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Todd Haley Regrets Non-Handshake. Maybe.

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Todd Haley, Josh McDaniels

The post-game hubbub between Todd Haley and Josh McDaniels provided a fun ending to a surprising Denver Broncos beatdown. Unfortunately — and I say that as a fan of bad-blood games — the coach who initiated the drama has backed off of his emotional rejection of McDaniels’ handshake. Haley indicated his actions were not up to his level of expectations and apologized to Denver’s coach, as well as Kansas City Chiefs fans and Broncos fans, alike.

In today’s age, Haley’s reaction is understandable and a tad-bit disappointing. I encourage feuds in sports because it’s good theater and a little bad blood goes a long way. Unfortunately, Haley opted for the sanitized, “family friendly” follow-up. Thankfully, the players won’t forget how this series has played out the last three times these teams have met (Broncos won 44-13 in Denver, followed by the season-ending Chiefs-over-Broncos, 44-24 thrashing in Kansas City in 2009 and yesterday’s whipping).

That being said, Haley’s apology sounds every bit of an “I had to do this” as opposed to a “I’m genuinely apologetic for my post-game behavior” mea culpa, so maybe there’s hope for the coming blood feud after all.

H/t to 610 Sports for the clip.

Chiefs Officially Dump Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson

The career rushing record for the Kansas City Chiefs is once again safe from the clutches of self-inflicted punching bag, Larry Johnson, after he was told his meager services would no longer be needed. Johnson’s release brings an end to the running back’s star-crossed stay in Kansas City, one that began with him being called a baby by then head coach Dick Vermeil and ended with Johnson pathetic use of homophobic slurs on Twitter after being accosted by disappointed fans.

While Johnson did everything in his power to hasten his departure, it will be hard not to look back on his tenure and wonder what could’ve been. What could’ve been if Johnson was as committed to being great as he was enjoying the Kansas City nightlife, a pleasure that proved to be just as painful as it was enjoyable. For more on that, just take a look at Johnson’s police blotter.

Johnson has been arrested four times since 2003 on various assault charges against women. In 2003, he was arrested for felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor domestic battery for waving a gun at his then-girlfriend, during an argument at his home. The charges were dropped when Johnson agreed to participate in a domestic violence diversion program. In 2005, he was again arrested for assault when a woman accused Johnson of pushing her to the ground, but the case was dropped after the alleged victim failed to appear in court for three different hearings.

His third arrest for assault came on February 24, 2008, after allegedly pushing a woman’s head at a nightclub on February 24.[18] On October 10, 2008, Johnson was arrested for the fourth time and charged with one count of non-aggravated assault for allegedly spitting a drink in a woman’s face at a Kansas City nightclub on Oct. 11…

As I was saying, Larry “The Roc” Johnson will go down as a “what could’ve been” player. Unfortunately for Johnson — besides the legal and social media-related trouble — after two brilliant seasons in 2005 and 2006, he’s been awfully pedestrian. In fact, besides those two years of glory, Johnson never cracked the thousand-yard rushing mark again, making one wonder why he was kept around. Obviously, Herm Edwards and his current successors had dreams of 1700-yard seasons dancing in their collective heads.

Alas, Johnson apparently could not or wasn’t interested in reproducing those kinds of results.

And so, this brings a close to Johnson’s once-promising career with the Chiefs, a fact petition-happy KC fans will certainly enjoy. With that in mind, allow me to say “so long, Larry.” Hopefully, the Chiefs can find someone as interesting to replace you. With Jared Allen, and now you gone, the Chiefs are now devoid of interesting personalities — unless Todd Haley is considered a suitable replacement.

Kansas City Chiefs Will Welcome Michael Vick Back

It’s been revealed that Roger Goodell will be allowing Michael Vick to reenter his National Football League in the third week of the regular season. The Philadelphia Eagles will be hosting the Kansas City Chiefs on Vick’s first game back since his incarceration, giving offensive coordinator-embattled Todd Haley with even more to worry about besides the ghost of Jim Johnson and his legacy of incredible blitzing defenses he kindly left behind.

Responding to questions about his decision, Commissioner Goodell indicated Vick has shown the necessary amount of commitment to be trusted with reinstatement.

Goodell said that Vick is “Demonstrating his commitment and will use better judgment going forward. We are looking for a success story here.”

Tyson Jackson, are you ready to earn some of that rookie money when the Eagles unveil their new “gimmick” player? Make sure you keep with your contain assignments, or it could be a long, long afternoon in the City of Mike Vick Love.

Larry Johnson Makes Nice For New Chiefs Staff

Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson apparently wants to turn over a new leaf for his new bosses. After asking to be traded shortly after Todd Haley and Scott Pioli took over at Arrowhead Stadium, Johnson has changed his tune and is planning to report to the Kansas City Chiefs voluntary minicamp, which starts tomorrow and goes through Sunday. Johnson’s “good teammate” turn comes after the resolution of multiple legal situations the Chiefs running back was facing.

Jason Whitlock; however, does not think Johnson should be a Chief any longer.

There’s no reason to believe Larry Johnson or his new agent…

Scott Pioli should go ahead and release Johnson now. If somehow Kansas City’s new general manager is able to trade Johnson for anything — chinstrap, mouthpiece, blocking dummy, a jockstrap to be named later — Pioli would have to be an early candidate for NFL executive of the year.

Johnson has no trade value. He refuses to block. He’s an unreliable runner. He has a bad attitude. His best years are long gone. A team would be foolish to trade for Johnson.

That’s not the most ringing endorsement I’ve ever heard, but perhaps Whitlock makes a point. Is it worth the effort/trouble/risk to give Johnson another chance? His recent track record, on and off the field, says no. Conversely, his 4.5 YPC might disagree with Whitlock.

Larry Johnson Celebrates in Style

Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson looks like he’s happy. You don’t see too many sad people wearing camouflage pants and trucker hats capable of fitting over Kid’s high-top fade. Maybe it’s the new quarterback his team traded for? Maybe it’s the facelift his team is currently undergoing? Is he excited about playing for Scott Pioli and Todd Haley? His Pro Bowl offensive lineman isn’t, but why should Johnson let that spoil his wardrobe fun? Question: Does anyone REALLY think Johnson is going to survive the new management purge, especially when you consider some of the legal issues the running back is dealing with? You have to think, considering how the Patriots were ran when Pioli was in New England, that this kind of behavior won’t be tolerated by the Chiefs.

Does the ending bode well for Johnson?

The image in question was taken in Las Vegas this past weekend at the PURE nightclub and first appeared on Spy on Vegas. H/t to Pacman Jonesin’ for the find.

Todd Haley To Kansas City

Todd Haley
Whisenhunt: “Where are you going?” Haley: “Kansas City, boss.”

Chiefs fans, you have a new outlet for your frustrations now that Herm Edwards’ replacement has been named. Be sure to give a laurel and hearty welcome to your new … *transmission garbled* … I believe it was “new coach” they were trying to say.

Welcome aboard, coach Todd Haley.

More on KC’s new coach after the jump >>