After seeing the game today, the question about whether the Chiefs will retain Todd Haley’s services after the seasons ends came up. It came up once before, after the Chiefs dropped 3 in a row, but was silenced when they started winning. Now after 2 home losses, the critics and fans will be calling for a change, and I think Scott Pioli and Clark Hunt will oblige!
During Haley’s 3 year run up to this last blowout loss, Kansas City has a home record of 10-11. Even with the leagues loudest stadium, the Chiefs cannot even manage 50% at home; granted, there hasn’t been much to cheer about lately. The Chiefs play 8 games at home every year, and if they wanted to make the playoffs they would need to win at least 6 of those games, meaning they would need to pick up at least 4 road wins. Keep that number handy, we will use it again shortly!
Since Haley took over in 2009, the Chiefs have a division record of 6-10. The Chiefs play each divisional opponent twice, so there are 6 for a season. They still have 2 more this year, and those are looking any better. OAK here in KC, and then in DEN. Might be 2 more losses after all is said and done! Over the last 10 full seasons, the AFC West Division champion has a record of 47-15, so basically win 5 in your division, and your in! Someone tell that to the 2010 Raiders who swept the division, and missed the playoffs!
So remember that home record from before? (6-2) So if they already won 3 division home games from the previous segment, that would make 2 additional division away games, so now their record would stand at 8-3, and they only need 2 more wins outside of Arrowhead, and outside of the division…very feasible considering they have 5 games remaining!
Since Haley took over in 2009, the Chiefs overall record has not been too impressive. Just a measly 18-23 (44%). Not the worst head coach in the last decade…that honor belongs to Herm Edwards who went 15-33 (32%). I am not 100% sure why Haley has failed so miserably? Some people claim that it is Cassel’s fault. But how can it be his fault, when the offensive scheme is a run first mentality, and only rely on him not to turn the ball over? Some may claim that injuries have taken over the team this year…true, but along the front lines of both the offense and defense, where there have been no major injuries to speak of, there is either no protection or no pressure!
Then there are those that argue about a tough schedule. Ha! Last year was an easy schedule, and the Chiefs made it look hard. They tried handing out wins as if they were giving candy to trick-o-treaters!….This year is a tough schedule. They have played hard in some games, but in others, have came out completely flat! There is somethings wrong with this team and since it cannot be narrowed down to one position or a single player, unfortunately, the head coach will bite the bullet!
A head coaches job is relatively simple … on paper! Win Games, Keep Your Job! The fine print would read something like, “Especially win home games with the loudest stadium in the NFL, and win division games against opponents you see 2 times a year!” I have outlined that by winning 75% of your home games and 5 of 6 of your division contests, you can easily have an 8-8 season. Just win 2 more on the road and your should be a lock each and every year for the post-season!
The Chiefs have not won a playoff game since 1993. During the time since, the Chiefs have played in 6 post season contests, and lost everyone of them! Sometimes, as the favorite sometimes as the Wild-Card. They all had the same outcome! The Chiefs are looking for playoffs games, but more importantly, they are looking for a playoff win, and 1 post-season run in 3 years, is not going to keep you your job!