Chiefs hire Cardinals OC Todd Haley as head coach

Published on February 5, 2009 by     Seahawk Fanatic

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs have hired Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley as their new head coach, a source close to the situation told The Kansas City Star.

Details of Haley’s contract were unavailable. It was also unclear when the Chiefs would make the announcement. The Chiefs would not confirm Haley’s hiring.

While The Star learned this week that the Chiefs planned to speak with Haley, the other candidates they interviewed have not been publicly identified. A representative with the Fritz Pollard Alliance, an organization that promotes NFL teams providing equal opportunities to minority candidates, said the Chiefs complied with the league’s Rooney Rule, which requires a team to interview at least one minority candidate for its head coaching vacancy.

Haley began his coaching career in 1996 as an offensive assistant coach with the Jets. Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and Haley worked together in New York from 1997 through 1999, Pioli as the director of pro personnel and Haley as the wide-receivers coach.

The two then went their separate ways. Pioli followed Bill Belichick to New England, where the Patriots won three Super Bowl championships.

Haley moved on to coach wide receivers for the Bears and the Cowboys before joining the Cardinals last year. Arizona advanced to the first Super Bowl in franchise history this season mainly on the strength of Haley’s offense. Arizona finished third in the NFL in scoring, fourth in total offense and second in passing yardage. The Cardinals set a franchise record by scoring 427 points.

The Cardinals then advanced to the Super Bowl, where they lost to Pittsburgh, by scoring at least 30 points in all three of their NFC playoff games.

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