The Kansas City Chiefs found a leader in Head Coach Todd Haley when he was named the new gridiron general in February 2009. The team struggled his first year managing a poor 4-12 record. However, in 2010 Todd Haley used his highly respected motivational skills to push his team to a 10-6 record and an AFC Championship. In only his second season, 44 year old Haley was able to create the most amazing season turnaround in the history of the franchise. It was the first AFC Crown in 7 long seasons and the first time they had reached the playoffs in 5.
Going into his 17th season in the NFL Todd Haley has proven himself to be a successful asset to every team he has coached for. His skills as a teacher have been profound and his ability to motivate those around him has made his leadership skills as effective as any in the league. He has established a reputation for building winners every where he has been and not every coach can exploit that on their resume. Haley was born in Atlanta, Georgia in February of 1967. He would attend High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at Upper St. Clair High School. He would go on to attend college at the University of Florida and the University of Miami.
Todd Haley entered the NFL as a Scouting Coach for the New York Jets in 1995. He would serve as an Assistant Coach with the Jets through the 2000 season. He is one of five Head Coaches in the NFL that had served under legendary Coach Bill Parcells in their career. He worked for Parcells at both the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys. From 2001-2003 he was an assistant for the Chicago Bears before moving onto the Dallas Cowboys under Parcells once again in 2004-2006. He would then take the offensive coordinator job with the Arizona Cardinals in 2007-2008 before being chosen as the Head Coach in 2009. In his final year at Arizona they went all the way to the Super Bowl, but lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in one of the best games in Super Bowl history.
Every team that Todd Haley has coached for has reached the playoffs. He has a vision for his football team that settles for nothing less then success. He builds teams with the singular goal of competing each and every time they walk gloriously onto the gridiron. He is well known for his offensive prowess building offenses that are balanced and aggressive. Last year they would win the rushing title accumulating 2,627 yards on 556 carries. That was an average of 164.2 yards per game.
From 1999-2006 Haley served in the position of wide receivers coach until finally earning tremendous respect as an offensive coordinator in Arizona. He is an offensive mastermind who demonstrates the ability to inspire the best out of his players. Although his Kansas City Chiefs have gotten out of the gate slowly in the 2011 NFL Season at 1-3, his team is showing signs of recovery. You cannot count them out because Todd Haley will not allow it to happen. Hopefully this is true because I have already bought my Chiefs tickets this year.