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After yelling at Haley, Cassel says he “responds well” when pushed

Matt Cassel,  Dwayne Bowe,  Jon Asamoah,  Steve Breaston AP

If the Vikings offense pulled off their fourth quarter drive on Sunday, the sideline argument earlier in the game between Chiefs coach Todd Haley and quarterback Matt Cassel would be played up as a negative.

Instead, it’s being seen as a turning point. Cassel stuck up for himself before fullback Le’Ron McClain separated the quarterback and coach. (Here’s video of the incident.)

“I seem to respond well when I’m pushed,” Cassel said via Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star. “When my back is up against the wall.”

Cassel completed 15-of-22 passes after the screaming for 202 yards and a score. Haley seems to embrace the philosophy, encouraging those around him to yell right back at him.

“Hey,” Haley says, “I love it.”

For the first two weeks of the season, the Chiefs looked like the worst team in football.  The last two weeks they have just looked like another mediocre squad with a limited passing game.

That’s progress, but we suspect we’ll see a few more arguments between Cassel and Haley before this season is over.

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40 Responses to “After yelling at Haley, Cassel says he “responds well” when pushed”
  1. mightymightylafootball says: Oct 3, 2011 2:28 PM

    Haley is the guy on the right in that picure, correct?

  2. mclovin07 says: Oct 3, 2011 2:34 PM

    No, that’s Bam Morris…

  3. realitypolice says: Oct 3, 2011 2:39 PM

    A starting QB who should be a backup and a head coach that should be a coordinator.

    Thanks for coming everybody. See you next year.

  4. mataug says: Oct 3, 2011 2:40 PM

    Offensive coordinator or head coach, Haley always seems to be arguing with his players lol

  5. mrfrostyj says: Oct 3, 2011 2:43 PM

    Haley is a master motivator. I get fired up and scream at him weekly and I’m watching from my living room.

  6. mrcosio says: Oct 3, 2011 2:43 PM

    I bet their mascot would make a better coach!

  7. badphish24 says: Oct 3, 2011 2:44 PM

    Must be a slow news day cause…well you blew that way out of proportion.

  8. kchoya says: Oct 3, 2011 2:44 PM

    Haley is the guy on the right in that picure, correct?

    —-

    No, too clean shaven to be Haley.

  9. polishkingski says: Oct 3, 2011 2:46 PM

    haley, pioli, ravioli, stromboli, cannoli….mmmm.

  10. rdrs68 says: Oct 3, 2011 2:48 PM

    don’t worry Matt your time with Haley is about over

  11. klunge says: Oct 3, 2011 2:50 PM

    Haley likes getting yelled at. Probably also likes getting walked on by someone in high heels and have hot wax drizzled on his bits. Degenerate.

  12. p4hbiz says: Oct 3, 2011 2:50 PM

    @ mightymightylafootball – LMAO!! it might as well be~

  13. your6ringsaremeaninglessnow says: Oct 3, 2011 2:52 PM

    The Chiefs and the Vikings are two examples of how a team cannot sustain offensive success over multiple years in today’s NFL by building your offense around the run game. The old adage that “the run sets up the pass” is dead. The pass now sets up the run.

  14. freebird2011 says: Oct 3, 2011 2:56 PM

    Apparently, there wasn’t enough yelling during the Chiefs game against the Lions.

  15. pattersonconsulting says: Oct 3, 2011 2:59 PM

    This site has a campaign against Haley. Its so obvious that you guys have given up completely on objective journalism. I’m not a huge fan of Haley and I wouldn’t like getting yelled at him, but you have to like the fact that he and his players are fighting and not just settling in as the worst team in the league. The past 6 quarters the Chiefs look like a different team. Could it just be that Haley’s coaching style needs an off-season to get ready?

  16. zoxitic says: Oct 3, 2011 2:59 PM

    mightymightylafootball says:

    Haley is the guy on the right in that picure, correct?

    LMAO

  17. alldayvikings says: Oct 3, 2011 2:59 PM

    Or the vikings just suck

  18. nineroutsider says: Oct 3, 2011 3:00 PM

    Ask Singletary how that strategy worked out for him…

  19. shaggytoodle says: Oct 3, 2011 3:02 PM

    Cassel shouldn’t need pushing, he should respond well to signing a multi million dollar contract.

  20. citizenstrange says: Oct 3, 2011 3:05 PM

    If that’s the case then I see the rest of the Chief’s season turning into a good old fashioned Spivey’s Corner Hollerin’ Contest. (old Johnny Carson reference)

  21. Nevis says: Oct 3, 2011 3:06 PM

    Haley will be fired at the end of the year, Cassel dropped by the end of 2012.

  22. capslockkey says: Oct 3, 2011 3:09 PM

    “The Chiefs and the Vikings are two examples of how a team cannot sustain offensive success over multiple years in today’s NFL by building your offense around the run game. The old adage that “the run sets up the pass” is dead. The pass now sets up the run.”How are the Chiefs an example of this? They are more of an example of “it’s hard to have a good running game when your young superstar running back is out for the season.”

  23. damnyoulinelliot says: Oct 3, 2011 3:14 PM

    Matt “COME AT ME, BRO!” Cassel at his best.

  24. schmitty2 says: Oct 3, 2011 3:18 PM

    Cassel is now the most beloved man in Kansas City not to mention he gets kudos from Anquan Boldin and Josh McDaniels

  25. klutch14u says: Oct 3, 2011 3:19 PM

    This trait in Haley wasn’t a mystery to anyone was it? Really?

  26. Todd Haley's Temper says: Oct 3, 2011 3:23 PM

    From the way you described it, I was thinking Haley vs. Kurt warner times 10. Not them saying 2 things to each other in what looked like a calm fashion.

  27. freebird2011 says: Oct 3, 2011 3:30 PM

    How did Todd Haley get a head coaching job anyway?

    Was it because he was fortunate enough to have had future HOFer Kurt Warner at QB, and Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Breaston at WR?

    Seems like the talent made the coach, not the other way around.

  28. randall351 says: Oct 3, 2011 3:35 PM

    I love how what is going on on the sidelines during Chiefs games get more attention than what goes on on the field. All over sports talk radio in KC this morning they were talking about this overblown “blow up on the sidelines.” Instead of anything that the team actually did on the field.

  29. rushmatic says: Oct 3, 2011 3:38 PM

    Cassel isn’t a bad QB. I don’t care what anyone says.

    I SKEPTICALLY watched him take over for an injured Tom Brady and he handled the sticky situation with poise, determination and skill.

    I don’t have much experience with Haley, but it seems to me that he doesn’t have the greatest poise or acumen as a head coach. All I can picture is him screaming at opposing coaches for embarrassing him. That’s not what you’re looking for in a leader, in my opinion.

  30. trbowman says: Oct 3, 2011 3:49 PM

    Palko > Cassel

  31. r8rsfan says: Oct 3, 2011 4:07 PM

    Seriously? Just watched the video and there’s almost nothing there. Find a real story.

  32. Derty Ernie says: Oct 3, 2011 4:13 PM

    Haley will be gone before my gum hardens under the school desk.
    Here’s my issue. I did not see any flair in the Kansas offense. No screen plays, end arounds, nothing that looked like the team had anything more than a couple of run plays and a few passing plays of which; this time run ten yards next time run 20.
    This offense is so ill prepared to win its unbelievable. Haley should be screaming at someone and that someone should be the offensive coach who doesn’t have a clue.
    I know they are missing the top running back but they have other backs. Kansas City sucks right now.

  33. capslockkey says: Oct 3, 2011 4:21 PM

    “Was it because he was fortunate enough to have had future HOFer Kurt Warner at QB, and Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Breaston at WR?”

    …let’s not forget that Kurt Warner wasn’t exactly tearing up the league the past few years until he teamed up with Haley. Fitz, Boldin and Breaston’s production didn’t exactly skyrocket once Haley left either.

    Haley has his issues, but one thing I won’t question with him is he knows how to motivate and get the best out of his players. Derrick Johnson was a borderline bust before he came and he’s turned into a major play maker on defense. Dwayne Bowe about fell off the earth and he became a pro-bowler last year. His specialty seems to be tearing a guy down so he can build him back up to something better. Looks like Cassel may be his latest project.

  34. Derty Ernie says: Oct 3, 2011 4:24 PM

    I heard Haley is a master of deception and discuise. I didn’t knwo the jerk yelling and screaming at the QB was the head coach. What kind of outfit is that. A sweatshirt?

  35. kcbulldog says: Oct 3, 2011 4:29 PM

    freebird2011 says: Oct 3, 2011 3:30 PM

    How did Todd Haley get a head coaching job anyway?

    Was it because he was fortunate enough to have had future HOFer Kurt Warner at QB, and Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, and Steve Breaston at WR?

    Seems like the talent made the coach, not the other way around.

    ——Bowe is better than Boldin and Baldwin will be healthy soon. Ohh and we have Breaston also. Haters gonna hate

  36. redrifle14 says: Oct 3, 2011 4:49 PM

    Will someone please fire Haley. The rest of the NFL fans are over him.

  37. chocolatebaconbutter says: Oct 3, 2011 4:57 PM

    Todd Haley is in the top 10 all time for me of guys who have no business being a HC. One day one of his own players will absolutely stab him. Can I bet on that somewhere?

    Plus, the guy is creepy looking. He looks like stranger danger.

  38. Soulman45 says: Oct 3, 2011 5:31 PM

    Glade to see you how you been put down your bags and stay for awhile.

    Sign
    So. Calf.

  39. normswifevera says: Oct 3, 2011 5:53 PM

    “If the Vikings offense pulled off their fourth quarter drive on Sunday, the sideline argument earlier in the game between Chiefs coach Todd Haley and quarterback Matt Cassel would be played up as a negative.”

    Uhhhh… why?

    What would the defense blowing a lead have to do with Haley and Cassel? Would it have somehow changed Cassel’s passing stats that you quoted?

  40. slickster35 says: Oct 3, 2011 6:48 PM

    If this is the case, I’d like to see Haley punch him in the head and make a good QB out of him.

    Cassel just isn’t the answer, and we all know it. No one moreso than Todd Haley.

    After Herm Edwards, I’m ready to give Haley 5 years to get this thing done. Lets just give him a competent QB to compete with, shall we Scott?

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