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Sonic Raider
11-16-2010, 10:10 AM
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Kansas City coach Todd Haley apologized Monday for refusing to shake hands with Denver coach Josh McDaniels after the Chiefs’ blowout loss the day before.

Haley, who’s generally done a good job this season of holding his temper in check, made a single comment to McDaniels as the Denver coach held out his hand after the Broncos’ 49-29 victory in Denver. Haley pointed his finger at him, turned and stomped away without shaking.

In his opening remarks to reporters on Monday, Haley offered his apology before he was asked about the incident which instantly became a hot topic around the league.

“It sounds like it’s become a big deal and I do want to apologize for me not shaking Josh’s hand after the game,” he said. “I do believe in doing what’s right and that was not right. Probably let the emotions of the situation get me too much. And I apologize. I apologize to the fans and to Denver and to Josh.”

Haley declined to say what upset him.

“I don’t think that’s necessary to get into it,” he said. “I think it’s very necessary that I let everybody know that I would do that over again at the end, and it wasn’t the right thing to do.”

He said he had not contacted McDaniels to personally apologize.

“I felt like, again, communicating to the majority, and anybody that was watching it, to let them know how I felt and I think that’s what’s important,” he said.

Audio of the brief exchange between the two was provided to The Associated Press by WDAF-TV in Kansas City. McDaniels does not speak but Haley can clearly be heard saying as he pointed at the Denver coach and turned to walk away, “There’s a lot of (expletive) being talked about you.”

The incident inflamed Broncos fans and is certain to be front and center among Chiefs followers when the Broncos visit Arrowhead Stadium on Dec. 5.

The Broncos roared to a 35-0 lead—the biggest first-half deficit in Chiefs history. The loss knocked Kansas City into a first-place tie with Oakland in the AFC West.

In his meeting with reporters on Monday, McDaniels said he could not explain Haley’s snub.

“I’m not sure about that,” he said. “I was proud of the way we played and I have a lot of respect for their entire organization. Obviously, I know a lot of people over there. So, I’m not really sure.”

He also said he was not upset.

“It’s part of the game. And we all make choices. So.”

Aside from being upset about the worst loss the Chiefs (5-4) have absorbed all year, Haley could have been upset at the brutal hit Denver linebacker Joe Mays(notes) put on tight end Tony Moeaki(notes) during an onside kick in the final minutes. Moeaki had to be helped off the field. There was speculation that Haley was upset at the way the Broncos were laughing on their sideline, and that he felt Denver was trying to drive up the score.

Haley might also have been angry that the Broncos were still blitzing a gimpy Matt Cassel(notes) well into the fourth quarter.

When the Chiefs routed the Broncos 44-24 on the same field in last year’s regular-season finale, Haley pulled most of his starters in the final minutes and declined to give running back Jamaal Charles(notes) an opportunity to break Adrian Peterson’s NFL rushing record. Charles was removed from the game needing just 37 yards to do it.

AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton in Denver contributed to this report.

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Broncos fo life
11-16-2010, 11:05 AM
I've been interested to get some Chief fan feedback from what happened.

What do you folks think? As a Bronco fan, I didn't think it was very called for. If Josh McD ever did that to another coach, while being disappointed I would probably be more scratching my head as to WHY he did it. Did the other team play dirty? Did the other team run up the score? Did the other team cheat? I think that would be my reaction.

GridironChamp
11-16-2010, 12:03 PM
It was because McD left his starters in throughout the whole game, but I still
completely disagree with Haley. Hell, I have zero problem with actually running up
the score so Haley was completely wrong in this situation.

SBboundBRONCOS
11-16-2010, 02:02 PM
i would only have a problem if we were going for 2 and trying to get more on 4th downs, to the best of my knowledge, we didnt do that

BroncoManiac_69
11-17-2010, 01:38 AM
What the hell does this quote mean?

“There’s a lot of (expletive) being talked about you.”

We know the "S" word is in there, but what is Haley saying here? Josh accused of exactly what?

RealBronco
11-17-2010, 02:04 AM
I've been interested to get some Chief fan feedback from what happened.

What do you folks think? As a Bronco fan, I didn't think it was very called for. If Josh McD ever did that to another coach, while being disappointed I would probably be more scratching my head as to WHY he did it. Did the other team play dirty? Did the other team run up the score? Did the other team cheat? I think that would be my reaction.

Josh probably had every right to do this to Jeff Fisher after the Titans game, but he didn't. now because he brought it up in the post-game presser and a big deal was made out of what he said (while true) i don't know if we can really say that McD isn't guilty of something similar. if Haley thought we were playing dirty or something like that anyway.


It was because McD left his starters in throughout the whole game, but I still
completely disagree with Haley. Hell, I have zero problem with actually running up
the score so Haley was completely wrong in this situation.

i don't think there should be anyone in PROFESSIONAL sports who gets paid millions to play that should be upset about getting utterly destroyed by the other team, other than upset at themselves. if you can't stop the other team from running the score up, that's on you, not them. and i say this knowing this happened to us against the Raiders. well, it's not the Raiders fault we couldn't stop Darren McFadden or decided to give the ball right back to them twice in a row early on.

heck, in college football its quietly ENCOURAGED to run up the score and they call it "style points" and if you can't RUTS against a team then maybe you suck. No one is calling Wisconsin bad names and saying they have poor sportsmanship for putting up 83 points last Saturday.

you didn't hear about Shanahan throwing a fit about getting utterly dominated last night by the Eagles.

these guys make a living playing this game so there shouldn't be any griping about getting blown out when it happens.

besides i feel like we did let up in the second half... we did pull some defensive starters and the Chiefs were actually putting points on the board closing the gap... so if the opposing offense is still going to score points why wouldn't our offense do the same to keep the lead safe?


What the hell does this quote mean?

“There’s a lot of (expletive) being talked about you.”

We know the "S" word is in there, but what is Haley saying here? Josh accused of exactly what?

yeah even knowing for sure what he said still makes no sense. what does that have to do with ANYTHING that happened on the field on Sunday? we all know everyone wanted to ax McD after the last two games... is that what he was talking about? or is there some trash talk going around the league about McD from other coaches? Maybe Jeff Fisher called up Haley and they both felt like they got dissed by Josh somehow?

i have no idea what he could have meant. his own players were talking crap? okay, so what?

GridironChamp
11-17-2010, 01:03 PM
On radio shows around here they say Haley claims it was because McD kept dialing
up blitzes deep into the 4th quarter. Thats a much better reason, but still not worth
no shaking hands.

BroncoManiac_69
11-18-2010, 01:20 AM
yeah even knowing for sure what he said still makes no sense. what does that have to do with ANYTHING that happened on the field on Sunday? we all know everyone wanted to ax McD after the last two games... is that what he was talking about? or is there some trash talk going around the league about McD from other coaches? Maybe Jeff Fisher called up Haley and they both felt like they got dissed by Josh somehow?

i have no idea what he could have meant. his own players were talking crap? okay, so what?

But is that something to say at mid-field when you're supposed to be shaking hands?

Say something like that?

What an ass! WOW!

RealBronco
11-18-2010, 01:42 AM
But is that something to say at mid-field when you're supposed to be shaking hands?

Say something like that?

What an ass! WOW!

certainly not, for sure.

but whatever he was mad about, whether it was the blitzing deep into the 4th quarter, the alleged RUTS, or whatever it was... his comment doesn't fit any of those things and just straight up makes no sense.

maybe that's why Josh was chuckling as he walked away. like i said: what does his comment have to do with ANYTHING? lol

Mr.17.5
11-18-2010, 03:38 AM
screw him and his team

DenverChiefsFan
11-18-2010, 06:41 PM
screw him and his team
Todd Hailey is a professional...
..and over the course of his career he's taken quite a few losses with grace.

...SOMETHING was said/done to bring out that reaction.

It wasn't a class move, he apologized for it the very next day, and that apology was roundly accepted by most everybody here in Denver.

If the team still harbors a case of butthurt, they're more than welcome to work that out with the Chiefs...in Arrowhead.

broncosking209
11-18-2010, 06:59 PM
Todd Hailey is a professional...
..and over the course of his career he's taken quite a few losses with grace.

...SOMETHING was said/done to bring out that reaction.

It wasn't a class move, he apologized for it the very next day, and that apology was roundly accepted by most everybody here in Denver.

If the team still harbors a case of butthurt, they're more than welcome to work that out with the Chiefs...in Arrowhead.

no ones butt hurt but haley bro dont try and spin the situation

KCLadyFan
11-19-2010, 04:06 PM
A little late getting in on this...bad move by Haley...it happens...I expect better from a coach who is part of the Hunt organization.

DenverChiefsFan
11-20-2010, 06:19 AM
A little late getting in on this...bad move by Haley...it happens...I expect better from a coach who is part of the Hunt organization.
You can bet he got a call from Clark/Scott after that one...

I miss Tony G myself...but Moe helps ease the pain...
...and at least he did sign with a NFC team...unlike Neil Smith, who we had to watch go after our QB in a Bronco uni for a few years...

...word has it in the end T.G. will re-sign with KC to retire a Chief.

I hope so.