One of the first things Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was asked about after being hired was his relationship with Cleveland Browns QB Colt McCoy.
To hear McCoy tell it — in a Yahoo! article — he was constantly disparaged by Daboll.
“There were times I had to pull my helmet off to call a play in the huddle,” McCoy said at the time. “Guys could hear him yelling, and they’d say, ‘Just take it off.’ People said to me, ‘Man, I ain’t never seen anything like that. Just hang in there.’”
For Daboll’s part, he wasn’t interested in firing back at McCoy, instead choosing to downplay the rift by saying he simply could have handled his emotions better.
“I think there are certain times when you’re a coach and sometimes emotion can get to you that maybe you step back and say, ‘Boy, I would rather have handled it that way rather than this way,’ but I think the job as a coach is to tell the players what to do, show them how to do it and really not accept any excuses.”
The newest Chiefs coach was also sure to point out there are no lingering bad feelings with his former quarterback.
“Colt and I have a good relationship. It’s not a bad relationship … I have a lot of respect for Colt as well as the other guys that I’ve coached.”
Considering how often Todd Haley was destroyed in and around Kansas City for being excitable during games, it will be curious to see how Daboll is treated by the fans and media when he acts the same way. Will he get a pass because he’s part of the “Patriot Tree”?