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Todd Haley now upset with John Harbaugh

Posted on: August 20, 2011 10:36 am
Todd Haley and John Harbaugh share a handshake and some words (AP).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

During Friday's preseason telecast between the Chiefs and the Ravens, the commentators wondered how Kansas City coach Todd Haley would react to a late Baltimore timeout and a touchdown run by RB Anthony Allen with eight seconds to play in the Ravens 31-14 win.

The producer even made sure to catch the postgame handshake between Haley and Ravens coach John Harbaugh as the two had a longer-than-normal conversation.

Sure enough, Haley was upset, which led Harbaugh to say this to reporters after the game.

"I want to apologize to the Chiefs if they feel like we were not doing the right thing at the end of the game," Harbaugh said, via MASN Sports. "That wasn't the mindset, OK? The mindset was -- this is the preseason. If this had been the regular season, we would've been on a knee. The idea in that situation is to give those young guys who work hard and who are trying to make a football team -- this football team or another football team -- to play the whole 60 minutes and give them a chance to show what they can do. Offensive line, running backs, everybody.

"I know that's debatable, I know there's a point of view both ways, I understand that. But I just feel like that was the right thing to do for our players, to give them a chance to play the game out and see what they can do. So, that was the thinking on that."

Harbaugh is wrong. That mindset isn’t “debatable.” No, that mindset is “perfectly reasonable.” Harbaugh even tried to explain it to Haley afterward.

"I think he said something like, 'I don't know about that,'" Harbaugh said. "I understood, and I just said, 'Preseason, preseason for the young guys.' He said 'OK.'

You’ll remember that Haley got really upset last year and refused to shake the hand of former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels for running up the score on the Chiefs or for McDaniels’ participation in New England’s Spygate or for something. You’ll also recall that it led to this classic picture of Haley wagging his finger in McDaniel’s face.

Haley, McDaniels

Haley later apologized for letting his emotions get the best of him, and the next time the two teams met, Haley and McDaniels did shake. Haley was given a pass because there were many observers who believed he was in the right against McDaniels.

But a preseason game when it’s clear the Ravens are trying to work on their team and see how their bubble players perform on the field? A preseason game that, last time I checked, doesn’t mean anything in the standings? I mean, really?

"Their coach has to do what he has to do to get his team ready," Haley said. "I'm trying to do what we need to do to get our team ready."

And if Haley is preparing himself for a long season of being offended by opposing coaches, he’s certainly on the right track.

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Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:39 pm

Todd Haley now upset with John Harbaugh's one more post since youre counting...if you can count to 4.  Stop being a homer.  Face it BOY,  Haley disrespected his own defense when he'd rather the Ravens 3rd team take a knee in the red zone rather than see if his D could stop them. Obviously, you and Todd feel The Chiefs dont need that red zone practice.  If I recall though, didnt the Ravens take a knee the LAST time they played each other in KC?   Hmmmm

Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:39 pm

The Chiefs are Soft Little Babies

Pre season and Haley is already crying. This Broncos fan is laughing. 

Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:28 pm

Todd Haley now upset with John Harbaugh

This guy seems like he might have a Woody Hayes type moment coming up before too long.


Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:25 pm

Todd Haley now upset with John Harbaugh

Todd Haley needs to stop being so sensitive.. this is football! Preseason... MAN UP!

Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 3:56 pm

Todd Haley now upset with John Harbaugh


Thanks for the 12 replies. Didnt mean to get under your skin so much. Damn BOY. Calm down, it is only preseason. And I still dont see why its an issue. If there was an issue it was taken care of when the two coaches shook hands. And the quotes still show Hailey didnt have a problem with it after the game.

And thanks for pointing out my errors in grammar. Glad this is English Class 101. Look at your dumbass posts, all 3 or 4 of em. REALLY!???  awesome bmoredouche. AND THEY STOPPED THE RUN IN THE FIRST HALF!     (Is this enough spaces?) SO calm DoWN.

Still a none story. CBS writer filling sometime.

Oh and I stopped watching after Stanzi's first series. No real need to waste my time when there are much better things to do.

Since: Mar 29, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 3:47 pm

Todd Haley now upset with John Harbaugh

Haley needs to man up and have his team prepared to play the entire 60 minutes of the game!  If he keeps up his whiny, immature behavior then I can see teams going out of their way to run up the score at the end of the game.

Since: May 25, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 3:38 pm

Toddie Poo (AKA cry baby) now upset with Johnny

I was at the game, well atleast earlier, and left in the 4th qtr with 8mins left. I missed the 2nd and third string lineups fighting for a position to be on a "professional" football team. 

Why is it if your team SUCKS and can't put points up on the board, that the other team needs to stop putting points up on the board? I understand in a PeeWee league the need to curve the scores but for professionals? It wasn't even 20pts. 

Perhaps Todd Haley needs to get stop whining Cry and actually do something about the point spread. Did anyoneCry forget this is preseason?

Since: Apr 28, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 3:20 pm
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Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 3:19 pm

Todd Haley now upset with John Harbaugh

Haley's the most petulant coach in the NFL.  At what point do you think the Quee!s' players realize "we got a %$@% at the helm?  When he starts crying after a loss or after a win?

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 2:40 pm

Todd Haley now upset with John Harbaugh

I think there is nothing wrong with running your 3rd team in a 2 minute drill and goal line situation.
Last time I checked this off season was the only one to not feature OTA's & Training camp etc.
So WTF is Haley upset about?

This game meant nothing and this Ravens team is stacked with young talent vying for a job including both running backs that scored in the last 2 minutes. 60 minutes is 60 minutes and every minute is needed to evaluate - this year more than any other.

Harbaugh even explained so much at the FIRST opportunity with the media.

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