At today’s press conference to announce the firing of Todd Haley as the Kansas City Chiefs head coach, the owner of the Chiefs, Clark Hunt, took questions from the media to help explain the situation and where the Chiefs go from here.
Hunt opened up the proceedings with some opening remarks that gave some framework of understanding the decision.
“This has been a very difficult day for the Chiefs as we’ve parted ways this morning with head coach Todd Haley. These types of decisions are never easy, but ultimately we felt that we had to do what was in the best interests of the football team. As I’ve said many times before, our goal is to build a team that can consistently compete for championships and one that our fans can be proud of. While there have been some bright spots throughout this season, it is clear to me that we are not making enough progress toward that goal. I do believe that we have a strong foundation in place with a core group of talented players and I am confident in the future of the team.”
Later on, Hunt and Scott Pioli were asked about the timing of firing Haley with three regular season games left and two weeks before Christmas. Hunt fielded the question:
“Timing in these situations is always difficult. There never seems to be a right time. We just felt that the inconsistent play that the team had experienced throughout the season, including yesterday’s game, made today the right day to do it. We want to give the guys a chance to end the season on a high note and mathematically we’re still alive for the playoffs. We wanted the guys to go out and face the Green Bay Packers and play to the best of their ability and we thought a change was important at this time.”
The Chiefs will now turn to Romeo Crennel to serve as interim head coach for the next three weeks.