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Haley vs the Camera - Is He Getting More Than a Typical Coaches Share of the Time?


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Before coming to the Kansas City Chiefs, Todd Haley was known as an intense and sometimes hot headed coach that got the most out of the players through demanding production.  Since arriving in Kansas City there has been little to dispel this notion.

But is Todd Haley getting a fair shake?  Many coaches in the NFL are intense individuals.  Many coaches in the NFL cuss at players in the attempt to motivate them.  In fact, the fans of Kansas City had just such a coach in Gunther Cunningham.  Gunther was a well known and well liked defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs, twice.  He was known for being a fiery, foul mouthed, intense coach that was rarely maligned for his tactics in the media.

In the game against the Raiders it appeared to me that Haley might not be getting a fair shake.  The more I watched the game the more it seemed like he was receiving more camera shots than Cable.  It seemed that of those camera shots, he was focused on longer.  Was Haley getting a fair shake?  Was the media trying to make this a bigger deal than it really is by trying to make Todd and his fiery temperament the story?

I went back to the tape and counted how many times the broadcast went to Haley and how many times they shot Cable in the first half.  I counted how many times the camera went to each coach after a good event, bad event, critical situation, and a neutral event in the first half.  Guess what...Haley was not only shot almost twice as much as Cable in the first half but those shots on average were 2 to 3 times longer.

Here is the stats and observations from reviewing the tape for the first half only.

                               Haley vs the Camera


Coach Bad Event Good Event Neutral Event
Critical Total
Haley 11 3 11 7 31
Cable 3 6 5 3 17
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  • Haley appeared to have a dedicated stadium camera that filmed him from the other side of the stadium (unlike Cable who had a sideline camera).  This camera had an unobstructed view of Haley, what he was doing, with whom he could be talking, and any facial expressions he might have.
  • Haley had one incident with Carthon where the broadcast actually replayed him cussing him out.  The broadcast missed giving it to the fans live (which tells us that they had a camera on Haley even more than we saw).  Not only that, the station gave it to the fans in slow-mo so the fan could read his lips better.
  • It can be said that both the Raiders and the Chiefs have issues with their teams and questions about their head coaches.  However, the camera zoomed to Haley 31 times in the first half, almost twice as much as Cable's 17.
  • The shots of Haley averaged at least 2-3 times as long as Cable.  Most of Haley's camera shots lasted longer than 5 seconds and some lasted longer than 10 seconds.

 

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  • Cable was filmed many times with a sideline camera.  With many of those sideline camera shots the fan could not see his facial expressions as well nor could the fan read his lips.
  • Despite the number of errant passes and dropped balls by the Raiders in the first half, Cable was only focused on 3 times during bad events.
  • Two of Cable's three bad event camera shots during the first half actually came on the same play, a penalty.  So he actually only received 2 'bad event' camera situation shots.
  • All of Cable's bad events camera shots came on penalties.  In the first half the camera did not show Cable after any dropped pass or errant throws.
  • A lot of Cable's camera shots only lasted 2 to 3 seconds.
  • Most of Cable's camera time came during 'critical event' times in the first half and challenge plays.
  • The most frequent camera shot of Cable was of him after a good event such as a touch down or field goal.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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