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Todd Haley
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Date of birth February 28, 1967 (1967-02-28) (age 42)
Place of birth Atlanta, Georgia
Position(s) Head coach
College University of Florida
University of North Florida
Team(s) as a coach/administrator




New York Jets
(Scouting Dept. Assistant/Offensive Quality Control, WR Coach)
Chicago Bears
(WR Coach)
Dallas Cowboys
(WR Coach/Passing Game Coordinator)
Arizona Cardinals
(Offensive Coordinator)
Kansas City Chiefs
(Head Coach)

Todd Haley (born February 28, 1967 in Atlanta, Georgia) is the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). Prior to joining the Chiefs, Haley served as the Arizona Cardinals' offensive coordinator from 2007 to 2008, and was the wide receivers coach for the New York Jets, Chicago Bears, and Dallas Cowboys.


Early years

Todd Haley was born on February 28, 1967 in Atlanta, Georgia.[1] He is the son of Dick Haley, formerly Director of Player Personnel for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1971–1990) and New York Jets (1991–2002) and also a former NFL cornerback (1959–1964).[1]

As a youth, Haley was a ball boy for the Steelers and attended Steelers training camps with his father.[1] Alongside his father, Haley would watch the Steelers' game and practice film.[1][2] While his family was located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for his father's profession, Haley attended Upper St. Clair High School.[1] He went on to attend the University of Florida and University of Miami, playing on the two schools' respective golf squads. [1] Haley graduated from the University of North Florida in 1991 with a degree in communications.[1] He is the only current NFL head coach to have never played football on any level.

Assistant coaching career, 1995–2008

Haley was hired by the New York Jets in 1995 and served as an assistant in the scouting department for two seasons. At the time, Haley's father was working with the Jets as Director of Player Personnel.[2] In 1997, he was promoted to offensive assistant/quality control coach and worked closely with then-offensive coordinator Charlie Weis. From 1999 to 2000 Haley was the Jets' wide receivers coach, helping Keyshawn Johnson make his second Pro Bowl appearance. It was during his tenure with the Jets that Haley began his association with Scott Pioli, who served as Director of Pro Personnel for the Jets from 1997 to 1999. Pioli would later become the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs and would hire Haley as the team's head coach in 2009.

In 2001, Haley joined the Chicago Bears as the team's wide receivers coach and served in the position until 2003. In 2002, he helped Marty Booker to become the first Bears Pro Bowl wide receiver since 1971.

From 2004 to 2006, Haley was the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys. Haley helped develop quarterback Tony Romo and the Cowboys' passing offense which centered around wide receivers Terry Glenn and Terrell Owens.

In 2007, Haley joined Ken Whisenhunt's coaching staff for the Arizona Cardinals as the team's offensive coordinator. Haley did not start calling plays for the Cardinals until late in the season.[3] The Cardinals finished in the top half of the NFL in multiple offensive categories.

Under Haley’s guidance, the Cardinals offense in 2008 was one of the league’s most innovative and explosive units.[1] Arizona tied for third in the league in scoring, registering a franchise-record 427 points (26.7 ppg).[1] The Cardinals were fourth in total offense, averaging 365.8 yards per game.[1] Arizona was second in the league in passing offense (292.1 ypg) and ranked sixth in the NFL with 20.5 first downs per game.[1] The Cardinals would finish the season with a 9-7 record and playoff berth after winning the NFC West Division title. The Cardinals went on to appear in its first Super Bowl in franchise history after the team scored more than 30 points in each of its three playoff games.

In Super Bowl XLIII, the Cardinals offense played the NFL's top-ranked Pittsburgh Steelers defense.[4] Trailing 17–7 at halftime, the Cardinals offense would fight back after a 13-point deficit and lead the game 23–20 with just over two minutes remaining.[4] The Cardinals would lose the game 27–23 in the game's final seconds.[4]

Kansas City Chiefs, 2009–present

The Kansas City Chiefs hired general manager Scott Pioli on January 13, 2009.[5][6] The decision to hire Pioli likely meant that Herman Edwards, who had been serving as the Chiefs' head coach since 2006, would not likely return in 2009.[5] Edwards was fired on January 23, just five days after the Arizona Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game.[7] Leading up to Super Bowl XLIII, Haley was repeatedly questioned about Kansas City and the possibilities of joining his former colleague Scott Pioli.[3] Haley would later state that it was the day after the Super Bowl, which the Cardinals lost, that he heard his name mentioned for the Chiefs' coaching position.[3]

In the days after the Cardinals' appearance in Super Bowl XLIII, Haley was offered the head coaching position of the Kansas City Chiefs.[8] Haley accepted the position on February 6, 2009 and signed a four-year contract.[1][3] For his first coaching staff, Haley hired Joel Collier, Gary Gibbs, Steve Hoffman, Bill Muir, Clancy Pendergast, Pat Perles, and Dedric Ward to unspecified positions on the Chiefs' 2009 coaching staff and retained Bob Bicknell, Joe D’Alessandris, Chan Gailey, Tim Krumrie, Brent Salazar, and Cedric Smith from Herm Edwards' staff.[9] Ward and Pendergast had previously served on the Cardinals' coaching staff with Haley.

Initially there were doubts as to whether Chan Gailey would retained under Todd Haley's coaching staff, being that Haley had just concluded a successful stint as offensive coordinator at Arizona. After the Chiefs lost their first three pre-season games, Gailey was relieved of duties and Haley is expected to assume offensive playcalling duties.[10]

The Chiefs lost their first five games under Haley in 2009. Haley won his first game as the Chiefs' head coach on October 18, 2009 beating the Washington Redskins 14–6.

In late Ocotber 2009 the Chiefs suspended starting running back Larry Johnson for one week in response to his public comments on Twitter where he questioned Todd Haley's coaching abilities and using homophobic slurs when he addressed the media.[11] Johnson's twitter comments were: "My father got more creditentials than most of these pro coaches" [Sic]. That was followed by: "My father played for the coach from "rememeber the titans". Our coach played golf. My father played for redskins briefley. Our coach. Nuthn." [Sic][12] When Johnson returned from his suspension, he was immediately released from the Chiefs' roster.

After Haley released Johnson, he led the Chiefs to their first two-game winning streak since the 2007 season with victories against the Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers on November 15 and 22. The 27–24 victory over the Steelers—the defending Super Bowl champions—came in overtime.

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
KC 2009 4 12 0 .250 - - - -
KC Total 4 12 0 .250 0 0 .000
Total[13] 4 12 0 .250 0 0 .000

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Todd Haley has served:

Assistant coaches under Todd Haley who have become NFL head coaches:

  • None

Personal life

Haley has five children with his wife Chrissy.[1]

Haley has been described as an aggressive coach and can be combative with players.[3][14] During the 2009 NFC Championship Game against the Eagles, he had a first-half argument with quarterback Kurt Warner, then a short blowup in full view of television cameras with wide receiver Anquan Boldin later in the game.[3] He also had a spat with Terrell Owens when he was the wide receivers coach in Dallas.[3] Defending his style, Haley said "It's part of how I coach... It's part of how I motivate, and I like to think I've had some success doing it."[3]

In 2006, Haley filed a 1.7 million dollar lawsuit against McDonald's after his wife found a dead rat in her salad. The salad was purchased at a Southlake, Texas McDonald's restaurant while Haley was a member of the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff. His wife and their live-in babysitter began to eat before noticing the rat, and were said to have become violently ill afterward. The rat was described as a "juvenile roof rat" that was 6 inches long laying dead on its back with its mouth open.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Todd Haley named Kansas City Chiefs head coach". Kansas City Chiefs. 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  
  2. ^ a b King, Peter (2009-02-06). "Todd Haley is the new Chief in town". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Associated Press (2009-02-06). "Chiefs hire Cardinals offensive coordinator Haley as coach". Retrieved 2009-02-06.  
  4. ^ a b c "Steelers earn sixth Super Bowl victory in thriller over Cardinals". 2009-02-01. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  
  5. ^ a b "Scott Pioli to join Kansas City Chiefs". 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2009-01-13.  
  6. ^ "Scott Pioli named Kansas City Chiefs general manager". Kansas City Chiefs. 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2009-01-14.  
  7. ^ "Raising Arizona: Late TD drive carries Cards to first Super Bowl". 2009-01-18. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  
  8. ^ Glazer, Jay (2009-02-05). "Source: Cards assistant tabbed to coach Chiefs". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  
  9. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs announce coaching staff moves". Kansas City Chiefs. 2009-02-17. Retrieved 2009-02-17.  
  10. ^ Clayton, John (2009-08-31). "Gailey no longer running Chiefs offense". Retrieved 2009-08-31.  
  11. ^ "Chiefs suspend Johnson indefinitely". 2009-10-27. Retrieved 2009-10-27.  
  12. ^ espn
  13. ^ Todd Haley Record, Statistics, and Category Ranks -
  14. ^ Associated Press (2009-06-21). "Players still getting used to Haley's fiery style of coaching". Retrieved 2009-06-21.  
  15. ^ NBC (2006-10-26). "Cowboys assistant coach sues McDonald's".  
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Kruczek
Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Herman Edwards
Kansas City Chiefs head coach
Succeeded by


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