone because the Chiefs would be a doormat. I said that right after the preseason. Nick felt the same way and he knows Haley much better than I do. I’ve only spent time with Todd once at Woodside for maybe an hour working out. I liked him. He seemed like a good guy and I wish him well.
Still when three years go by and your team is bad, you get fired.
I also happen to know he quit Woodside recently and his wife had not been getting along with Pioli’s.
Whereas they used to. Another indication of a pending separation.
Nick’s telling the truth. Scott is not.
He has to lie because he can’t fire Haley if the team wins some games. The bye week was the perfect time to dump Todd, if the Chiefs were 1-4 or 0-5.
"We have decided to go in another direction. We all appreciate what Todd Haley has done but…."
You’ve heard it all before. Kinda like "we are playing to get better." God, I’m so sick of all that.
As Nick put it, "Someone has to be the scapegoat for this mess and it’s not gonna be Scott. And that leaves Todd Haley."
I agree, it makes sense and Nick is not a liar – Todd is gone. It’s just a matter of when. Unless the Chiefs really do compete and win at least 6-8 games. That’s highly unlikley but anything’s possible in the NFL.
So for now, we’ll have to wait for the "different direction" speech from Scott and Clark Hunt.
In truth, Pioli’s more to blame for all this mess than Haley, but young Hunt doesn’t have the backbone to fire Pioli.. Not now anyway, Remember how long his dad Lamar put up with Jack Steadman’s antics? And Carl Peterson’s.
Maybe after five or six years of losing – if that’s the case – Hunt will grow a pair.
This team is not really any better than when Carl left. A couple of name stars, kinda – Charles, Hali, D Johnson, Bowe and Eric Berry. Cassell is a bust – it’s now clear he’s just average and will never take this team to a Super Bowl, Never.
So, yeah Haley will be fired, likely at the end of the season. But if the Chiefs lose to Oakland and the Chargers, he may go sooner – 2-5 and he’s out. We’ll see.
Haley already knows this and accepts it.
Bottom line, Nick Wright had the guts to call the Chiefs out early on. He was pulling for them until he saw the truth in Game One. They are terrible. With the injuries he wanted to "Suck for Luck," and he was right. You need a great quarterback to win the big ones today, it’s as simple as that. And we don’t have that guy.
Bottom line; Nick told the truth and Pioli didn’t.
And nobody on this team in the front office, has invested themselves in this city.
Haley came the closest. He at least tried. If he’d stayed, I think he would have gotten there because he has it in him.
Scott, I’m afraid, is just another Carl in a different suit. Good call Nick.