What Next … S’mores? A Sleepover?

From Arrowhead Stadium

They made nice Sunday afternoon. It was about five minutes after the top of the three o’clock hour on a cold afternoon and one of the most awaited moments of the Chiefs-Broncos game was about to happen.

Surrounded by their security details and more TV mini-cams and photographers than a Lindsay Lohan arrival at the courthouse, Todd Haley and Josh McDaniels got together.

Like most sequels, this one turned out to be a dud. There was no passion, no finger wagging, no epithets exchanged. Three weeks ago at the end of the first game between the Chiefs and Broncos, Haley refused McDaniels hand, instead wagging his finger at his counterpart and touching off one of those controversies that fuel the division passions inside the AFC West. The next day Haley said he was sorry, in one of the least heart-felt apologies the NFL has seen in some time.

So when the teams had their re-match on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, no one left their seats before the end of the game. Forget about beating the traffic; everyone waited for the next move from these second-year head coaches.

Those expecting fireworks were disappointed. After the Chiefs 10-6 victory, Haley and McDaniels met at midfield and practically sang Kumbaya together. They shook hands. They gave each other a hug. There were whispers in the ears, a pat on the back for Haley and a pat on the head for McDaniels and then they were gone, headed for their locker rooms.

It was just the normal post-game show that NFL coaches perform every week. Thank goodness their teams played with more passion. When asked about the post-game hug and pat, Haley verbally ran in the other direction.

“I appreciate everyone liking to talk about it, but it’s just such a big win for our team,” Haley said. “That’s what I prefer to keep it about because this was a big win; a division win at home in December.”

McDaniels had nothing but platitudes for Haley and his team. “I have to congratulate Kansas City. I thought they did a really nice job. Their staff did make some adjustments from our first game and I think that’s why the game totally took a different spin.”

So much for advancing the rivalry between these two teams and these two coaches!

4 Responses to “What Next … S’mores? A Sleepover?”

  • December 6, 2010  - Chiefs Set Up San Diego Showdown | Chiefs Football at BobGretz.com says:

    [...] SIDEBAR – Coaches make nice. [...]

  • December 6, 2010  - Brad says:

    I wonder if Haley’s outburst last time had anything to do with the Donkey’s filming practices?

  • December 6, 2010  - Dave says:

    Brad, I think that’s a good possibility and I’ve kinda thought that myself for a little while, too. Since he used the words “around the league” that leads me to believe he was angry about more than just getting blown out.

    The hug didn’t bother me. Regardless of how the coaches act on camera, I will always hate the donkey’s more than any other team. Always.

  • December 6, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    I think a simple hand shake would have been good enough. The hug was a little over the top! It kinda made me sick, a little too nicey nicey blah!

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