Hali rejoined the Chiefs at practice Wednesday, his one-game suspension for an undisclosed violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy finished. He will play in Sunday’s game against the Bills in Buffalo.
His first order of public business was to apologize to the league and the Hunt family, owners of the Chiefs.
“This is not the type of light they want the organization to be in,” he said. “I’m truly sorry for the embarrassment. I just want to move forward and get better as a team and as an individual.”
Lewis is one of four current NFL head coaches – LESLIE FRAZIER (Minnesota), LOVIE SMITH (Chicago) and MIKE TOMLIN (Pittsburgh) are the others – who are graduates of the program.
“This program has been extremely beneficial over the years, paving the way for many coaches who have gone on to successful NFL careers,” said Cleveland Browns president MIKE HOLMGREN, who serves on the Advisory Council. “As a head coach with the Packers and Seahawks, I had many coaches work for us during camp who were able to get full-time positions because of that valuable experience. It was a tremendous learning environment for them and it continues to open doors for many young coaches.”
“There is a sense of urgency to win. You definitely don’t want to go 0-2. We’re trying to get the bad vibe over after this next game; we need to get a win. We’ve been through that being behind and trying to catch up and at the end of the year you look back and say, ‘man if we had won one of those games at the begging things would have been different.’ We just need to start winning now, count our wins, and play better.”
“Not really. Their emotions are not going to be as high as you would like them to be if you had won, but you still have to prepare for the next opponent. So, the routine doesn’t change as far as scouting report, game plan, working in practice and the things that you have to work on to try to win. That remains the same. Now, in getting them to get their spirits lifted, generally what happens as the week goes on and the next game becomes closer, then you put that last game further and further behind you because you know that you need to be at your best for the upcoming game, and then you begin to put all the focus on the upcoming game and put the last game behind you. Even when you win, you need to do that as well.”
“It is going to be fun,” Johnson said Wednesday when asked about facing Berry. “It is going to be interesting. We will see what happens. However he feels is however he feels. I already said it before that I have never been a dirty player and I never try to take somebody out. I know the work put in to get where he is and where I am. I have said it before but it is enough already. We will meet up on Sunday.”
I haven’t seen any quotes from Berry this week about the situation, which is not surprising. Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel downplayed the situation Wednesday. He said he doesn’t expect it to be an issue this weekend.