NFL.com analyst Pat Kirwan easily could have let Chiefs coach Todd Haley off the hook when he was asked in his Monday chat about Haley’s reaction following Sunday’s embarrassing loss to the Denver Broncos. The questioner, Tom from Scotland, likely didn’t know that Kirwan and Haley have been friends for nearly 20 years.
Still, Kirwan did not give the second-year coach a pass for refusing to shake hands with Denver coach Josh McDaniels after the 49-29 shellacking.
“Todd Haley was an intern when I was at the Jets,” Kirwan wrote. “He’s a fiery young guy who’s doing a terrific job coaching the team. But that was a tactical error and he will regret it — whether he says so or not.”
(In fact, he did say so a few hours after Kirwan’s chat – apologizing for his actions in a Monday press conference. “I let the emotions of the situation get to me too much,” Haley said.)
But Kirwan’s point had nothing to do with whether or not the Broncos should have had their starters going in the third quarter with such a big lead. It was all about setting a good example. “Josh won the game and deserved the handshake,” Kirwan noted. “There are high school coaches watching these games, and before long, they’ll be doing those things. A lot is at stake for Todd and he shouldn’t have done it.”
For the complete chat, click here.