Right path leads Saints coach to title game

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. | Maybe there is hope for Todd Haley and the Chiefs. Just look what Sean Payton has done for the New Orleans Saints.

Haley has followed much the same path as Payton. Both worked for Bill Parcells in their formative years as coaches, including 2004-05 in Dallas, where Payton was offensive coordinator and Haley was a passing-game coordinator/wide-receivers coach.

Both were offensive coordinators in Super Bowl losses — Payton with the Giants in 2000, Haley with the Cardinals last season. Payton took over as head coach in New Orleans in 2006; Haley went to Arizona as offensive coordinator in 2007 before coming to the Chiefs last season.

That’s where the similarity ends for now.