It could be argued that the divergence we’re now seeing was set up at the very beginning. Mayhew and Pioli oversaw their first drafts in 2009. Those players are now in their third year of professional football and should be playing important roles for their teams. It hasn’t worked out that way in KC. The Chiefs are likely to have nothing to show for that draft in the near future except for kicker Ryan Succop. Meanwhile, the Lions have a strong foundation built on that draft with Matthew Stafford, Brandon Pettigrew, Louis Delmas, DeAndre Levy and Sammie Hill. That draft also netted them Dan Gronkowski who was later traded for Alphonso Smith. Now that is a productive draft!
But the Chiefs’ fall has been so precipitous — they’ve been outscored 89-10 in their first two games — that it’s natural to wonder whether Haley could be the next casualty. After all, he devised the training camp and preseason plan that left the Chiefs so woefully unprepared for the season.
Fair or not, Haley has developed a reputation in some football circles — stress some — for being overbearing, immature and a bully. He fired his first offensive coordinator 13 days before the first game and co-existed with his second one for only one season.
Haley’s time in Kansas City includes belittling a Pro Bowl veteran before he’d ever coached a game, refusing to shake hands with Broncos coach Josh McDaniels last year in Denver and regularly banishing players to “fat camp” during the preseason.
Comebacks with key players injured (Peyton Manning and Gary Brackett in Indianapolis, Jamaal Charles and Eric Berry in Kansas City) or with uncertainty at nearly every position (the Seahawks’ roster seems to change hourly) border on impossible.
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen