It didn't take very long. On Wednesday we learned that the Chiefs had asked permission to interview Todd Haley and late last night he accepted their offer to become the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. He becomes the 11th head coach of the Chiefs and he takes over a team that finished 2-14, although they did rely quite a bit on rookies in 2008. He'll have some huge decisions to make early on in his tenure considering that his two biggest stars, Larry Johnson and Tony Gonzalez, both want out of the organization. For anyone looking for complete coverage, check out our sister-blog Arrowhead Pride, as I'm sure this will dominate their coverage for the next couple of days.
The Cardinals are now left to pick up the pieces. It's not very often that our coordinators are plucked by other teams, but I guess that's another sign of becoming a successful franchise. Whoever ends up stepping into Haley's old position will have some huge shoes to fill. The season before Haley took over the offense (2006), the Cardinals were 18th in yards per game and 19th in points per game. They saw improvement during the 2007 season moving to 12th and 7th respectively, but the biggest improvement came this past season when the offense jumped to 4th in total yards and 3rd in scoring.
It might be too early to have any idea where the Cardinals will begin the search for new coordinator, but it'll be interesting to see if they promote an in-house candidate or if they chose to look outside the organization. If they look at their current group of coaches, Russ Grimm and Maurice Carthon would have be names that are considered. Grimm already wears the hats of assistant head coach and offensive line coach, so he might not be the ideal candidate. Carthon, the current running backs coach, has six season of experience at offensive coordinator with the Lions, Browns and Cowboys. Anyone like either or these candidates or would you rather look outside of the organization? Any candidates you'd like to see them interview, either around the league or in the college ranks?
Update: How about some good news for a change, Darren Urban is reporting that Haley can't take any assistants with him to KC because they're all under contract. The Cardinals would have to allow them to leave by releasing them from thier contract and he says the only real possibility is offensive quality control coach, Dedric Ward.