“That’s why guys don’t want to go out there for that final preseason game. You just
want to get through the preseason and get to the regular season. If this happens in the regular season, you can live with it. This stings even more because of when it happened.”
Solomon Wilcots, CBS analyst, after Tony Moeaki was lost for the season because of an injury in the Chiefs final preseason game, Kansas City Star
GH: This is the kind of decision that costs head coaches their job. There is no excuse or explanation as to why Haley played his starters so many snaps against green Bay’s reserves and risked their seasons. None.
“I don’t know if (Haley) made a mistake. I just think everyone was under different
circumstances this year.”
Herm Edwards, when asked if he thought Haley erred in playing his starters late into the fourth preseason game, including Matt Cassel, 810 AM
GH: Herm Edwards refuses to offer any opinion that might offend anyone in an NFL office who might one day be in position to hire him. When asked if he thought Haley made a mistake over playing his starting quarterback and the most important cog to the 2011 season against Green Bay in the final preseason game – as much a rhetorical question as anything – even then Edwards sat on the fence. When “The Coach” comes on the radio, I often flip the channel.
“Todd Haley appears to coach like a crazy man.”
Steven St. John, after it was revealed that Matt Cassel apparently suffered an injury to his ribs in the final preseason game, 810 AM
GH: SSJ was ticked that Haley showed so little regard for conventional wisdom in playing many starters late into the fourth quarter of a meaningless final preseason game. This is the kind of response or at least declaration that is missing from “experts” like Herm Edwards.
“(Tony Moeaki) is the one player they could ill-afford to lose in terms of what they
planned to put on his plate. I think he’s the most important person in their passing game. He was a huge piece of what they were trying to do. There’s no one who can tell you that that’s not the case.”
Solomon Wilcots, CBS analyst, after Moeaki was injured in the Chiefs’ final preseason game and is now lost for the season, Kansas City Star
GH: Wilcots has broadcast a number of Chiefs games over the past few years and we know his work well. He often gets confused during a live broadcast but he brought his opinion on how Haley handled playing his starters in the final preseason game with some punch. Solomon is no Herm Edwards when it comes to having an opinion. Read on.
“They’re going to put on a good act and say all the right things and keep a stiff upper
lip and all that, but there are going to be things they can no longer do (without Moeaki) that they would have been able to do had he been in their lineup.”
Solomon Wilcots, CBS analyst, Kansas City Star
GH: The Chiefs’ offense just took a huge hit in losing one of their primary weapons. The loss of Moeaki also makes it much more difficult for Cassel and Jamaal Charles to find space and avoid injury. This was an incredibly dumb move on the part of Haley.
“Based on what I saw and heard (Monday), my bet is Cassel plays Sunday but I don’t believe for a second he was a full participant in practice.”
Danny Parkins, of 610 Sports, Twitter
“If I was a betting man, I’d bet that they shoot up (Cassel’s) rib cage and he’ll start against Buffalo.”
Kevin Harlan, 810 AM
GH: The video of Cassel from Monday’s practice showed Cassel taking snaps and pitching the ball backward but it was apparent that he is favoring his left side. He may start on Sunday but will he be able to go four quarters?
“SCOOP – Matt Cassel suffered a cracked rib in the Chiefs final preseason game. Status for week 1 is not yet determined.”
Nick Wright, on Sunday, Twitter
GH: Wright again claims the scoop to a Chiefs’ story and then pokes a finger at The Kansas City Star. Read on.
“For real, don’t be mad at The Star. They do great work. They just gotta be tired of 1 guy beating them over the head on every Chiefs story.”
Nick Wright, Twitter
GH: I hope Nick discusses this topic when he has Kent Babb and Sam Mellinger on his show this week. That would be interesting radio.
“Former Chiefs guard Brian Waters is asked if leaving Kansas City was tough. ‘Not really.’ ”
Ian R. Rapoport, Twitter
GH: Waters is probably is happy he didn’t have to go four quarters against Green Bay last week.
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