MOBILE, Ala. — The Kansas City Chiefs still don't have an offensive coordinator or a definitive plan on who will be calling the plays in 2011.
But this much we do know: Chiefs head coach Todd Haley won't be carrying a dual title now that former offensive coordinator Charlie Weis has left for the University of Florida.
"The odds of that happening are very limited," Haley told me and co-host Jim Miller on Tuesday in an interview for Sirius NFL Radio at the Senior Bowl. "I've been doing a lot of work on that since the season ended and feel good about the direction we're going. I'm not ready to disclose any of that, but we're at a different place than we were at in Year One when I had to make some tough changes coming out of training camp that really put us in a difficult spot."
In his first year as Chiefs head coach in 2009, Haley removed Chan Gailey from the offensive coordinator position during the preseason and handled the role himself. The Chiefs then hired Weis, a three-time Super Bowl winner on New England's offensive staff, as coordinator in 2010. Kansas City improved to 10-6 and won the AFC West.
The 2009 Chiefs struggled offensively with Haley in a dual role, but the circumstances were far different than now because of the roster turnover the team was undergoing under general manager Scott Pioli. Haley called the plays as Arizona's offensive coordinator in 2007. The Cardinals finished with a No. 4 league ranking and reached Super Bowl XLIII.
"We're in Year Three. The system is now in place for three years," Haley said. "It's going to be an easier transition any way you cut it. You're talking about apples and oranges where we are as a staff and system. We've got a great deal of the foundation laid now, so some of these things are a little easier to handle."
— Alex Marvez