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November 27, 2009

Broncos Coach Taunted Chargers Before Game: Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels exchanged taunts with a group of San Diego Chargers linebackers during warmups last Sunday, telling them at one point that "we own you!" A subsequent transfer of ownership took place during the crushing 32-3 loss the Chargers handed his team. "As a coach, I hope he has that mindset," said Chargers linebacker and taunting target Shaun Phillips, "but to say you own us? You beat us one time. How much has he really done in this league? He had a team 6-0 and now he's looking up at us in second place."

posted by rcade to football at 11:23 AM - 15 comments

Which is what Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark suggested players should be allowed to do when coaches taunt players from the other team.

"Honestly, my thought on that is, I would like to petition Mr. (Roger) Goodell and say, if a coach can talk to me like that, I should be able to fight him," Clark said. "I don't know where he's from, but where I'm from, when somebody talks to you like that, they've got a problem with you. And we should be able to fight."

Brilliant.

posted by dfleming at 11:34 AM on November 27

As NFL head coaches get younger and younger, it seems likely they'll wind up acting with the punk mentality becoming more and more prevalent with that generation. The days of coaches showing class, such as Hank Stram, Tom Landry, Dick Nolan, etc. is probably getting to be a more distant memory each year. Great, the guy (McDaniel) is fired up. Like the story says he's not a player. Talking shit to opposing players shows he really is quite a dick, and the idea these players want to possibly fight him at that moment isn't too hard to believe. They're in the midst of getting themselves psyched up to go nuts on the field in the most violent of sports, and this chump in a ball cap and sweatshirt comes up and says "We own you"? Eventually an opposing player will grab him by the throat, throttle him, and the Broncos will have to play under a different head coach for a game while they coach is taken to intensive care.

posted by dyams at 02:52 PM on November 27

oh, snap.

posted by scully at 03:11 PM on November 27

I don't blame Ryan Clark for his sentiment/comments, afterall, the coach has the balls to throw down some trash talk without having to take a hit on the field.

Odd that a coach would show that level of behavior before a game. What the heck did he think he had to gain from it? Did he really think he's somehow throw the Chargers off their game? Seems obvious that it would be something that would galvanize the Chargers even more.

posted by dviking at 03:40 PM on November 27

As NFL head coaches get younger and younger, it seems likely they'll wind up acting with the punk mentality becoming more and more prevalent with that generation.

I doubt there are more "punks" in this generation than in your generation. But if you choose to pine for old times and come across as a cranky old timer, then go for it.

I personally don't care for McDaniels style. He comes across as too arrogant for my taste, especially considering that he hasn't really accomplished anything yet. On the other hand, he seems to relate to his players really well which may get them to buy in to his system more readily.

posted by curlyelk at 04:14 PM on November 27

But if you choose to pine for old times and come across as a cranky old timer, then go for it.

Cranky? Don't know if I was really coming across that way. Just making an observation about a possible trend among NFL head coaches as they begin to get jobs at a younger and younger age. The guy's actions seem to speak for itself.

posted by dyams at 04:51 PM on November 27

What the heck did he think he had to gain from it? Did he really think he's somehow throw the Chargers off their game? You're assuming that he's doing this as a result of a thought process, and my bet would be that he's doing it as a result of an emotional process.

posted by outonleave at 06:45 PM on November 27

while I don't think he thought it through to any reasonable level, one would hope a head coach in the NFL would have enough common sense to not just blurt out whatever pops into his head. wishful thinking to be sure

posted by dviking at 07:24 PM on November 27

A coach who can't control his emotions is going to have trouble getting his players to control theirs. This is a chump move by McDaniels.

posted by rcade at 09:50 PM on November 27

"An you meant to mock me after, you should not have mocked me before."

- Wm. Shakespeare

posted by lil_brown_bat at 09:54 PM on November 27

A subsequent transfer of ownership

That right there... LINE OF THE YEAR!

God that's awesome.

posted by Drood at 03:02 AM on November 28

Full contact taunting, circa late 1900's:

Pat Sullivan vs. Matt Millen & Howie Long

posted by beaverboard at 04:17 AM on November 28

"We own you."

Wow, that is a long way from Lyle Alzado's "I'm going to kill everyone you love and let you live."

posted by steelergirl at 10:24 AM on November 28

It is a long way from what Alzado said, but at least he was suiting up to actually play in the football game. A coach taunting players is pathetic at any level.

posted by dyams at 01:10 PM on November 28

As NFL head coaches get younger and younger, it seems likely they'll wind up acting with the punk mentality becoming more and more prevalent with that generation.

There was an incident just recently of someone MUCH older and MUCH higher up the team ladder and MUCH further away from the field, acting out with a "punk mentality", so I don't think this really has much to do with age or position.

posted by grum@work at 12:26 AM on November 29

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