In Denver, 33-year-old Josh McDaniels made rookies report to training camp at 5:30 a.m. to practice comedy skits. In Kansas City, Todd Haley, 42, started an argument with a Pro Bowl lineman who had flown in to introduce himself. Mangini, 38, made headlines after asking rookies to take a 10-hour bus ride to work at his summer football camp and, last month, fining a player $1,701 for failing to pay for a $3 bottle of water from a hotel minibar.
McDaniels: Reporting to camp at 5:30 to practice comedy skits? That's just pure evil. Asking anyone to be funny before 7 a.m. should be against the law--let alone some sadsack group of rookies.
Mangini: Have you ever paid $1,700 for a bottle of water? ... No? THEN YOU'RE CLEARLY NOT READY FOR THE NFL. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU, KID? TOUGHEN UP.
Haley's as bad as the other two, of course. Bernard Pollard asked the Chiefs head coach to treat him like a grown man, and he was promptly cut. Pollard immediately resigned with the Texans, and had this to say about his tenure with Todd:
"With professional athletes, you’re dealing with grown men. You’re not dealing with boys. You’re not in a locker room with sophomores in high school. You’re dealing with grown men with families. I have a wife. I have a son. And I have a daughter on the way. I’m not going to sit there and let you curse me out when you feel like cursing me out or talk to me any way you want to talk to me, and you just want me to sit and take it and say, ‘Yes, coach.’"
And good for him. Fatsis dubbed these guys "tyrants" but that's not quite right; they're pissants. Insecure little dictators that have no means for leadership than to berate their well-meaning players. All three missed the playoffs last season, and with any luck, each will be unemployed come next March.