Chiefs and Dolphins Fire Their Head Coaches


December 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

(AP) – Make that three NFL coaches fired in the past two weeks. Hours after the Kansas City Chiefs announced Monday that they had dismissed Todd Haley, the Miami Dolphins said they had fired Tony Sparano, who was in the midst of a 4-9 season. Haley’s injury-ravaged Chiefs are 5-8 after Sunday’s 37-10 loss to the New York Jets. Sparano’s dismissal came a day after Miami’s 26-10 loss to Philadelphia.

Haley leaves with a 19-27 record in nearly three-years at his first NFL head coaching job. Defensive Coordinator and former Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel will take over as the Chiefs interim coach. Todd Bowles, who has been an assistant head coach in charge of the secondary, will be the Dolphins’ interim coach for the final three games. Miami lost its first seven games of the 2011 campaign and Sunday’s loss to the Eagles ended a recent surge.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says he’s looking for  “A young Don Shula” as his long-term solution to the Dolphins’ woes. Jacksonville fired coach Jack Del Rio, on Nov. 29th.