We look back at the weekend that just was in the NFL and
consider some of the more profoundly stupid actions, statements and reactions
as we ask… What were you thinking?
Todd Haley, Kansas
City Chiefs Head Coach, What Were You Thinking…?
When you didn’t shake opposing head coach Josh McDaniels
hand after a 49-29 beatdown in Denver?
Haley refused to shake McDaniels hand and wagged his
finger at him as well in what he called a “private moment”.
So, Todd, what are you really angry about?
At a closer look, the Chiefs outscored the Broncos 19-14
in the second half, so McDaniels can’t be fully accused of running up the
What Haley is really angry about is that his team was
down 35-0 before the blink of an eye and to be quite frank, they just didn’t
show up to play on Sunday. If Haley has anyone to be pointing a finger at, it’s
at himself for his shoddy preparation.
And he’s probably even more pissed that his team has been
exposed in the last two weeks and their once-comfortable lead in the AFC West
has all of the sudden disappeared.
The Chiefs are now in second place with the San Diego
Chargers just a game behind. Kansas City has now lost four of their last six
games with their only wins coming against Jacksonville and Buffalo.
Cleveland Browns Wide Receiver, What Were You Thinking…?
When you fumbled the ball with your team in field goal
range in overtime?
On a third-and-four in overtime, Stuckey made a huge
catch to move the chains and get the ball to the New York Jets 32-yard line.
But instead of running out of bounds, Stuckey tried to fight for a meaningless
yard, the Jets held him up and stripped him of the football.
The Browns would never cross their own 44-yard line again
the rest of the way and eventually lost when Santonio Holmes slipped through
their secondary and ran into the end zone with just 24 seconds remaining.
There are times to fight for yardage and there are times
to go out of bounds. This was the latter.
Cleveland Browns fans felt the sting of a bad loss once again. Just
as it looked like they had turned a corner and were about to complete a third
straight win against an elite NFL team, they suffered another painful loss like
only the Browns franchise (and maybe Lions and Cardinals) can.
Cincinnati Bengals Tight End, What Were You Thinking…?
When you fumbled away a chance to steal a win in
Speaking of franchises that suffer painstaking losses,
the Cincinnati Bungles appear to have returned. Coming off a sour loss on
Monday Night Football where a fervent comeback fell short, the Bengals picked
themselves off the mat and were in great shape to steal a win against the
The Bengals, who faced deficits of 17-3 and 23-10, scored
a touchdown with 2:33 remaining to cut the lead to 23-17. On the ensuing
kickoff, they recovered the ball at the Colts 40-yard line and looked to be in
perfect shape to run the two-minute drill…until their first play on offense.
Palmer found rookie tight end Jermaine Gresham over the
middle for a six-yard gain but as he was fighting for yards, he fumbled the
ball and the Colts recovered. Game over.
Props to the Bengals for fighting back from a big deficit
for a second straight week – especially since they really don’t have much to
play for – but these heart-wrenching losses have to stop as they are shortening
the lifespan of their fan base.
New York Giants
Defensive Line, What Were You Thinking…?
When you played as soft as one of Justin Tuck’s
five-dollar foot long Subway subs on Sunday?
The Giants defensive line, who had a reputation of
knocking out quarterbacks all season long, allowed Cowboys quarterback Jon
Kitna to stay upright all game long and pick them apart.
In the first meeting between the teams just three weeks
ago, the Giants had three sacks and seven quarterback hits – one of which
removed Tony Romo from the game.
Kitna and the entire Dallas Cowboys offense looked as good as
they had all year as the Giants produced no pressure. Kitna finished with 327
passing yards and three touchdowns while the Cowboys offense connected on five
plays of 25 yards or longer.
Who was it that was saying the Giants defensive
coordinator Perry Fewell should be up for a head coaching job this offseason?
And who was it that was saying that the Giants are the best team in the NFC?
Think again in both cases as this is a wakeup call that
the Giants still have the Jekyll-Hyde in their system.