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A method to Haley's fourth-down madness

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By Michael Blunda

Unlike many head coaches in the NFL, the Chiefs' Todd Haley has not been shy about going for it on fourth down. The results, however, have been mixed, causing some to question whether or not he has done too much gambling this season. Entering Week 14, the Chiefs are tied for the most failed fourth-down conversion attempts in the league with 10, and their 44 percent success rate (8-for-18) ranks in the middle of the pack. But the way we hear it, there is a method to Haley's madness. We're told the second-year coach has done his homework in this area, factoring in situational stats when deciding when to go for a first down and when to punt or kick a field goal. While Kansas City has fallen short more than it has succeeded, rarely has any of these decisions come back to haunt the team. Considering the Chiefs are 8-4, it's difficult to argue with Haley's penchant for rolling the dice.

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