At some point, Tight End Tony Moeaki, will undergo season ending knee surgery. For those needing a recap, he was hurt midway through the second quarter after catching a crossing pattern. Players such as Quarterback Matt Cassel, running back Jamaal Charles and Safety Eric Berry thankfully weren't injured as serious as the teams starting tight end.
Haley's decision to play so many of his front line players was simply too risky. In fact, that act alone tells me that Haley is looking over his shoulder and wondering where his next job might be in the NFL.
It's one thing to be different it's another to do something that places your team in harms way.
It hasn't been a very good training camp or preseason for the Chiefs third year head coach. Now he faces the daunting task of trying to somehow mend the fractions in his locker room that have stemmed from Jones vs. Baldwin - that I'm told still run deep. And also get his football team, who at times has looked lost on the field, to be ready to face the Buffalo Bills in the season opener next Sunday.
He must somehow curtail the anger he displayed so loudly on Thursday night that was picked up on the local television broadcast - where he angrily chewed out Matt Cassel and offensive coordinator Bill Muir.
Instead Haley needs to gain some perspective. The roster he chose on Saturday is irrelevant to the Chiefs success this season. What he has to do now is choose what kind of NFL head coach he wants to be going forward.
When Haley was at his best a year ago, he left the offense and defense to his coordinators, Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel. When Haley got in his own way late in 2010, the Chiefs offense fell to pieces.
With Weis down in Florida, it's becoming painfully clear that Haley, who wants to run the offense, is duplicating the coaching style as he did in year one when the Chiefs went 4-12. He's ignoring the strides he made last season until the second half of the Tennessee Titans game - when he stripped the offense away from Weis and pulled his starting quarterback.
On Thursday night with Haley chewing on his offensive coordinator, Bill Muir, it negated the job of both men to focus on running the Chiefs offense to the peak of efficiency.
Everyone knows at some point Haley is going to call all the plays. So before this gets out of hand, Haley just needs to run the offense from the sidelines now and leave well enough alone.
I do believe that Todd Haley has the chops to be a good NFL Head Coach. It just might not mature in Kansas City. He did a great job a year ago. But that was last year and Haley can't cash those chips this season.
I'm afraid that he tried too buck a trend that's been part of the NFL for decades upon decades. It's one thing to look outside the box, it's another to let that box potentially crush your coaching career.
The NFL is a results business and thus far in 2011, Haley has two strikes against him. One for his lackadaisical approach to the physical nature of training camp and his decision to play the regulars beyond the point of common sense in the teams final exhibition game.
It will be those facts, more than the potential wins or losses, that could determine what General Manager Scott Pioli does with his head coach should the Chiefs struggle out of the gate this season.
And that's an ominous cloud that this team doesn't need hovering over them to start the 2011 season.
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Haley has to change his ways if not it could be a long season in Kansas City. Agree or disagree?
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