Haley was pretty good at the former but failed miserably at the latter. In fact, owner Jerry Jones contemplated disciplinary action against him. Welcome to Dallas, Todd! Where the inmates have been running the asylum since 1989. (Actually, Haley had berated T.O. for being tardy, and the news somehow made its way to the media, which is what bothered Jones. That's the story, anyway.)
Not surprisingly, Haley bolted for Arizona to take the offensive coordinator's job after the season. He's been very good in that role, although Anquan Boldin, like T.O. before him, might take issue with Haley's style.
Of course, a coach doesn't have to be popular with his players to be effective, and that goes along way in explaining why Haley could be the front runner for the Chiefs' yet-to-be-vacated head coaching job. At least to hear Cris Collinsworth tell it. Via the Kansas City Star's Randy Covitz:
"I think he'll be the coach in Kansas City," Collinsworth told me Tuesday on a teleconference.On Monday, Adam Schefter thought that Herm Edwards might get one more year in Kansas City, but that could change in the time it takes new general manager Scott Pioli to politely ask Edwards to leave his ID badge with the secretary at the front desk.
"I'm watching what's happening with all the (new) coaches, and we've seen some of the defensive coaches come off the board, and the one guy nobody is talking about that has surprised me, and it's because (the Cardinals) flew so far under the radar screen, was Haley. He's not under the radar screen anymore.
"The biggest winner who has come out of this run by the Arizona Cardinals has been Todd Haley."
Whatever happens, you think Jerry Jones is regretting his decision to keep Jason Garrett around while letting Haley walk? I know, I know, hindsight and whatnot. And had Haley remained in Dallas, who's to say that Bill Parcells wouldn't have talked him into joining the Dolphins' staff along with Tony Sparano and Jeff Ireland?
Still, the fact remains: Wade Phillips is the current head coach and Jason Garrett -- thought to be the heir to the Stay Puft Marshmallow throne just seven months ago -- is now just a guy Jones pays $3 million to coordinate up an underachieving offense.