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Chief Thoughts: Jason Bitterlock, Todd Haley & Hermocrites
Posted By ChiefsWarpath.com On September 22, 2009 @ 8:32 pm In Commentary | Comments Disabled
Two games down and all the Chiefen Littles are running around screaming, including a very vocal little 5-year old child named Jason Whitlock.
As much fun as I had highlighting the ridiculousness that was Herm “We were Good During the Bye Week” Edwards, I am actually very happy to move on and forget the last three years. Unfortunately, there are still some Herm supporters that refuse to admit his shortcomings, and now it seems they want payback for the way he was treated.
The same hypocrites, or Hermocrites, who kept redefining the word “first”, as in “Herm’s 3rd year is his true “first” year”, the same Hermocrites who said the previous coach left the cupboard bare, and the same Hermocrites who said Herm needed more time, are now the ones ripping Todd Haley, saying he’s in over his head, doesn’t know what he’s doing and should be fired.
Todd Haley has only coached two regular season games, but that doesn’t stop Hermocrites from hammering him on his “22 guys off the street can win two games” comment & highlighting his 0-4 preseason record with the current 0-2 record.
This may come as a surprise to people, but PRESEASON WINS AND LOSSES DON’T MEAN CRAP. The Detroit Lions went 4-0 in preseason last year, which should end the debate forever on that subject. Except of course, for Hermocrites.
I like Todd Haley and I love his “22 Guys” comment. It says that two wins and four “almost wins” are not acceptable results for an NFL team. He is always talking about winning, and I know that’s a weird concept for Chief fans the last three years. Yes, this is a crazy stance to take, but I actually like it that my head coach is concerned with winning games.
Second of all, his “22 Guys” comment was not said at a press conference and it was not said publicly, it was said behind the scenes, behind closed doors, to a player, who went crying to a spoiled child who happens to be paid for typing his thoughts. Nobody EVER held Herm accountable for all the ridiculous crap he said at official PUBLIC press conferences, so it’s disingenuous for people to do this now to Todd Haley after only two F’N games. Judas Priest!
I will say this in a language all the Hermocrites can understand: We need to give Haley at least five years (or more) because the previous coach, Herm Edwards, left the cupboard bare. Herm never drafted an entire All-Pro offensive line for Haley to use, so there’s nothing Todd can do, because he is stuck with all of Herm’s bad draft picks.
(In case you couldn’t tell, the previous sentence was brought to you by a grant from SARCASM.)
Firing Chan Gailey
After Chan Gailey was fired, Haley said this:
HALEY: “As I said on my first day in this building, I told the fans, ‘We’re going to have to earn the fans back. I have no illusions of anything else.’ We’re going to have to earn by what we do on the field. That’s the NFL. Ultimately, the finger is going to point back at me, and I have to do what I think is best for this team now and into the future.”
JD: Yet another example of why I like Todd Haley. Here is a man who is willing to take the responsibility for his actions, and the actions of the people under him. We had three years of finger-pointing, excuses, and blaming Dick Vermeil, and now we finally have a guy who says “It’s all on me”. What a novel concept.
Todd Haley is Arrogant
This is a common criticism of the current Chiefs coach. To that I say this: So? People are grasping at straws on this one. What coach isn’t arrogant in some way? If a coach doesn’t believe he can do what he thinks he can do, then why is he coaching? Herm bathed in arrogance and I never heard anyone complain about that. Typical.
Todd Haley Yells at His Players
Holy F’N crap! What’s next, he doesn’t say “excuse me” when he burps? Every football coach I’ve ever had was a screamer, and guess what? Not only did it NOT make us lose, it actually was a motivator in us winning. I’m pretty sure there have been a Super Bowl winning coach or two who has yelled at his players before. Big deal.
NFL players are making millions of dollars playing a game of violent collisions that have paralyzed and seriously injured a lot of players, but getting yelled at hurts their feelings? Really?
Bosses yelling at their employees is hardly the sole property of NFL coaches. I can get yelled at for millions of dollars. Hell, I’ve been yelled at for only thousands of dollars.
What’s funny is that these same qualities that Todd is getting ripped for, would be the same ones getting praised if the Chiefs were winning. It’s only the second game people, the Chiefs will win a game this year, get off the ledge.
Dick Vermeil’s 2001 Chiefs
Soren Petro talked about the similarities between the 2001 Chiefs and the 2009 Chiefs.
1) Both teams had an unproven, big contract quarterback.
2) Both teams started 0-2, losing a home game to the Raiders.
3) The age of both coaches was questioned.
4) The Super Bowl reputation of both coaches was questioned.
The point is, it’s too early to condemn Todd Haley as a failure. Hell, our last coach started 0-2 in his first year, and his second first year, and his third first year, yet people wanted to give him more time.
Larry Johnson said this after the Raiders game:
JOHNSON: “You just have to look at the positives. It’s a long season, and anything can happen. We never know when our turning point will be, but we’ll turn it around.”
JD: Doesn’t LJ have a reputation as a complainer, malcontent and a whiner when things don’t go well? Yet here he is being positive and upbeat. Maybe some of the players are buying into Todd’s program?
Jason Whitlock, Hermocrite
JW looks like he’s lobbying to be the Hermocrite President. His last article was full of so much BS it’s not even worth reproducing. The style reads like something I would write, except I’m not a paid professional.
JW proceeds to tear Haley a new one with tons of name-calling and bitterness. He never, and I mean EVER, wrote something like this about Herm “I Just Tell the Truth” Edwards. And it’s not because of Haley’s coaching ability, it’s a personal reason. It’s because Todd and Scott Pioli won’t kiss his cinemascope behind.
I used to document and comment on all the ridiculous things Herm used to say at his press conferences, and it made for some great humor. But honestly, I’m tired of talking about him. He’s still out there saying silly things, but I will leave it up to you the reader if you’d like me to cover it.
My new job does not permit me the time to write a weekly column like I have done for the last two years, but I will write one when I can. Thanks for reading!
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