Josh McDaniels Responds to Todd Haley Handshake Snub, Haley Apologizes
Cameras caught Haley ignoring McDaniels' outstretched hand, instead wagging his finger at the Broncos coach. Afterwards, Haley explained in vague terms the method to his madness, seemingly Haley taking issue with how McDaniels and his team handled the rout. When asked about it Monday, McDaniels claimed he is as unsure of why it happened as everyone watching.
"I don't know. I'm not sure about that," McDaniels said. "I was proud of the way we played."
McDaniels wasn't asked the incident in his post-game press conference, so Monday was the first we heard from the Denver side. At his own Monday press conference, Haley apologized:
"I also want to touch on a post-game situation that I know, or it sounds like, has become a big deal, and I do want to apologize for me not shaking Josh's hand after the game. I do believe in doing what's right and that was not right. I probably let emotions of the situation get me too much. I apologize and I apologize to the fans and to Denver and to Josh."
When pressed as to the reasoning behind the snub, Haley refused to get into details. In his initial post-game press conference Sunday evening, he said:
"That's a private time between head coaches that has become not so private, but the key I would say, probably the thing that you're asking about, is that I've been in this enough as an assistant coach, as a head coach now, to be in some of these games. And the important thing for me as a head coach is that our team continue to just play hard and play our hearts out and keep fighting until the end.
"Sometimes, you see indicators on the other side of where that team thinks the game is. We've been on the other side of this and we've been on this side of it and we've been ... again, let's just keep it at that."