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Todd Haley: “Point the finger right at Todd Haley”

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If Chiefs coach Todd Haley was on the hot seat heading into Week 1, there are probably some Kansas City fans ready to turn that hot seat into an electric chair after Sunday’s debacle against the Bills.

Haley knows that, and he’s tackling it head-on, going all third person in discussing who’s to blame for how unprepared the Chiefs looked in their 41-7 loss.

“We were bad,” Haley said. “We were bad from start to finish. I am taking 100 percent responsibility for our team not being able to be ready to go. You can point the finger right at Todd Haley.”

The Chiefs will be heavy underdogs in their next two games, at Detroit and at San Diego, and so an 0-3 start is a strong possibility. Haley knows he needs to get things turned around in a hurry.

“I just know that we weren’t ready,” Haley said. “The Buffalo Bills were better prepared than the Kansas City Chiefs. The Buffalo Bills were more ready than we were to play. We’ll be better. We have to be better next week. We were not prepared and I’m taking full responsibility for that, as I should.”

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49 Responses to “Todd Haley: “Point the finger right at Todd Haley””
  1. kingmj4891 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:20 AM

    Sunday Preview Lions 34 Chiefs 10

  2. gocaps8 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:21 AM

    “I just know that we weren’t ready,” Haley said. “The Buffalo Bills were better prepared than the Kansas City Chiefs.

    But I bet that Lil Wayne concert was so worth it.

  3. drunkenbuffalo27 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:21 AM

    Yes……that coach you fired from your staff not long ago had his team MUCH more prepared than you were. Does it feel good to have your team quit on you before the end of the first game of the season????

  4. weightshakes says: Sep 12, 2011 9:22 AM

    “Point the finger right at Todd Haley”

    Things coaches say after a blowout loss, in an attempt to make themselves look accountable. If he was accountable, he would have had his team better prepared to play. No excuses.

    This is the beginning of the end for the utterly annoying Todd Haley.

  5. joelvis72 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:22 AM

    Which finger?

  6. wawa33 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:23 AM

    Didn’t Nixon talk about himself in the 3rd person too?

  7. lockoftheweak says: Sep 12, 2011 9:23 AM

    Which finger?

  8. ravensfan4life52 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:23 AM

    will do!

  9. nevin999 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:24 AM

    What, no whining about the Bills running up the score, Haley?

  10. clintonportisheadd says: Sep 12, 2011 9:24 AM

    When all is said and done it looks like Haley will last one year longer than his “pal” Josh McDaniels.

    Just proves once again that San Diego is the luckiest in the NFL team by being in a conference of dysfunctional teams.

  11. virger says: Sep 12, 2011 9:24 AM

    “The Chiefs will be heavy underdogs in their next two games, at Detroit…”

    bet detroit fans feel great about that, probably been a while since that sentence was last written…

  12. 3yardsndust says: Sep 12, 2011 9:26 AM

    “Taking full responsibility” — what does that even mean? Once upon a time, if your company was tanking, it meant you resigned. That was “full” responsibility. In the absence of anything substantive, these are just words.

    And how does he know they’ll “be better?” From the way they played against Buffalo, it’s a more than a stretch to say he knows they will play better.

    You suck, Haley.

  13. tundey says: Sep 12, 2011 9:32 AM

    So does he want a cookie for that statement? Sorry but losing by that much to the Bills (the Bills!) is inexcusable.

  14. KIR says: Sep 12, 2011 9:33 AM

    They should have kept Weis and let this clown go. I don’t think the players respect him. If that’s the case, I doubt if he makes it past their mid season break.

  15. hiperactivodg says: Sep 12, 2011 9:38 AM

    McDaniels will be the next HC, two chances at beating Denver every year and Pioli preventing him from entering the room on Draft Day, he will only need to coach…

  16. sullijo1 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:39 AM

    Haley is a certified lunatic and a horrible football coach. His players just don’t interact with him at all. Very strange.

    I put a question out last week….I’ll ask it again….when the Chiefs fail to win 6 games this year, does Haley get fired to save Pioli’s job??

  17. efranklin30 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:44 AM

    Is Haley a dumbass? Yes…should he be fired? Don’t really know yet. I have sipped the Pioliade and I am on-board with a lot of the philosophy, but from the first snap I have never been a fan of the “franchise” qb Matt Cassel. He rode the coat tail of Brady in the system, but is a total washout. The Chiefs have weapons, just no stability in the coordinators, is that Haley’s fault? Absolutely! I love Romeo as the DC not as a HC though. Who is available to take over for Haley? Would love to have Bill Cowher but he will want full control,I don’t suspect Clark Hunt is ready to pull the plug on Pioli. Fire Haley? I am almost at that point!

  18. sullijo1 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:44 AM

    I’m 40 years old and I’ve never seen the Chiefs play in a Super Bowl. I have an 18 year old son who has never watched them win a playoff game. I have a 5 year old dog that’s watched them go 20-46 over the past 4 years plus yesterday.

    What a joke of a franchise. Seriously, if Clark Hunt can’t afford to spend the cap $$….where is this all headed?

  19. giselleisasucubus says: Sep 12, 2011 9:46 AM

    I dont like this guy and I hope he fails. Was that being blunt enough?

  20. semperfi24 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:47 AM

    While pointing that finger at Haley, do we also get to wag it, like he did to Josh McDaniels?

  21. wwwmattcom says: Sep 12, 2011 9:47 AM

    The Bills are better staffed. The only people who earned their pay in KC were the running backs. Charles and the other guy whose name I forget were really good and should have been given more opportunities. Cassel and Special teams were terrible. Fitz threw some gutsy balls that were tds and Fred Jackson took care of business earning lots of yards after contact. Great Bills win, they knew. Hey would beat this kc team.

  22. rpiotr01 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:48 AM

    This guy has been an obnoxious, loud, blowhard from day one, and he deserves every bit of criticism he gets. Whining about every perceived slight under the sun.

    If the team wins, that type of behavior is one thing. They lose 3 -4 in a row, they’re going to tune that BS out and he’s going to be done as their coach.

  23. lonespeed says: Sep 12, 2011 9:50 AM

    Why isn’t Todd complaining about the Bills running up the score?

  24. sportsdrenched.com says: Sep 12, 2011 9:51 AM

    After last year I tried to keep an open mind on Haley. Maybe he knows how to win despite the revolving door at OC? After yesterday it was clear that Haley is in way over his head as HC/OC. That loss was a complete organizational melt down. Especially after his talk the entire pre-season about everything being about the first game. Clearly it wasn’t.

    And don’t think the problems are just with the play calling. The Defense was terrible in pre-season, and will be terrible all season. It has nothing to do with schemes, they’re just getting manhandled.

  25. pabillsfan says: Sep 12, 2011 9:58 AM

    The best part of the game is when you saw all the cars leaving the stadium in like the 3rd quarter… classic. GO BILLS!

  26. pabillsfan says: Sep 12, 2011 9:59 AM

    lonespeed says:
    Sep 12, 2011 9:50 AM
    Why isn’t Todd complaining about the Bills running up the score?

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    Once the Bills put there starters out, that really wasn’t running up the score. At that point its just sad.

  27. polegojim says: Sep 12, 2011 10:04 AM

    Todd has gotten used to teams running up the score regularly, they can’t HELP but run up the score… they’d just have to stop playing.

    At least Todd is starting to get that part.

    I don’t often root against someone, but Todd has been such a consistent jerk, it’s hard not to.

  28. fthrvic says: Sep 12, 2011 10:06 AM

    All I needed to know about Todd Haley was a story Kurt Warner told about the Cardinals’ trip to the Super Bowl. When The Card’s came off the field with the lead and less than 3 min to play, Haley, according to Warner, is running up and down the sideline screaming “WE WON THE SUPER BOWL”. Other players had to tell Haley the game wasn’t over yet and the defense still needed to do their job. Santonio’s phantom toe-tap aside, Haley blew his load early that day and I believe that’s a strong indicator of his character and himself.

  29. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:11 AM

    You’re doing a helluva job Haley. Stay the course.

  30. rabidbillsfan says: Sep 12, 2011 10:12 AM

    Still no “true” love for the Bills. I know this is about Haley and asking for the criticism to fall on him, but, can someone please say the Bills looked Damn good. Holding the cheifs to 108 on the ground, and 22 of that coming on a garbage Draw by McCluster when it was already 27-7. If Chandler can show up every game, and I think he will, this offense will roll all season. Spiller looked good, the negative runs really wern’t his fault, he was met in the backfield by defenders everytime. And can’t forget about Freddie, he looked like AP out there at times. Also, Chan and Buddy made the right decision to not only pass on a QB, but to draft Dareus! He was a factor all day. You can say the Cheifs were banged up, but so were the Bills (No McGee, Easly, Troup). Oakland is next, and I think with that game, we will build up the momentum we need to snap this NE losing streak. Go Bills!

  31. alewatcher says: Sep 12, 2011 10:16 AM

    How does Jim Zorn keep getting involved in these weird triangles of play calling? Same thing in KC as in DC, relaying calls and wasting time.

  32. richm2256 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:32 AM

    I am refusing to shake Todd Haley’s hand.

  33. punkymagee says: Sep 12, 2011 10:35 AM

    The elephant in the room is that Pioli did not provide adequate defensive players this year. All kinds of cap room, and the Chiefs defense is starting the likes of Studebaker, Belcher, and McGraw. C’mon, man!

    I expect better of both the coaching staff and the GM/ownership. To me, this reeks of Pioli saving money to put back into his owner’s pocket, and the two of them allowing Haley to take the fall for a lousy team that never stood a chance.

    Haley definitely deserves a big portion of the blame (locker room fights and the team quitting on big plays are solely his responsibility), but Pioli needs to take some of that heat too for failing to draft and acquire better talent this year.

  34. emperor83 says: Sep 12, 2011 10:38 AM

    No matter how “prepared” the Chiefs were going to be, they weren’t beating the Bills. Oakland had better be paying attention. This is NOT the same ol’ Buffalo suckfest. The unlucky streak for the Bills is coming to an end.

    This is pro-Buffalo, so expect it to be deleted by PFT very soon…

  35. Deb says: Sep 12, 2011 10:54 AM

    Point the finger right at Chan Gailey. Congratulations to the Bills!!

  36. riverhorsey says: Sep 12, 2011 11:01 AM

    sullijo1 says: Sep 12, 2011 9:44 AM

    I’m 40 years old and I’ve never seen the Chiefs play in a Super Bowl. I have an 18 year old son who has never watched them win a playoff game. I have a 5 year old dog that’s watched them go 20-46 over the past 4 years plus yesterday.

    What a joke of a franchise. Seriously, if Clark Hunt can’t afford to spend the cap $$….where is this all headed?
    —————————————————-

    Relax kid, you won the division last year. There’s no reason for you to start a panic.

    Get a grip and be glad you’re not a Royals fan.

  37. jpb12 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:03 AM

    Where were the cameras for the post game handshake?

    Chan Gailey. Class act. Turning a bad franchise into a credible threat, in a tough division.

  38. joetoronto says: Sep 12, 2011 11:12 AM

    Somebody seems to have disappeared, did the horsey fall into the river?

  39. joetoronto says: Sep 12, 2011 11:12 AM

    Oh, he’s back, lol.

  40. shea801 says: Sep 12, 2011 11:26 AM

    As a Raiders fan, I hope ‘lil Todd coaches the Chief’s for years and years to come!

  41. sullijo1 says: Sep 12, 2011 12:23 PM

    Sabby Piscitelli for the Pro Bowl! I think I’ll start a website…..Absolute F’ing Joke.

    Shouldn’t we judge a GM (Pioli) by the depth of the roster?

    If so………”F” for FLUNK and “F” for FIRED.

  42. andrewfbrowne says: Sep 12, 2011 12:57 PM

    No disrespect to Todd Haley and his lack of preparation for the start of the NFL season, but perhaps the finger should be pointing at Buffalo and the guy he fired Chan Gailey.

    Chiefs barely beat Buffalo last year in Arrowhead and Buffalo looks much more improved and I honestly do not know if the Chiefs at their very best win that game yesterday.

    The Bills are a lot better than people give them credit for.

    Fred Jackson is a really good RB. Barring injury he will have 1200+ yards this year.

  43. hmpennypacker says: Sep 12, 2011 12:58 PM

    IF he’s learned some lessons from his previous gig and there’s no bad blood between them, anyone taking bets on Pioli hiring McDaniels as the coach next year? McD was Cassel’s oc during and that turned out pretty good.

  44. hmpennypacker says: Sep 12, 2011 1:00 PM

    IF he’s learned some lessons from his previous gig and there’s no bad blood between them, anyone taking bets on Pioli hiring McDaniels as the coach next year? McD was Cassel’s oc and that turned out pretty good.

  45. rushbacker says: Sep 12, 2011 1:01 PM

    I wonder what kind of odds Vegas has on Weiss being back in KC as the head coach next year. Should be high, for sure.

  46. juiceboxsupply says: Sep 12, 2011 1:50 PM

    Didn’t this guy just lead a bad 2009 team to a 2010 conference championship? Now after one game in 2011, everyone wants him gone. As a Bills fan, I hope you people in KC come to your senses. We can use a few more 34pt wins

  47. pigskinswag says: Sep 12, 2011 3:50 PM

    “Point the finger right at Todd Haley” – after that performance (or lack thereof) Chiefs fans are pointing their middle finger up at Todd Haley.

  48. jessethegreat says: Sep 12, 2011 4:38 PM

    Give the ball to Jamal Charles more… Put the ball in the hands of your best players. that will fix many of the problems Haley faced yesterday. (it will also help my fantasy team)

  49. str8up12 says: Sep 12, 2011 5:02 PM

    Do the Bills have some kind of losing streak going on against the Pats???????

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