The Chiefs will visit the Steelers on Monday night in a football game that's, frankly, a little uninspiring. But if you're looking for a reason to watch this game, how does revenge sound?
Because it probably sounds pretty good to Todd Haley, who was fired by Kansas City midseason last year. According to Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, "you can see" that Haley wants this win a little more than usual.
"He wants to win every game, as we all do," Roethlisberger said per the Kansas City Star. "But without him saying it, you can see it … anytime you've got a guy on your team who used to play for another team, there's always a little incentive that you want to win for that guy.
"We haven't practiced yet, but throughout meetings and stuff, you can kind of see it a little bit. I don't think he's admitted it yet."
There's no question that Haley wants this one bad. His firing -- and much of his time in Kansas City -- got a little ugly. He was canned midseason, and much of the blame surrounding the Chiefs' inability to win was pegged on Haley rather than general manager Scott Pioli.
Haley took the offensive coordinator gig with the Steelers, and his success has gone wildly under the radar. Roethlisberger's playing at an MVP level right now, and the Steelers are starting to show life in the running game despite a plethora of injuries to their backs.
KC, on the other hand, can't move the ball much, refuses to use Jamaal Charles and is stuck flip-flopping between Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel. This game has the potential to get ugly if the Steelers show up in a big way. The guess here is that Haley won't let his foot off the gas when they do, thanks in large part to the way that his departure from the Chiefs went down.
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