The topic of the postgame handshake in NFL games has been out in the media the past few weeks from Jim Schwartz vs. Jim Harbaugh to Hue Jackson pulling out the finger wag on Todd Haley. The Kansas City Chiefs coach has his own history with the postgame handshake so after Round 1 between Schwartz and Harbaugh, Haley texted Schwartz: "Welcome to Todd Haley week, Jim."
That's what Haley told Adam Schein and Rich Gannon SiriusXM NFL Radio earlier this morning. Earlier on the show, the SiriusXM guys had John Madden on the show and he said he'd get rid of the postgame handshake, which Haley agreed with.
"I crack up every time I walk out there and there's that swarm [of media]," Haley said. "I was just happy [that] one my buddies texted me a link to where I guess they ranked all the handshakes and I saw Chuck Noll, who was one of my true idols growing up in that locker room.
"I remember him wagging the finger at Jerry Glanville so it made me feel a little more at ease. Then someone brought me down to Earth and said, 'But yeah he was shaking his hand with the other hand.' So that's the maneuver I should have used."
Haley also says he understands where Schwartz may have been coming from.
"It's not a big deal," he continued. "It's a very emotional game. It's hard to win these games, it's hard to lose them when you have to. You're talking about a couple minutes after a lot of crazy things just went on in the game. I don't blame any head coaches for anything that they have to go through."
But if they ever got rid of the handshake...what would we talk about all week?