Gailey relieved of his duties!

History has repeated itself with the Chiefs as offensive coordinator Chan Gailey was fired Monday morning by head coach Todd Haley. It was 25 years ago that then head coach John Mackovic fired defensive coordinator Bud Carson in the 1984 pre-season. We will have more on this surprising development with Gailey later this afternoon. Chiefs are currently on the practice field.

36 Responses to “Gailey relieved of his duties!”

  • August 31, 2009  - Rip 'em a new one says:

    Well, so much for a revival of the Pistol and spread offense. Whew! This season is looking like a train wreck.

  • August 31, 2009  - chris says:

    Great idea! Fire the one person who would maybe otherwise help this offensive offense! GET SOME O-LINE HELP!

  • August 31, 2009  - Herman Edwards says:

    Yeah, I just got a call from Todd. He asked me to fill the OC position…. ah I’ll have to think about it. Cause that’s a pretty bad team.

  • August 31, 2009  - eyePod says:

    I can’t believe that Thigpen is taking snaps with the 1st team. This is terrible.

  • August 31, 2009  - kc mutt says:

    Does it really matter the season. There is no apparent help for the OL this year, just castoffs from other teams. The Chiefs will have to keep every QB they can get their hands on because every QB is subject to destruction by all the “look out” blocks. WR are still unknown, read 2nd sentence again, and the TEs cannot block or catch (not sure who to blame for this).Special Teams got forgotten also except for K. On and on it goes, it is not like we are going to the superbowl in 09.

  • August 31, 2009  - jimbo says:

    I won’t miss him.. We have’nt had much of a high powered offense with him calling the plays & the Chiefs have become pretty boring to watch anyway.
    Change is good. So long Chan…

  • August 31, 2009  - Scott says:

    I have mixed feelings…

    There were times when I thought Gailey’s play calling was brilliant…and played extremely well to our strengths.

    And there were times when it was so predictable…that it was a small wonder we didn’t have even MORE three-n-outs than we did.

    Haley was the Offensive coodinator for a team that went to the Super Bowl last year. So, he knows a little something about the position. I’ll trust he knows what he’s doing.

    I guess the “produce or else” mentality does not apply to players only, huh?

  • August 31, 2009  - Herman Edwards says:

    I’ll think stick with ESPN. I’m sure you guys enjoy hearing my opinions anyway.

  • August 31, 2009  - Scott says:


    My feeling is that Thigpen is running with the first team because he’s still being shopped for a trade. More potential value for a guy that’s 2nd string/potential starter…than for a guy who’s 3rd, or about to get cut.

  • August 31, 2009  - Josh says:

    Has anyone else heard that Thigpen is playing with two broken ribs? Nick Wright was talking to his agent today and that is what he said.


  • August 31, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Cue David Bowie in 3, 2, 1…

    “Ch-ch-ch-ch-Chan’s gone
    (Time to blame Gai-ley)
    Ch-ch-Chan’s gone
    Don’t want the people blamin’ me
    Ch-ch-ch-ch-Chan’s gone
    (Take one for the team)
    Ch-ch-Chan’s gone
    Hey Timmy K, better lease not buy
    Tho may change things
    Won’t ever fire he”


  • August 31, 2009  - ILChiefsFan says:

    I don’t think Haley will be able to get away with this move without an explanation. We’ll see if one is forthcoming.

  • August 31, 2009  - Scott says:

    Sure he will. Watch and see.

    I doubt he’ll give much detail about Gailey, or Cassel’s injury, or starting QB, or…

    I could be wrong, though.

  • August 31, 2009  - B in SC says:

    Why would he have to explain anything? It will be generic I’m sure. Fine, it isn’t like anyone is indespensable at this point. Please. Not that I think Chan is the problem, but we don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. Maybe he lobbied to sign Jeff George…

  • August 31, 2009  - kc mutt says:

    In AZ Haley was considered a loose cannon and an unknown. I do not see much changing. No problem with it, it just the way it is.

  • August 31, 2009  - Matt says:

    I have drank the cool-aid! I am 150% behind Pioli and Haley who will do anything to make this team better. Haley will be a much better play caller than Gailey. As Haley stated in his last post game press conference, it will take creativity and a lot of work to have a chance. They have begun work on the D-line, linebacks, wide receivers and not are looking at the O-line. Too many holes people. Don’t get down, we are a better team alread. Defense looks improved! Need Cassel back and mostly shotgun plays to keep him healthy. Go Chiefs.

  • August 31, 2009  - Scott says:

    Haley will be calling his own plays. So, we’ll see what he’s got up his sleeve. Hopefully, our offense will improve.

  • August 31, 2009  - alex k says:

    10/13/10 and the last 10 had a defensive TD…

    time for a change

  • August 31, 2009  - alex k says:

    personally glad to see the end of first and goal. first play run to LJ, then fade. fade.

    other than the quick bowe slant, he likes to go back to the fade, lets face it, with the new rules last season, the fade is that much tougher to complete getting both feet in without getting bashed.

  • August 31, 2009  - ILChiefsFan says:

    “Why would he have to explain anything?”

    Because if he doesn’t the media will be full of “if only he’d tell us we wouldn’t have to speculate” stories about Gailey’s firing. I think Haley has formed a pretty good relationship with the working media (as opposed to certain fat-ass columnists) so far; perceived stonewalling in this matter could change that.

    “we don’t know what goes on behind closed doors”
    I’m not talking about revealing private conversations; Haley has already laid down his rules on that one. I’m talking about an explanation of why Gailey wasn’t working out as OC.

  • August 31, 2009  - Jim Lloyd+ says:

    Josh– Tyler was shoved out of bounds and hit something —then he seemed to have trouble breathing —– 2nd game —-

  • August 31, 2009  - B in SC says:

    Unfortunately, he can’t block and neither can anyone else. Not sure calling different plays will help too much, but whatever.

    You sure the defense looks improved Matt? I really hadn’t noticed much different from last year really. Still giving up long drives, receivers wide open, and runners breaking tackles for big gains. Couple of individual improvements maybe, not much else.

  • August 31, 2009  - Scott says:

    ILChiefsFan says:

    “Because if he doesn’t the media will be full of “if only he’d tell us we wouldn’t have to speculate” stories about Gailey’s firing.”

    Sounds good. In theory. Thing is…I don’t think he cares. And neither does Pioli. They’re going to do what they feel is best…and tell you as little as possible about it.

  • August 31, 2009  - ILChiefsFan says:


    I agree that Pioli/Haley want to tell you as little as possible; but they’re also pretty media-savvy from what I’ve seen so far.

    Anyway, it sounds like Gailey may be kept on in some capacity. If that’s the case then it may be easier to be tight-lipped.

  • August 31, 2009  - Josh says:


    I know, I was at the game. I’m just saying that I heard he was playing with two broken ribs which I assume took place on that play.


  • August 31, 2009  - Scott says:

    Haley also issued the standard “I’m only going to talk about the players who are on the field” comment regarding Cassel’s injury.

  • August 31, 2009  - ILChiefsFan says:

    Haley definitely took “talking about it without talking about it” route. We’ll see how that plays out in the media in the weeks to come.

    My favorite exchange from the Haley presser (paraphrased):
    Q: “How will the Chiefs offense change with this move?”
    A: “I’ll let the Ravens try to figure that out”
    Very Parcell-ish.

  • August 31, 2009  - Anonymous says:

    Where is the resident lunatic today? Could this be proof to the recent speculation by some that Rin is a well known member of the media? He must be busy doing something today or he would be all over this news with his doom & gloom. I smell a rat.

  • August 31, 2009  - SG says:

    “My favorite exchange from the Haley presser (paraphrased):
    Q: “How will the Chiefs offense change with this move?” ”

    A: Irrelevant. The car can have blue paint, green paint, or no paint – unless there’s a tow truck or some other means, it’s not going anywhere if the engine has been removed.

  • August 31, 2009  - Scott says:

    Not sure I agree, SG.

    With our talent level, or lack thereof, Haley is going to have to be inventive…to come up with ways to move the ball. We’re definitely not going to blow anyone away with what we have. We can’t be like the Vikings with AP and say “Here it comes, we don’t care, try and stop it”, for example. Haley will have to squeeze maximum talent out of our guys on offense. The more I’ve thought about it…the more I like it. It’s accountability. And Haley now has even more of it on his shoulders. Now, we’ll just have to see if he can handle it. I think he’s set himself up to either look like a genius if he can pull it off…or a complete moron if he doesn’t. By the end of the season, we’ll all know for sure.

  • August 31, 2009  - Herman Edwards says:

    I’d put Brodie at QB, and throw Tyler in there with him as the starting RB. Those guys will light it up against anyone.

  • August 31, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Here’s one vote for ‘moron’ at www. .com


  • August 31, 2009  - Herman Edwards says:

    Or I could put Brodie and Tyler in at the same time… with two footballs, two centers. No one will see the Hermbone offense comin!

  • August 31, 2009  - SG says:

    “With our talent level, or lack thereof, Haley is going to have to be inventive…”

    Lack thereof – that’s the key issue – there’s scientific law that says you can’t make “something” out of “nothing” unless you’re God (Law of Conservation of Matter and Energy).

  • September 1, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    “you’re God”

    - yes, I know – stop preaching to my choir…


  • September 1, 2009  - SG says:

    “yes, I know”

    When you return from your drug hallucination, you may resume conversation with the rest of us.

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