Chiefs fire coach Haley

The Chiefs fired head coach Todd Haley less than a year after winning a division crown....

The Chiefs fired head coach Todd Haley less than a year after winning a division crown. (REUTERS/Dave Kaup)

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KANSAS CITY - Todd Haley became the second coaching casualty of the NFL season on Monday, fired by the Kansas City Chiefs less than a year after leading the club to a surprising division title.

The Chiefs went from 4-12 in Haley's first season of 2009 to 10-6 with an AFC West crown last year, but the team stumbled out of the gate this year and is just 5-8 after Sunday's 37-10 loss to the New York Jets.

Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel will guide the Chiefs for the remaining three games this season. Crennel was the head coach for the Cleveland Browns from 2005-08 and posted a record of 24-40.

"This was a difficult decision but one that we feel is best for the future of the Chiefs," said Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt in a statement on Monday. "Although there have been bright spots at different points this season, we have not made meaningful progress and we felt that it was necessary to make a change. We appreciate Todd's contributions during his time with the club, and we wish him well in the future."

After a 30-7 home loss to Baltimore in the AFC playoffs last January, the Chiefs lost offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, as he decided to take a similar role at the University of Florida and is now the head coach at Kansas.

Kansas City scored just 27 points in dropping its first three games this year, then won four in a row before its most recent run of five losses in six games.

The Chiefs, who lost running back Jamaal Charles to a torn ACL in the second game of the season and quarterback Matt Cassel to a broken hand in November, have not scored more than 10 points in their last six games.

"Todd helped this team in many valuable ways over the past three seasons, and I am thankful for his contributions," Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said Monday. "Unfortunately, we have not been able to establish the kind of consistency we need to continue to build a strong foundation for the future and we believe a change is important at this time."

The Chiefs were 19-26 during Haley's tenure. He was named the team's head coach in February 2009 after a two-year stint as the offensive coordinator with the Arizona Cardinals, who were just coming off a loss to Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl.

Jacksonville's Jack Del Rio was the first head coach let go this season, fired on November 29.


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