“I do believe in doing what’s right, and that was not right,” Haley said at his news conference on Monday. “I probably let the emotions of the situation get me too much. I apologize to the fans and to Denver and to Josh.
“It’s very necessary to let everybody know that I would do that over again (differently) at the end and that it wasn’t the right thing to do.”
Haley comes to this discussion with baggage. He has a reputation as a hothead, sometimes immature, too prone to letting his emotions get in the way of his job, and whatever progress he made this season – including the willingness to bring in assistants with more experience than him, and to publicly criticize himself – is fogged up by Haley scolding McDaniels.
All-Pro safety Adrian Wilson went through a long, difficult Sunday afternoon. On Monday he used an expletive, three times, to describe how he played. In his 10th season with Arizona, Wilson went through years of Cardinals futility only to see the franchise win the last two NFC West titles and even make it to the Super Bowl.
“Our guys weren’t 100 percent comfortable with how to line up against their two-receiver group, because they had two tight ends and were in a different formation,” McDaniels said. “(Williams) just wanted to make sure we were lined up properly. We did not call that timeout from the sideline.”