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Video: Todd Haley may still be failing postgame handshake etiquette

Doug Farrar
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If you saw our recent post about the history of postgame issues between NFL coaches in the wake of last week's Jim Harbaugh/Jim Schwartz fracas, you'll remember that Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley has a history of … shall we say … failing to understand the simple back-and-forth of the quick postgame handshake.

First, there was his finger-pointing to the mercurial Josh McDaniels, back when McDaniels had a head coaching job with the Denver Broncos. Then, there was the back-and-forth Haley had with Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh this preseason after he thought that the bottom of the Ravens ran it up against the bottom of his own.

Now, another episode. After the Chiefs beat the living daylights out of the Oakland Raiders in a 28-0 Week 7 bashing, you'd think that all would be OK between Haley and Raiders coach Hue Jackson, who's usually one of the more gregarious figures in the league. But then, we saw this little bit of tension between the two AFC West coaches:

We're not aware that Haley has said anything about it; generally, his modus operandi is to apologize the day after if he's offended. And it's entirely possible that Jackson was giving Haley the business for beating up his own team and throwing downfield late in the fourth quarter. But if that's the case, Jackson should have saved the invective for quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Kyle Boller, who combined to throw six interceptions.

All Jackson would say about the incident afterward came from the Twitter account of Steve Corkran from the Contra Costa Times:

#Raiders coach Jackson, Chiefs coach Haley have animated postgame exchange. Jackson: "That's between me and him. We get to play 'em again."

Based on Jackson's statement, and Haley's history, I'm guessing that the fault lies more on the Kansas City side.

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