Todd Haley, Offensive Mastermind?

Wow it’s nice to have Adam tossing out a post.  Nothing seems to get me working on a quick article faster. Today, it was Adam’s throwaway comment labeling Haley “somewhat of an offensive mastermind”. Now, I grant you, Haley did come to KC with a reputation for running high powered offenses. Critics pointed to Haley’s thin resume. At the end of the 2008 season, Haley had called plays for a whole year and a half. However, his 2008 Cardinals team were prolific. Having Kurt Warner, Fitz and, Boldin does help a lot.

So, Todd Haley becomes the head coach of the Chiefs. He decided to keep on a well respected offensive coordinator in Chan Gailey and went to work. Loyal Chief fans know what happened. Haley decided he didn’t like what Chan was doing and took over the offensive coordinator duties himself. Now that we are almost at the end of the season, we can compare Haley and Gailey. The 2008 and 2009 Chief defenses were pretty similar, so that’s not a big factor biasing our results. Gailey did have to work with a third string QB for most of the year, while Haley had his starting QB for almost every game. Pioli did trade away TonyG. That mitigates the advantage Haley has, but it does not eliminate it. Starting QB versus third string QB is a huge difference. So, how does Haley’s 2009 Chiefs offense compare to the Gailey designed 2008 Chiefs offense? Well, with one game to play, Haley has masterminded the Chiefs to 250 points scored. The Gailey Chiefs scored 291 points using a designed on the fly during the season offense to take advantage of his third string QB’s abilities. Unless we score 41 points on Sunday, Gailey’s offense will have scored more points than Haley’s. 

So Addicts, who did a better job of designing an offense? Chan Gailey or Todd Haley? To the larger question, is Todd Haley’s reputation as a good offensive coach deserved or is he riding the coattails of Warner, Fitz and Boldin?

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