OTC: Is Haley A Gambler Or A Gunther?

“A series of unfortunate events. The thing to do there would be to kick the field goal. Just an awful sequence for the Chiefs.”
Rich Gannon, after Matt Cassel was sacked following Haley’s decision to go for it on fourth and goal instead of attempting a short field goal against Denver, CBS
GH: The Chiefs won and that is all that matters in the NFL. Just ask San Diego. But Haley continues to gamble with the Chiefs’ fortunes at times that look to be not only poor decisions but plain old dumb. Read on.
 
“That’s just stupid. That is stupid football.”
Shan Shariff, on Haley’s decision to ignore the field goal on fourth down, 610 AM
GH: If the Knowshon Moreno busts one of his long second-half runs to the end zone and the Chiefs lose 13-10, Haley gets lit up brighter than the mayor’s Christmas tree this week on local radio.
 
“You can’t do that, man. When you’re there (near the end zone) and you can go up by two scores, (kicking the field goal) is the smart intelligent thing to do. Sooner or later that’s gonna hurt this team. That’s gonna kill this team rather in a game. You’ve got to be a lot smarter than that. That wasn’t a smart call. There’s no way around that.”
Jayice Pearson, on Haley’s decision to ignore the field goal on fourth down, 610 AM
GH: Haley has to be smarter than he looks, sounds and coaches, doesn’t he? Or is this as good as it gets with him? He seems to be bent on reinventing the game to his image and I don’t think that has worked real well for anybody not named Lombardi, Walsh or Belichick. So maybe Haley joins that elite group some day as a football genius? Or is he the next Gunther?
 
“Boy, he’s not happy being taken out of the ball game but you just can’t have those kind of mistakes.”
Rich Gannon, after Barry Richardson was taken out due to his false start near the goal line, CBS
GH: Richardson pushed, screamed and then shoved special teams’ coach Steve Hoffman in chest. NBC replayed the video almost as often as we saw Santa tug on that Capital One’s little Viking kid’s beard Sunday. My first reaction was shock that an offensive lineman had that kind of fire. Read on.
 
“You know how they say a dog is like his owner? Well, a player takes on the personality of his head coach. And that’s a fact. (Richardson) definitely blew a gasket there, no doubt about it. But two weeks ago we saw Todd blow a gasket with Maurice Carthon. These things happen. There’s a lot of testosterone there. … I don’t think anything will happen to him.”
Bill Maas, 610 AM
GH: Opinions on this subject varied wildly. Most callers wanted Richardson fined, suspended or penalized by the team. Most players shrugged and even giggled. Read on.
 
“As a player you like that (Richardson exploded), to be honest with you. And even hitting the coach; that’s pretty funny coming from a player’s standpoint.”
Jayice Pearson, 610 AM
GH: The NFL is not the real world, as much as fans want to make it real. One irate caller compared Richardson’s act to striking an officer in wartime. That’s nuttier than Haley’s fourth down gambles. Read on.
 
“I can handle that. Can you handle that?”
Terry Bradshaw, after watching Richardson shove the Chiefs’ assistant coach, Fox
GH: The Fox NFL highlight show aired two clips of the Chiefs’ game. One was Pope’s TD catch the other was Richardson exploding on the sideline and shoving Hoffman.
 
“You cannot go push a coach! You cannot tolerate that kind of thing…and Haley said it was fine! I think it sets a terrible precedent.”
Jack Harry, 810 AM
GH: Haley dismissed Richardson’s behavior during his postgame presser but later recanted his thoughts to say; “I was unaware of the complete situation yesterday.” Whether he was or not, he now understands the intense scrutiny this Chiefs “highlight” has received from the national media. I expect Richardson will do 10 bear crawls and Haley will call it good.
 
“You can’t be a disciplined football team if you’re on the sideline shoving coaches.”
Soren Petro, who said he is in favor of suspending Richardson, 810 Am
GH: Sure you can. You just can’t have players shoving important coaches. The special teams coach on almost every team is about as important as the mascot. Haley will trade a bruised ego from Hoffman for a fired-up Richardson every Sunday.
 
“To me, I look at it as the guy blew up and you move on.”
Bob Fescoe, on Richardson’s sideline rant, 610 AM
GH: Yep. And I think the Chiefs have already done just that.
 
“Somewhere in the top four. Somewhere in the top four or five.”
Jason LaCanfora, NFL insider, when asked by Bob Fescoe to rate the Chiefs in the AFC, 610 AM
GH: Are the Chiefs one of the top five teams in the AFC? Why not?
 
“Even if the bottom falls out (for the Chiefs), this season has been a success.”
Nick Wright, 610 AM
GH: I struggle with this one. When you begin to raise the expectations bar, the fall can be devastating. A collapse at this juncture and missing the playoffs would shatter a fragile Chiefs’ fan base.
 
“(Verran) Tucker has really had an outstanding second half of the season.”
Rich Gannon, on the Chiefs’ wide receiver, CBS
GH: Goofy-speak from talking heads is one of my pet peeves in sports broadcasting. Tucker has six catches for the season and one very nice touchdown grab. Despite my limited vocabulary, Tuckers play in no way deserves to be categorized as “outstanding.” Offhand exaggerations such as this from Gannon diminish his comments about the truly worthy performers.
 
“Again I repeat; Denver has had no running plays over 20 yards all season and (Knowshon) Moreno’s had two this quarter.”
Mitch Holthus, on the porous run defense of the Chiefs, Chiefs Radio Network
GH: The Chiefs’ run defense looks lost far too often for my taste but they end up giving up six points. Hard to bitch about the scoreboard results.
 
“Champ Bailey all day has dominated Dwayne Bowe.”
Rich Gannon, after NBC ran a highlight package showing clips of Bowe being blanketed by the Denver All-Pro, CBS
 
“Champ Bailey ate (Bowe) for lunch.”
Danny Clinkscale, 810 AM
GH: This was not good and might say more about the other Chiefs’ wideouts than Bowe. But Bailey is a helluva cover corner and he gave Bowe plenty of humble pie to digest.
 
“(Denver) is just bad by record.”
Bill Maas, to those calling Denver a bad team and questioning why the Chiefs struggled, 610 AM
GH: I understand what Maas is saying. The NFL can make good teams look bad just because they don’t win. It also works the other way when a team like the Chiefs wins a lot of games but isn’t necessarily good. Let’s hope that is not the case.
 
“Apparently that was a piece of art. I’ve really got to brush up on my art skills.”
Ian Eagle, after seeing a video of the shuttlecocks in front of the Nelson-Atkins Art Gallery, CBS
GH: I have grown accustomed to the shuttlecocks and now even seek them out as I drive by. The alien curlers atop Bartle Hall as well now beckon to me. Funny how art works that way. So why does the allure of a spouse often work in the opposite direction? I should have married the Mona Lisa.
 
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16 Responses to OTC: Is Haley A Gambler Or A Gunther?

  1. Gavin says:

    headline
    So, I take it your wife still doesn’t read your column?

  2. bschloz says:

    Red Zone Collaspe
    Pulling Richardson out of the game was chickenshit Harry High-School coaching at its best…… and you could tell that just kind of escalated into Haley going for it which was 2X worse blunder than the kid jumping……division games in Dec. good times…….We dodged the NFL Gods on that one.

  3. Guy Who Says What Others Think says:

    Call me when the Chiefs beat someone good.
    Until then…SNORE!

  4. olathecat says:

    Amazing what a win can do
    If the Chiefs would have lost yesterday, which could have easily happened, fans and the media would be irate today that Haley passed on the field goal and Richardson went off on the sideline. They would have been saying Haley is a total nutbag who has no control over his players. I think he’s a lot closer to that than he is some kind of innovator.

  5. Johnny Utah says:

    Right call, wrong play
    These "football insiders" all say the same thing: kick the fieldgoal. I say nonsense, and I agree with Haley. He thinks they can get a yard, and he’s challenging the team to sieze the day. That’s inspiring! I don’t understand the playcall though. KC is the No.1 running team in the nfl, and has two good short yardage runners. Plus, if you run and miss, Denver has it inside their own 5. the sack allowed Denver to start at the 15.

  6. mark x says:

    Nice one, Greg …

  7. chuck says:

    Tear down those alien curlers Mr. Gorbachev!!
    I think that Barlte Hall would look much better with busts of John, Paul, George and Ringo, I said busts, heh heh. You said shuttlecocks, heh heh. ———————————-Mark x is right, the Chefs have way outperformed expectations and Haley is crazy. Its kind of cool really.——Plus STDiego lost, Chefs fans are on the rail coming around the Turn!

  8. Kerouac says:

    RAIDERS MAY JUST TAKE THE WEST YET
    Come January looks as if they’ll certainly make it 2-0 vs kc to end the season here on a high note (well, for the Raiders anyway.) If their injuries subside, I still like the Chargers to finish first, followed by OAK in 2nd place. SUN, their defense did the same thing SD that OAK’s did to kc: physically intimidate them; fortunately for SD here in kc we spell ferocious 0-1 vs winning teams, 2-2 vs .500 teams, 2-1 vs sub .500 teams and 4-0 vs winless teams. ____________ "GH: Are the Chiefs one of the top five teams in the AFC? Why not?" ~ ~ NYJ, NE, PITTS, BALT say no X4… IND & HOU both already whupped kc, so, we’re up to 6 teams that are better. SD (even sans Jackson & Sproles likely) is better than kc & should win easily Sunday, so that makes an Magnificent 7. Aft those teams, there’s OAK & then everybody else including kcinderella. __________

  9. harley says:

    to all the naysayers/negative/brow beating jump on
    the bandwagon now fans of the Chiefs.
    Come on out to a game. Theres plenty of seats. Its like a rebirth of the
    90’s. You all have attempted to drag this team down with your
    negativity. Facts and statsitics do not lie (unless you’re part of the
    glass family runing the royals).
    This team is good…8-4…and on the vergeof really one of the true
    biggest comebacks in the nfl. AT 11-5 THE DIAMOND TRIAANGLE OF
    HALEY/WEISS/CRENEL HAS TAKEN A RAG TAG BUNCH OF PLAYERS
    AND MADE THEM WINNERS. OUTCASTS…YOUNG GUYS WHO WON IN
    COLLEGE BUT DIDN’T UNDERSTAND THE PRO GAME…OVER THE HILL
    PLAYERS….COLLEGE BACKUPS….DISHEARTENED PLAYERS…
    ANGRY PLAYERS….POORLY PAID PLAYERS….LUCKY GUYS WHO
    WORKED THEIR ASS OFF THE MAKE THE TEAM….HANGER ONS
    WHO SHOWED PERSISTENCE AND PATIENCE….ALL BROUGHT TOGETHER
    TO BE ON THE THRESHHOLD OF SOMETHING HUGE.
    Guys like hall and glazer…who sat watching their 50 inch hdtv’s
    and critisizing this team week in/week out. The true fans of the
    chiefs came back…knowing that this might be something really
    cool.
    Us 20 year fans invite you all to come out and experience a great
    team and the return of arrowhead stadium. Tickets are around $30
    and we’ll need your support in the last 2 home games to come out
    and scream for this team.
    The ride has been long….something special in happening….come on
    out….we need another 10,000 fans to get us into the playoffs….
    get off your asses….or you’ll miss one of the great seasons in
    kc chiefs history…………….
    also…according to vhearne…we’re all invited to the KC confidential
    xmas party dec. 20 at Jardines….and hearne and glazer are buying
    drinks for the house……

  10. harley says:

    WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM
    love it when mitch says that…..and how abgout lennyy….he’s more
    excited than anyone to see this season…..

  11. harley says:

    I LOVE RICHARDSON…
    RICHARDSON SHOWED SOME MUTHA F*CKING PASSION AND
    PRIDE….ITS ABOUT TIME SOMEONE GOT PISSED OFF ON THIS
    TEAM…HE’S GONNA TEAR UP THE OPPONENTS THE NEXT 4 GAMES
    MAYBE RICHARDSON SHOULD TEACH OBAMA HOW TO HAVE
    SOME GUTS!

  12. Uncle Dick says:

    Another fat lip?
    If Obama takes lessons from Richardson, Hillary’s going to kick his ass. Then she has to fight Michelle, might be as big as Ali/Frasier. Catfight in the Cabinet.

  13. MoCrash says:

    Ch. 5 post-game show a disgrace
    Who is the idiot anchor who kept insisting during the opening minutes of Channel 5’s Chiefs post-game show that the score was 12-6 due to the safety which wasn’t? It was simply inexcusable that an hour after the end of the game, he was so ill-prepared (I wonder if he even watched the game). Further, when running the clips initially, they left out Richardson’s offsides and sideline blow-up, when that was a major highlight (low-light?) of a game which had few of them. Both the anchor and director should be fired and competent people brought in to salvage a disgraceful performance with poor production values (the show looks like was taped on mylar reel).

  14. Arte says:

    Ch. 5
    It was Michael Coleman who twice reported the final score as 12-6.

  15. harley says:

    YOURE ALL WRONG…
    the biggest idiot of the entire day….all the broadcasts…the game
    was the country music singer who screwed up the national
    anthem before the game and got booed.
    He was with some country band and he FORGOT THE WORDS…
    A BIT OF ADVICE TO THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO SING THE NATIONAL
    ANTHEM….DON’T FORGET THE FUCKING WORDS OR YOU’LL GET
    BOOED BACK TO ALABAMA!

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