The Kansas City Chiefs web site is reporting head coach Todd Haley has been fired. Update: Adam Schefter cites sources among the Chiefs players that defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel will be the interim coach for the remainder of the season.
From the web site:
"This was a difficult decision but one that we feel is best for the future of the Chiefs," Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. "Although there have been bright spots at different points this season, we have not made meaningful progress and we felt that it was necessary to make a change. We appreciate Todd's contributions during his time with the club, and we wish him well in the future."
Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network tweeted Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels may be a replacement candidate long-term. McDaniels and Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli worked together in New England.
Haley fails to finish a disastrous season in Kansas City that has been marred by injuries and wildly inconsistent play. The Chiefs battled the Steelers in a 13-9 loss in Week 12, but showed little to no life in a 38-7 whipping by the Jets in Week 14.
Haley's tough coaching style was seen by many as a reason for the team's failures this year. He was often shown yelling at players on the sideline who didn't seem to listen to him.
He was 19-27 as head coach, and brought the Chiefs to a surprising AFC West championship last year.