Chiefs fire Todd Haley

Less than one year after leading the Kansas City Chiefs to the AFC West title, Todd Haley has been fired.

The Chiefs were hammered 37-10 on Sunday by the New York Jets to fall to 5-8 and into last place in the division. Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, who was head coach of the Cleveland Browns for four seasons, will take over on an interim basis for the Chiefs' final three games.

“This was a difficult decision but one that we feel is best for the future of the Chiefs,” Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said via the Kansas City Star. “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.”

Haley was 19-27 with the Chiefs, who were hamstrung this season by season-ending injuries to quarterback Matt Cassel, running back Jamaal Charles and safety Eric Berry.

“Todd helped this team in many valuable ways over the past three seasons, and I am thankful for his contributions,” Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli said. “Unfortunately, we have not been able to establish the kind of consistency we need to continue to build a strong foundation for the future and we believe a change is important at this time.”

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