KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 13: Head coach Todd Haley of the Kansas City Chiefs watches a replay during the game against the Denver Broncos on November 13, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Less than a year after winning the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs have fired head coach Todd Haley after another blowout loss dropped KC to 5-8 on the season. Battered by injuries to their quarterback's Matt Cassel and Kyle Orton, as well as leading rusher Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs have struggled on offense - Haley's expertise - and regressed from last season's surprising run.
While defensive coordinator - and former Cleveland Browns head caoch Romeo Crennel will reportedly run the team the rest of the season, V.P. Scott Pioli has targeted Iowa Hawkeyes head man Kirk Ferentz for the job. Ferentz was a strong candidate back in 2009 when Haley was hired, but remained in Iowa for family reasons. Ferentz certainly fits the bill, coming from the Belichick-tree serving as an assistant to the Patriots' head coach when he was in Cleveland.
Now the Chiefs find themselves right where the Broncos were last season at this time. Without a coach and question marks all over the field - most importantly at quarterback. The Broncos, just 12 months later, seem to have answered some of those questions, hiring John Elway, John Fox and promoting Tim Tebow.
Let's hope the Chiefs aren't as fortunate.