The Offensive Coaching Tree

As we continue into the abyss known as the NBA Playoffs, and the Royals current swoon continues, I thought it would be of interest to explore our coaching staff and its origins.

It is well documented that our head coach, Todd Haley, was the son of Dick Haley, the former player personnel director for the Steelers and the Jets. Haley, a former golfer at the University of Florida, became involved with the Jets in 1995 in the scouting department. In 1997, he became offensive assistant for quality control under the tutelage of Charley Weis. During his time with the Jets, Haley befriended Scott Pioli.

Mr. Haley would later again work with Bill Parcells (Pioli’s father in law) as wide receivers coach for the Cowboys in 2004-2006. Thus the relationship of Haley-Parcells-Pioli-Haley is well documented, as Todd’s father now works for Bill Parcells as a player personnel analyst for the Dolphins.

Maurice Carthon is the assistant head coach for the Chiefs. A former tight and running back out of Osceola, Arkansas and Arkansas State, Maurice is best known as Herschel Walker’s blocking back for the New Jersey Generals, a former USFL team owned by none other than Donald Trump. He subsequently won two super Bowl Rings with the Giants and became a favorite of Bill Parcells.

After retiring as a player in 1992, he began his coaching career in 1994 as running backs coach for the New England Patriots. Maurice ascended the coaching tree, becoming the offensive coordinator for the Browns in 2005. After a miserable 2005 season — scoring only 232 total points in 16 games — the Dawg Pound coined the phrase “MO Gotta Go.” He was fired six games into the 2006 season after scoring a league low 88 points. Prior to joining the Chiefs, Maurice worked with Todd Haley as the running backs coach for the Arizona Cardinals.

The purpose of this series is to show that these men usually have a history of working together, and more often than not have had similar mentors in the coaching tree. Next week we will explore some defensive coaches.

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