I haven't gone to sleep yet, I'm tired, and ready to actually get some sleep. And no, unfortunately, I was not out partying all night :-P I just got back from out of town and I had a very interesting arguement about Todd Haley and I wanna see what most people think about the subject.
Dont get me wrong, I LOVE what Todd Haley has brought to the table in KC. I like how he whipped everyone into shape and hes a no nonsense coach. But when he first came to KC...I hated him. I didnt even know him really. I knew about his previous run-in's with players but thats not what had me so pissed off about him.
I was furious when I read what he said to Brian Waters. The whole 22 guys off the street coulda won more than 2 games comment. Now, some people say it needed to be done and look at the results. Waters is doing well and this and that. But does he really wanna be here? Last I knew, he didnt, but even if he came out and said he was happy here, him being a person of character, I would take that with a grain of salt. He's outspoken, but not enough to be a distraction.
Now heres why it pissed me off. Football is a very emotional game. Most players are very passionate about what they do. Brian Waters is a very emotional, passionate player. He not only suffered through the season, but played his ass off and got back into the pro bowl. He was the BEST linemen we had last season, on a shitty OL. When a new head coach comes in and says something like that, its not only disrespectful to Waters, but its disrespectful to his teammates that he suffered with through the season. If I were working at my job, doing better than anyone else on my position, and someone came and told me someone off the street could do my job better, id probably beat his ass. If Brian Waters would have went to jail for assulting Todd Haley, I would not only take Waters side, but I would commend him for sticking up for himself and his team. Sure, maybe the team wasnt that good, but all Haley had to do was say HEY. This is how it is, thats how its going to be, and if you dont like it, dont let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. He didnt have to insult the guy.
The biggest thing, going back to the best linemen thing, what would be have done if we woulda lost Waters? We'd be in a world of hurt. After todays game, I'm not real excited about the improvement of our OL because it doenst seem too much better. It IS better, but not by much. McIntosh has been "improving" since week 7 of last season, yet hes still getting beat around the edge consistantly. Without Waters, our OL would be in shambles.
We lost Shields, Roaf, Weigman, and Richardson, with NOONE to replace them. We cant afford to lose Waters.
But, theres my arguement. So heres the question. Was Todd Haley crossing the line by saying what he said to Waters?