Since Charlie Weis left the Kansas City Chiefs to take the same position at Florida, there has been a lot of speculation as to whether Todd Haley will again serve as his own offensive coordinator in 2011.
While it remains to be seen if Haley will be the one calling the plays, he indicated in a recent interview with Sirius Radio from the Senior Bowl that it is unlikely he will hold the title of offensive coordinator, according to Alex Marvez of NFL Buzz.
“The odds of that happening are very limited,” Haley said in the interview. “I’ve been doing a lot of work on that since the season ended and feel good about the direction we’re going. I’m not ready to disclose any of that, but we’re at a different place than we were at in Year One when I had to make some tough changes coming out of training camp that really put us in a difficult spot.”
Haley went on to say that as the Chiefs will be entering year three of their offensive system that the of the offensive coordinator transition are going to be much easier than they might have been in the past.
I have been saying since Weis left that there was no way Haley would serve as the team’s offensive coordinator. Whether or not he will call the plays remains to be seen but really, I am ok with it if that is what he wants to do. Haley is a talented play caller and he is not in his third year as a coach so he should have a much more comfortable calling plays from the sideline.
If I had to guess, I would say that the Chiefs are seriously considering promoting someone from within the organization but are holding off on making an announcement because they may have a couple of outside prospects that they are still waiting on/talking to. If the plan is to hire a coordinator but have Haley call the plays and they feel comfortable with some of their internal candidates, then there is no reason for the Chiefs not to take their time with this process.
When the announcement does come, it is unlikely to be earth shattering. My guess is that with the Chiefs in Mobile for the Senior Bowl this week, we may not hear anything until after the Super Bowl. The NFL frowns upon teams making any big announcements or hires the week of the Super Bowl because they don’t want anything taking focus away from the big game. If we don’t hear this week, the 2nd week of February is likely the target.