The act seemed immature, and wound up making Broncos coach Josh McDaniels look sympathetic, no matter the reasons why Haley was upset. McDaniels was asked Monday why he thought Haley was upset.
“I don’t know. Im not sure about that,” McDaniels said in video we watched on DenverBroncos.com. “I was proud of the way we played.”
Haley may have been upset about the Denver defense taking a timeout with ten seconds left. McDaniels said that the timeout came from linebacker D.J. Williams. There was confusion about how the Broncos would line up on a play because McDaniels didn’t substitute defenders as usual when the Chiefs did. (In that sense, he may have been not trying to pile on the Chiefs like Haley thought.)
McDaniels didn’t want to belabor the point or particularly think it was a big deal. He stressed how much respect he has for so many people in Kansas City. “It’s part of the game and we all make choices,” McDaniels said.
We don’t think it’s a particularly big deal either, although Haley has to worry about his perception as a hothead becoming reality. Here’s Haley vaguely trying explain it all.