Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
In his search to bring life to his anemic offense, Kansas City coach Todd Haley on Thursday made the second change to his offensive staff in less than two months.
Haley demoted receivers coach Dedric Ward and replaced him with Richie Anderson, according to the Kansas City Star. Anderson was on the Chiefs’ staff as part of a minority coaching fellowship program. Ward remains on the staff.
Prior to the season, Haley relieved offensive coordinator Chan Gailey of his duties. Haley is now the offensive coordinator of the 0-5 Chiefs.
Thursday’s move was made to spark a porous group of receivers. Cleary, Haley liked the way Anderson was working and wasn’t pleased with Ward’s progress.
Haley has to be careful. In-season assistant coaching staff changes are rare in the NFL. For two changes to happen before the sixth game is truly remarkable. Haley, an offensive coach, just can’t keep changing coaches during the season. After all, he hired Gailey and Ward.
Haley is obviously doing everything he can to improve the offense and that is admirable. But sooner or later these desperate changes are going to start reflecting poorly on him if positive results aren’t seen.