Now we come to my first real criticism of Todd Haley. And don't get me wrong, I like Todd Haley. In fact, many here would categorize me as a resident Todd Haley koolaid drinker these last few weeks.
However, this cannot be overlooked. This is the first time that I can clearly say, without question of a doubt, that a self proclaimed Bill Parcells disciple is doing something that Parcells would never ever do, not even at the lowest point in his career, and that's single out and coddle a player to the detriment of the team like Todd Haley is doing with Jamaal Charles.
With this last game, it's actually reached the point of theater of the absurd. I noticed many on this board didn't even mention the opening kickoff in their criticisms of this past game, which is essentially a free pass for Charles. When, in reality, that one play changed the entire course of the game. The Giants didn't recover the fumble in the endzone, but they practically started that drive in the redzone.
Just about anyone else in the Parcells coaching tree would have benched Charles. Haley not only kept him in for every kickoff return thereafter, but he didn't even get upset on the sidelines. Didn't get in his face, didn't show any emotion, nothing.
It's almost as if he's reached the point of feeling bad for him. This is a far cry from the scenes last year of Haley tearing into players on the Cardinals sideline. I almost don't know which part is more worrisome, the fact that Charles "wasn't even thinking about the ball" (his own words, see KC star article today), or the fact that he's such a fragile psyche player, that Haley can't reprimand him.
Needless to day, Charles needs to ride the pine. And if the worry here is that he's going to goto another team and end up lighting the Chiefs up (also insinuated in the star today), then bench the guy but don't release him until the end of the season.