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Chiefs punter says Todd Haley thinks Josh McDaniels was cheating

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Last season, after the Broncos beat the Chiefs for one of Denver’s rare wins since starting the 2009 season 6-0, Kansas City coach Todd Haley’s post-game handshake with former Broncos coach Josh McDaniels was replaced with a pointed index finger.

Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt, appearing on the Vic & Gary show on 102.3 the Fan in Denver, offered an eye-opening explanation for the maneuver.

Haley, per Colquitt, thought McDaniels was cheating.

“I don’t know if I can answer that within the locker room, but I know that it has something to do with the Spygate, the videotaping,” Colquitt said.  “All the stuff like that.  And I think that Haley was like, ‘Listen, based on that game I can tell what you are doing, and you are cheating.’ . . .

“I think it was just a culmination of rumors and [McDaniels] had been involved in that in New England possibly before, and so Todd was just kind of saying, ‘Look, with the game plan we had and what you guys already knew we were gonna do, this is’ . . . basically saying it was ‘bush, bush league.’”

Given the candor that players have been displaying of late, we’re kind of starting to like the lockout.

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62 Responses to “Chiefs punter says Todd Haley thinks Josh McDaniels was cheating”
  1. goldeelox says: Jul 13, 2011 5:41 PM

    Not very good at it.

  2. onemilemore says: Jul 13, 2011 5:43 PM

    In related news, Colquitt gets cut when the lockout ends…

  3. dje81 says: Jul 13, 2011 5:45 PM

    This site loves articles that revolve around “he said this, he said that” lately.

    Who cares what the Cheifs PUNTER has to say!?!?

    Sorry, This lockout stuff makes me so bitter.

  4. kalispellmt says: Jul 13, 2011 5:46 PM

    Is it me, or is there something about McDaniels that just doesn’t sit right?

  5. rvabronco says: Jul 13, 2011 5:47 PM

    I am a huuuuuge Broncos fan, and I traveled all the way from Virginia to Denver to see this game. I have to agree with the Chiefs punter. We played almost too good. It made us look like the best team in the AFC, not the worst. I would not put it past that lying midget one bit! He ruined my beloved Broncos and it will take years to rebuild them.

  6. kalispellmt says: Jul 13, 2011 5:48 PM

    Is it me, or is there something about McDaniels that just doesn’t sit right?

    I don’t trust the guy as far as my grandma can throw him.

  7. prosb4hos says: Jul 13, 2011 5:48 PM

    Only losers cheat. Oh wait…

  8. drevilstolemymojito says: Jul 13, 2011 5:49 PM

    I bet old Josh was cheating. The Broncos seemed to know the Chifs plays even before the ball was snapped in that game.

  9. kalispellmt says: Jul 13, 2011 5:50 PM

    Apologies for the double click.

  10. drevilstolemymojito says: Jul 13, 2011 5:50 PM

    …the Chiefs that is.

  11. goawayeverybody says: Jul 13, 2011 5:50 PM

    Of course he was cheating. He’s a Belichick disciple.

  12. j0esixpack says: Jul 13, 2011 5:50 PM

    Sour grapes by Haley – if McDaniels was cheating then Haley has the distinction of being one of the few teams to be unable to overcome it

    Sounds like he was looking for excuses and had no proof.

    If he did have proof he should have reported it to the league and let them investigate

    Making an unsubstantiated allegation should leave Haley looking at league fines – not McDaniels.

  13. ampats says: Jul 13, 2011 5:51 PM

    Todd Haley made an assinine accusation because he got his ass WHIPPED. Because he got beat so bad he accuses the other coach of cheating without any tangible proof to date?

    It shows Todd Haley’s true character.

  14. hobartbaker says: Jul 13, 2011 5:52 PM

    Uuuh….Dustin Dimwit, I think it was pretty well established that McDaniels was not cheating in
    Denver. Not to mention that Haley worked for the Pats as well. It was just a case of BAD LOSER. Which is what Haley will be for his entire career.

  15. PFTiswhatitis says: Jul 13, 2011 5:52 PM

    Haley is a dope.

  16. champgiff says: Jul 13, 2011 5:55 PM

    And yet another reason I’m shocked McDaniels made it out of Denver alive. McDaniels wrote the textbook for how to dismantle a franchise as quickly as possible….leaving us Broncos fans left drowning in the wake.

  17. rcunningham says: Jul 13, 2011 5:56 PM

    I dunno, I’d be pretty pissed too if I lost to Josh McDaniels, cheating or no cheating.

  18. footballfanatic3431 says: Jul 13, 2011 5:58 PM

    Haley came off as a winey, poor sport who just got his ass handed to him when he refused to shake McDaniels’ hand.

    Granted, the Chiefs had a better year in the end, but the Broncos kicked the crap out of the Chiefs 49-29 when they came to Mile High.

    It was even worse then the score indicates.

  19. contra74 says: Jul 13, 2011 6:00 PM

    You may like the lockout but fans of the pre-lockout PFT are not. You guys are pretty much posting anything having to do with anyone with titles like “TO pays his child support”….GREAT!

  20. yelix says: Jul 13, 2011 6:05 PM

    I don’t know about cheating, but as a Chiefs fan, that game was stupid. It just seemed like Denver got every lucky bounce that they could possibly get. Denver’s defense was strangely competent, too, considering that they’ve looked about as good as a high school defense for a couple of years now.

  21. vietnambob2473 says: Jul 13, 2011 6:05 PM

    Chiefs got destroyed that game, accept it and move on.

  22. hus10188 says: Jul 13, 2011 6:07 PM

    I have never looked at the Patriots and Belicheat’s coaching tree the same ever since spygate came out.

    No wonder Josh Mcdaniels was so pumped after he beat his master in Denver that year, they were probably both cheating on one another, filming each others walk throughs.

    Actually it was said, while McDaniels was fist pumping all over Invesco after the win over the pats, he was said to be mouthing, “I cheated better than you, Bill, you taught me well ol’ buddy!”

    You can’t cheat on those Giants though, 18-1, HA!

  23. rayvens says: Jul 13, 2011 6:07 PM

    Josh McDaniels was a secret spy sent to tear down the Broncos from the inside!..paid for by the rest of the AFC West…Mission Completed Successfully!

  24. imjustabloggerdotcom says: Jul 13, 2011 6:08 PM

    That would not surprise me at all!! Cheaters are people who are obsessed with winning but lacks what it takes to win. Haley wasn’t upset with him for nothing!!

  25. yelix says: Jul 13, 2011 6:09 PM

    As much as I’m starting to like Haley, the pointed index finger was out of hand. Well, at least it would be if it had been directed at someone slightly more respectable than McDaniels.

  26. semperfi24 says: Jul 13, 2011 6:19 PM

    rvabronco says:Jul 13, 2011 5:47 PM

    I am a huuuuuge Broncos fan, and I traveled all the way from Virginia to Denver to see this game. I have to agree with the Chiefs punter. We played almost too good. It made us look like the best team in the AFC, not the worst. I would not put it past that lying midget one bit! He ruined my beloved Broncos and it will take years to rebuild them.
    ________________________

    Wait, the Broncos were good before McDaniels got there? And he took them from being good, to being terrible? When the hell did this happen? You cant ruin something that already sucks, lol

  27. wtfchiefs says: Jul 13, 2011 6:20 PM

    Denver cheat??? No!

  28. bigbeefyd says: Jul 13, 2011 6:21 PM

    Huge Bronco fan here…season ticket holder, blue and orange blood, the works. McDaniels did, indeed, cheat against the 49ers (we lost anyway, how pitiful is that). I htink that the Chiefs game, though, was just one of those “any given Sunday” games. And Todd Haley couldn’t stand the thought that he had been beaten by a really bad team. Oh, and it’s the freakin’ PUNTER. So who cares?

  29. awestcave says: Jul 13, 2011 6:21 PM

    hobartbaker says: Jul 13, 2011 5:52 PM

    Not to mention that Haley worked for the Pats as well….
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    BRONG.

  30. roxtar10 says: Jul 13, 2011 6:35 PM

    Dear Baby Jesus,

    Please end this lockout.
    We have resorted to hearsay from a PUNTER…yes…a punter…about what someone else THINKS may have happened to someone who is no longer coaching in the league.
    That’s our news, Baby Jesus.
    We need you now.

    Amen.

  31. bolt4life says: Jul 13, 2011 6:39 PM

    So in other words, Haley was being a little whiny butt because his gameplan didn’t work the way he wanted it to? Grow up, it’s football. Sometimes the other team out schemes you.

  32. hobartbaker says: Jul 13, 2011 6:42 PM

    Haley worked for the Jets, where Scarnacchia was before he came to Denver. Haley was close to Scott Pioli who was in N.E. at the same time as Josh. Scarnacchia went from N.E. to the Jets. Haley is just as likely to be cheating as McDaniels, even if he is only about half as smart.

  33. hobartbaker says: Jul 13, 2011 6:45 PM

    Just look at that twisted little weasel shaking his finger in the picture. Would you want that man to coach your team? I think not.

  34. scrotiemcb says: Jul 13, 2011 6:49 PM

    Its pretty hard to ruin a team when you inherit such legendary starters like Marquand Manual, Hamza Abdullah(replacing Marlin McCree, replacing whoever Lowery), Dre Bly, Nate Webster, Jamie Wimborne, Duane Robinson, John Engleberger, the punch drunk Ben Hamilton, Tony “I Show up Once-Every Other Month” Scheffler and his BFF Jay “The Pick” Cutler (who musta missed his nap one fateful day), the fearsome two headed RB tandem of Selvin Young and Michael Pittman, and, of course, the consummate teammate and pro Brandon Marshall. I think accusing anybody of ruining that is like murdering a drowned man.

    On a related note, why cheat like that just one time?…against the lowly (although super-charmed) Chiefs.

  35. atwatercrushesokoye says: Jul 13, 2011 6:51 PM

    Haley is a tool! Now that Weis is gone they’ll be back to 5-11 territory that Chiefs fans know best and are most comfortable in! After this next season Haley will be out looking for a new job just like the most overrated man in the NFL Scott Pioli. It’s gonna be sweet to watch!

    One question Chiefs fans, who are you going to take with your top 5 pick in the 2012 draft?!

  36. patsforever says: Jul 13, 2011 6:52 PM

    It’s called being a sore loser.

  37. champgiff says: Jul 13, 2011 6:57 PM

    I need a good priest and a bad priest to begin the exorcism of the demons McDbag left in Denver.

  38. raidermick says: Jul 13, 2011 7:03 PM

    I am really tired of all this twisting and taking out of context going on on this site.

    If you review this clearly here’s what Haley really said to McDaniels while pointing his finger…

    “The Raiders will kick all of our asses this year in the AFC West. Don’t f&%K with them or they will take it out on us”

    Hey he was right!!!

    Late…

  39. bradwins says: Jul 13, 2011 7:07 PM

    Whoa whoa whoa. Now we’ve got punters trolling? You don’t see PFT commenters trying to punt, do you? Let us all stick to what we know.

  40. canjura says: Jul 13, 2011 7:27 PM

    as a Rams fan, as long as he never gets caught in the STL, I have no problems with what McDaniels does to build his gameplan. I’m just saying though. :D

  41. benh999 says: Jul 13, 2011 7:28 PM

    If McDaniels was a cheat, why did he turn his videographer in for filming the 49ers walkthrough in London? And in all fairness to Haley, he never publicly accused McDaniels of cheating — his punter did.

    Then again, Haley and McDaniels are just about the two least likable guys in the NFL this side of Goodell, so who really cares?

  42. mogogo1 says: Jul 13, 2011 7:38 PM

    semperfi24 says: Jul 13, 2011 6:19

    PMWait, the Broncos were good before McDaniels got there? And he took them from being good, to being terrible? When the hell did this happen? You cant ruin something that already sucks, lol

    ____________________________________

    He certainly took their offense from being good to terrible. When Josh arrived they had the 3rd ranked offense in the NFL with an All-Pro QB and All-Pro #1 receiver…both whom McDaniels sent packing. They also had a promising young RB named Peyton Hillis that Josh ended up giving to Cleveland for Brady Quinn…who never even played a down for the Broncos. It’s hard to overstate how badly McDaniels destroyed that team.

  43. CKL says: Jul 13, 2011 7:47 PM

    kalispellmt says:
    Jul 13, 2011 5:48 PM
    Is it me, or is there something about McDaniels that just doesn’t sit right?

    I don’t trust the guy as far as my grandma can throw him.
    _________________________________
    That is a wise opinion. As a Pats fan, I feel he is dead to me since he threw his old boss under the bus when he got caught taping another team’s practice, which is something the Pats never were proven to have done. Ever. After everything BB did to help this guy get a HC job, he just whips him right under that bus. Disgraceful.

  44. schemefactory says: Jul 13, 2011 7:54 PM

    ha! bradwins

  45. spliffbunker says: Jul 13, 2011 8:00 PM

    the Broncos blew the Chiefs out that day but in all the post game speculation of how why Haley reacted the way he did whats forgotten that before the game got out of control the Cheifs were driving and challenged a call on the field…

    it looked like it would be overturned but for one problem…the instant replay equipment didnt work…

    had the Cheifs scored on that possession it might have been a far different game and I have a feeling that is what Haley was going off about

    how many times has instant replay been shut down because of equipment problems ?

  46. dennis2488 says: Jul 13, 2011 8:21 PM

    yea because its so hard to gameplan for the chiefs. put 6 guys on charles and 5 guys on bowe.

  47. 1historian says: Jul 13, 2011 8:52 PM

    Stealing signals is as old as the hills in all sports.

    If the other team is stealing your signals – either find a better way of sending them or change them

    Connecting the accusations against McDaniels to the fact that he was OC for New England 3 years ago is silly

  48. jskill3 says: Jul 13, 2011 8:52 PM

    You have to admit the Broncos seemed to recognized the play before the snap every single time Colquitt was on the field….

  49. 1historian says: Jul 13, 2011 8:59 PM

    McDaniels got the HC job after one season as OC for one of the greatest offenses in the history of the league.

    New England didn’t score all those points because of his genius play calling. Since he got that job in Denver McDaniels has become the poster-boy for “in-over-his-head”

    Reminder – The Pats were caught stealing signals in the first half of the first game of the season. At the time they led 14-7. After getting caught they won the second half 24-7. Given the headlines at the time it would follow that they would be watched extra closely by the league. No more complaints.

    The rumors that they had been doing it for 7 years prior to – how did it take the league 7 years to catch them and only catch them when a former assistant of Belichik turned them in? I still haven’t seen a good answer for that one.

  50. joetoronto says: Jul 13, 2011 9:34 PM

    They’re both weasels.

  51. backuppunter says: Jul 13, 2011 9:38 PM

    news flash: coaches cheat when they can, proffesional athletes use steroids, and women fart.

  52. normswifevera says: Jul 14, 2011 12:52 AM

    McDaniels was only doing his job. Historically, the Broncos are far bigger cheaters than the Patriots or any other team have ever been accused of being.

    They cheated the salary cap to put together the only roster that ever won them anything. If that weren’t enough, they cheated on the field at the same time, most infamously having their offensive line grease up their jerseys with an illegal substance in the ’97 playoffs.

    And, of course, they regularly utilized illegal and dirty cut-blocks during the same time period.

    McD was just following the proud Bronco tradition. To people asking why he only cheated in this one game, he probably didn’t. But this game with KC came after Denver’s bye week, which means they had extra time to prepare.

    Josh knew his seat was hot. KC is a big rival and was the 1st place team in the division. He wasn’t taking any chances that day. Even late when the Broncos had the game well in hand, they kept blitzing over 20 times in the 4th quarter. The replay equipment in the stadium worked for the Broncos, but when the Chiefs challenged a play, replay suddenly couldn’t be used. All bases were covered.

    McD just figured he was doing what Pat Bowlen would want him to. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

  53. normswifevera says: Jul 14, 2011 12:58 AM

    And for people doubting the KC punter, keep in mind that his brother is a Bronco. And his brother has no reason to protect McDaniels any longer.

    Dustin Colquitt might know more than anyone about what Denver pulled that day.

  54. recoveryboys says: Jul 14, 2011 6:39 AM

    I like Daniels for fantasy football purposes,but he is a cheat just like old patsie bosses.
    There should be a hall of shame containing the Reggie Bush heisman and the 3 lombardies from new england.
    It should be built in that endzone section where Jerry Jones constructs 800.00 seats that cant pass building codes.

  55. okiny says: Jul 14, 2011 7:06 AM

    The PUNTER? Was the towel boy too busy?

  56. bwisnasky says: Jul 14, 2011 8:06 AM

    Granted, the Chiefs had a better year in the end, but the Broncos kicked the crap out of the Chiefs 49-29 when they came to Mile High.

    It was even worse then the score indicates.

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    Kind of like that 59-14 score where the Raiders kicked the crap out of the Broncos at Mile High?

  57. daveydawg says: Jul 14, 2011 8:23 AM

    if we had internet and twitter when the cowboys were winning, everyone would be calling for their “tarnished” lomabardi’s too… fact is, the game hasn’t changed, only social media and connectivity/communication has. The patriots are no more cheaters than the Redskins, Broncos, Cowboys, and the rest of the league. Jimmy Johnson flat out said that he did taped everything to steal signals. Its what you did in the nfl.

  58. fcs34 says: Jul 14, 2011 8:58 AM

    Who hires a head coach named Josh? Just saying…

  59. yahmule says: Jul 14, 2011 9:47 AM

    McDaniels versus Haley is the true definition of a cripple fight.

  60. furious76 says: Jul 14, 2011 12:59 PM

    I hated it when McD was hired.

    Loved it when he was fired.

    Sorry he dragged down another team with the Cheatriot way he learned from Billicheat.

  61. normswifevera says: Jul 14, 2011 1:00 PM

    Yeah, who’d want Todd Haley as their coach? Wins the division and goes to the playoff in just his second season? What a loser this guy is.

  62. BroncoNick says: Jul 15, 2011 11:14 AM

    It’s 104.3 The Fan by the way, not 102.3…

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