I live in Florida and don't get to watch the games every week, so when Directv was showing a free preview weekend for NFL Sunday Ticket I pounced on it to have a chance of watching this and I got embarrassed just sitting in the same room with my wife who is not a football fan, so hearing her cynicism all game just hurt worse. Afterwards we had to finish up our grocery shopping and I was too embarrassed to wear my Chiefs shirt just walking through the grocery store.
After we got home I thought about it and I have to believe the team was embarrassed as well, and I mean well beyond the quotes that the players said. I know Todd Haley was embarrassed to be associated with the team, but I really liked that he not only excepted full blame for the performance but defended his players saying, "I believe in those guys, what they can do..." It says a lot about what he sees in them and it's well beyond their character and how they handle themselves off the field. There is so much I could say that I'm sure Todd is probably saying to the team in the film room today...or not saying but the players know he's thinking it.
I don't believe the players have tuned out Haley at all. I think they want to do right by their coach, but yesterday was not an example of that in performance, but reading the quotes from the players, they don't blame Haley for a crappy training camp or preseason. They believed in it and all felt that it got them as ready as they were the year before. This is something they didn't expect at all and something I'm sure Haley will make sure that things will be different and fixed. I like Todd Haley. I really do. I think he is a great evaluator of talent and does know the game to win. Everyone has a time when they fall. There's a saying in prized fighting..."Son, you've just been hit. Getting up is up to you". Our team and us as fans have just been hit. Getting up and finishing this fight with dignity and not slinking off quietly...that's up to us and our team, and I don't see us laying down quietly.