“[Todd Haley] basically crippled this franchise single handedly.”
Bob Fescoe, citing Haley’s insistence on playing Tyler Palko in front of Kyle Orton, 610 AM
“Haley cost this team the division this year. Once he started Palko over Orton, that act was just indefensible. If Todd Haley would have been fired in week four…the Chiefs probably win the division. That’s what he cost you with his stubbornness and not playing the best player.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: Haley is a comfortable fall guy for the Chiefs narrowly missing a chance at another AFC West title and a home playoff game this weekend. He deserves all the ire being directed at his scruffy self. Why did he act so oddly in just his second year at a job he
should have been grateful to have been lucky enough to gain? 610 is in a unique
position to score a riveting post-apocalypse interview with Haley. 810 has a contractual agreement with the Chiefs so they aren’t going to look to upset Pioli. Niche Wright is one of Haley’s homies. He could offer Haley the perfect venue to discuss why he chose to coach in such a destructive manner. Haley’s reputation as a coach is all but destroyed both here in KC and nationally. He needs to repair what is left of his future in the NFL. I would block off three hours and let the man talk. Look what an appearance on Wright’s show did for Whitlock’s career. [Pork Chop’s gonna love that line.]
“Nothing against our old coach, but Romeo’s a little older, experienced, he knows what he’s doing. … Some guys buy in, some guys don’t. It seems like a lot of guys have bought into Romeo. His philosophy and everything he wants to get done, we’ve bought into it.”
Tamba Hali, Kansas City Star
GH: Haley has to read comments like this from Hali and just shudder. It is not just the fans in the stands who are questioning Haley’s NFL acumen. All the more reason for Haley to come on Wright’s show and fill us in on what, why and oh yeah, Tyler Palko.
“The Chiefs are ready to win. I think they win the [AFC] West next year. They were a blocked field goal away from winning it this year! The Chiefs win the West next year.”
Steven St. John, 810 AM
GH: I hear this kind of optimism not only from Chiefs fans but also the Raiders and Chargers. Every team in the AFC West thinks they deserved to win the division this year. The truth is, none of them were. Denver backed into the AFC West title with a 7-3 home loss to the Chiefs. This is the best the division has to offer the playoffs — pitiful.
“[The Broncos] are going to get absolutely destroyed. I don’t see any Mile-High Magic. I see an ass kicking coming. I think Denver is going to take an absolute beating in that game.”
Soren Petro, on the Broncos playoff game against Pittsburgh this weekend, 810 AM
“If you add a quarterback the Chiefs will win the division next year by three games, uh, two games. They win going away, no problem. But I think the chances of them doing it are slim. Because Scott Pioli doesn’t want to trade up in the draft and give up the opportunity to acquire players later in the draft.”
Danny Parkins, 610 AM
GH: Here is another battle cry I am hearing constantly from Chiefs fans that another ten NFL teams are screaming – trade up to get a premier quarterback! Nick Wright is willing to go Mike Ditka/Ricky Williams to get Andrew Luck. [After watching Luck in the Fiesta Bowl, I might be too!] The problem is that Indianapolis has the rarest of
opportunities available to them. They can move from the Peyton Manning era to the
Andrew Luck era. Some teams have all the Luck. Some teams are the Chiefs.
“They had the second most losses by 27 points or more than any other team in NFL history. They are just a team – right there in the middle of the pact.”
Soren Petro, on the Chiefs 2011 season, 810 AM
GH: Petro has a far more realistic outlook about the Chiefs. It is not as sexy but neither is Romeo Crennel.
“Those Chiefs players will almost certainly get their wish, and very soon, as general manager Scott Pioli is expected to make interim coach Romeo Crennel the permanent leader of a roster already dedicated to him. Crennel deserves it. He’s earned it, removing the most reasonable doubts by beating the Broncos 7-3 here on Sunday. That’s wins over two playoff teams in three games for a man who embodies most of the characteristics the
organization wants to project.”
Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star
“I don’t know how you could possibly sell a nameless, faceless assistant coach [as the Chiefs next head coach]. I think you need to hit a home run. I think Crennel is going to be the choice.”
Soren Petro, on the Chiefs search for a head coach, 810 AM
GH: Does anyone outside the Chiefs locker room think Romeo is a home run? Players like coaches who are lax on discipline or too tired to fight the battles a true leader must fight. His enthusiastic endorsement from the Chiefs players should be a signal to Pioli to keep looking. Romeo might be the guy, but Chiefs fans deserve to see who else might be interested in the job.
“I would think that Kansas City would be a far better situation than St. Louis [for Jeff Fisher]. That dome is like playing in a Mausoleum – it’s horrendous! Personally it looks like a no-brainer that Kansas City would be better.”
Kevin Harlan, on reports that Fisher is close to taking the Rams job, 810 AM
GH: Harlan also pointed out that the Rams job would likely come with more GM power for the head coach – a situation that is not possible with Pioli in Kansas City.
“My favorite uniforms are the classics – the ones that never change.”
Nate Bukaty, who was not a fan of Oregon’s chrome-dome helmets in the Rose Bowl, 810 AM
GH: I like many traditional uniforms but I love it when teams update their uniforms to instill some excitement and interest in their schools and franchises. Oregon swings and misses more often than not with their potpourri of unies but I enjoy the heck out of their
efforts. So what if they are off-putting to some stodgy fans. I liked what Chip Kelly had to say when asked what he would think of the Ducks’ chrome helmets if he was the opposing head coach. “I’d think they were cool,” he smiled in reply.
“TRob is better. Take down my #23 from the [Allen Fieldhouse] rafters and
make room for #0! @Trobinson0 proud of u bro, stay after it!”
Wayne Simien, after Thomas Robinson’s 30 points and 20 rebounds against North Dakota,Twitter
“Those are really lofty numbers! I don’t care who the opposition is!”
Bob Davis, on Thomas Robinson’s 30 points and 20 rebounds against North Dakota, Hawk Talk on 610 AM
GH: I think TRob is the Big 12’s best player – by even more than the length of a Marcus Denmon three point dagger. But getting these numbers while playing until four minutes remained against North Dakota isn’t all that impressive to me. But I think Robinson might be good enough to inflict the same kind of damage on a number of Big 12 opponents this winter.
“[Missouri and Baylor] are off to great starts.
But to be honest with you, I think two of the last three years we were
undefeated going into January. It means absolutely nothing when it comes to
winning the league. Everybody’s got the same opportunity and the same chances right
Bill Self, Hawk Talk on 610 AM
GH: But didn’t Kansas win the Big 12 those same years? I do think Baylor and MU are the class of the league this season but Kansas State and Kansas are right there with them. Here is how I see the Big 12 going into league play…
1) Baylor: Incredible athleticism and length. Can they erase the Scott Drew curse?
2) Mizzou: Short but quick with a deadly aim — George Costanza-ish. Condom-like defense.
3) Kansas State: Could be best team in Big 12 by late March – if they live that long.
4) Kansas: TRob is the best player but he can’t pass himself the ball.
5) Oklahoma: Who knew the Sooners could turn it around so quickly?
6) Iowa State: Have shown little so far but I think The Mayor gets them gelling in January.
7) Texas: J’Covan Brown is great but then a lot of ordinary brown after that.
8) Texas A&M: What a disappointment! Did Turgeon mean that much to the Aggies?
9) Oklahoma State: Yikes! Did T. Boone’s basketball checks bounce?
10) Texas Tech: This is the real reason the Pac 12 balked at merger plans.
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