To answer a question from the reading audience, I’m extremely pleased with our new coaching staff.
I didn’t know that much about Haley before he started getting lots of press for the play-calling in the playoff game against the Panthers.
I successfully predicted we would hire him as the Head Coach on 24 January, which was about 2 weeks before it happenened. I also successfully predicted (sort of by default), that Pendergast would be the Defensive Coordinator. My thought process was that Pendergast did such a good job with his defense in the playoffs, and Haley was working with him alot as the Offensive Coordinator, that he would be someone Haley would reach out to. Well, the word was that the Chiefs actually wanted Romeo Crennel, but when he decided to rehabilitate after hip surgery and while drawing a paycheck from the Browns, Pendergast was named DC.
But I also like the fact that we have an experienced O-line coach in Bill Muir, I like that we have another former defensive coordinator in Gary Gibbs coaching our LBs. I don’t know about bringing in Carthon as Assistant Head Coach and RB coach, and I don’t know about Dedric Ward for WRs, but right now, I really like what Coach Haley is doing with the team.
I like his no-nonsense approach. I like how he isn’t afraid to cut people who aren’t, ahem, cutting it (pun intended). I like his demeanor. I like that he is allowing an open QB competition, even if Cassel has the inside track.
I really like that we will continue the successes with the spread and pass emphasis from last year, but I also like that Haley said that if we have a better chance to win running the ball, we will.
I really like Gailey as an Offensive Coordinator. I think he’s one of the best and most innovative coordinators out there.
I like the changes we’ve made to transition to the 3-4, too.
We’ll see how it turns out. I’ll have more to say on all this later.