With Chan Gailey relieved of his offensive coordinator duties in Kansas City, my hunch is that head coach Todd Haley will call plays.
Haley excels at the art, he has been an offensive coordinator himself and certainly has a hands on approach to running his team. The team will surely name a new offensive coordinator, but that position does not have to come with playcalling duties. It can be someone to help with organization, practice scripts, give input, help with schemes … But not necessarily be the guy to dial it up on Sundays.
Given the steep hill the Chiefs must climb, and Haley’s expertise, this would make a lot of sense to me. Months ago, when Haley said that Gailey would stay on the staff and call plays, he reserved the right to take them over at some point. My guess is the time is now.
The move to head coach is daunting and requires incredible amounts of time itself, but Jim Zorn was a rookie head coach in Washington last season and called plays, while offensive coordinator Sherman Smith filled that OC role in other ways. It’s not without precedent. The Chiefs offense is going to need all the help it can get, and with starting QB Matt Cassell trying to overcome a knee injury after being knocked out of their game Saturday, a lack of weapons on offense and a fearful Baltimore defense awaiting in Week 1, no better time than the present to start making improvements.
Haley is scheduled to address the media after today’s practice, so we should get more of the details then.