The Kansas City Chiefs have axed head coach Todd Haley in the wake of the 37-10 weekend defeat to the New York Jets.
After the rout, a downcast Haley had admitted: “We probably had our worst half of football this season, and I don’t think it’s even close. Any time you have a result like that, it starts at the top, with myself, the head coach.”
On announcing the news, the Chiefs’ CEO Clark Hunt said: “Timing in these situations is always difficult. There never seems to be a right time.
“We just felt the inconsistent play the team has experienced throughout the season, including Sunday’s game, made today (Monday) the right day to do it.”
The Chiefs have endured a very difficult season but have not been helped by injuries to key players. Those following the best NFL betting online will know this.
However, they have suffered five heavy defeats – by 27 or more points – this year and have only managed to score 45 points in their last six games.
They have lost five of their last six games, the only win in that sequence being the 10-3 victory over the Chicago Bears, and now have a 5-8 record.
Despite embarking on a four-match winning run in October, it appears that they have never really recovered from the heavy losses to the Buffalo Bills (41-7) and the Detroit Lions (48-3) in the opening two weeks of the season.
It does not get any better for the Chiefs as they play the undefeated Green Bay Packers next and already seem certain to miss out on the play-offs.
Last season, the Chiefs secured the division title but the home fans turned against the team and Haley recently, with many demanding a change of coach. They have now got their wish.