Tamba Hali Calls The Raiders 'Dirty'

Tamba Hali is helping to heat up the Chiefs vs. Raiders rivalry by firing the first shot ahead of this weekends game.

Hali, in comments made to the Kansas City Star, called out the Raiders for dirty play.

“It’s a tradition,” Hali said. “The Raiders, they come in, they cheapshot, they hit you. I’m not saying (any) names. It is what it is. We’ve got to be ready to play and keep our composure, stayed poised and be able to get this win.”

Hali didn’t stop there. He said the guys that have been with the Chiefs for a while, know what to expect when the Raiders come to town.

“The core guys that have been here, they understand what we’ve got going on Sunday,” he said. “(The Raiders) are coming in and they’re a good team and a fast team and they play dirty. We’ve got to come out swinging.

“We’ve got to be ready for that. You can let these guys come in and if they do it and you let them do it, they’re going to enjoy themselves doing it and they’ll run over you. So you have to be prepared for that and stay with the game plan.”
Isn’t it refreshing to hear some Chiefs players talking about a game with some passion?

We can debate whether or not it is fair for Hali to label the Raiders dirty but what matters to me is that he is making it clear that he doesn’t like the Raiders. He doesn’t like the way they play and he wants his teammates to be read to kick the crap out of them.

It seems like a long time since any Chiefs player has been vocal and passionate about taking on a division rival. The Scott Pioli era has been full of boyscout soundbites about how every game is equally important.

Get out of here with that nonsense.

The Pioli Chiefs are soft, especially when playing the Raiders. Oakland has come into KC and manhandled the Chiefs on multiple occasions. While that may be fun for Raiders fans, it doesn’t make for a good game and it certainly doesn’t do anything positive for the rivalry.

The Chiefs need a leader on defense and it appears that the normally quiet and businesslike Hali is realizing that. KC’s defense is loaded with talent and some guys that are capable of playing a tough style of defense. If ever I’ve seen a team that seems to be thinking too much it is the Chiefs.

Maybe Hali is on to something. Maybe the Chiefs need to come out and play with aggression and instinct. Romeo Crennel is a big proponent of everyone playing technically sound football but it may be that the KC defense is too focused on technique. The whole point of learning the little things well is that when the time comes, you don’t have to think because you’ve already done the work.

The Raiders certainly aren’t going to appreciate Hali’s words. In fact, Radiers DT Richard Seymour has already responded.

“Any time you play the game, you should play with a chip on your shoulder,” Seymour said. “You should play with an attitude.

“But in terms of being dirty, going out to hurt guys, I don’t think I play that way or any of my teammates (play that way). I don’t stand for it. But we do play tough and physical. I do believe that’s the way the game is supposed to be played. I respect guys that play the same way.”

The Chiefs may be 1-5 and the Raiders 2-4 but it sure seems like the rivalry is alive and well.

Here’s hoping the good guys come out on top this time.

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  • Jonathan Aldridge

    the raiders are a very cheap team. and im not saying this just cuz imma chiefs fan. its there mindset. no matter who they play, they play dirty. its been that way since they were first organized as a team. they always get a little bit more aggressive against the chiefs, but its all about the long-lived rivalry. the chiefs dont get very aggressive against them cuz we dont have many aggressive players like them, or the steelers, or the lions. this is exactly why we havent had much luck against them lately. if we can play with more aggression sunday, no doubt we can win cuz there team is just awful. only 2 good players in carson palmer and darren mcfadden.

  • PunjabiPete

    I got a boner reading Hali’s comments. I am not sure why. I would LOVE to rekindle that rivalry, would be so much better than just settling for the Chiefs going through the motions 16 games a year so they can watch the playoffs with the rest of us.

  • Otto

    Dirty? Man, i thought they do random drug tests across the league? Absurd. I don’t care who you are a fan of…to say that a MODERN Raiders team plays dirty (Especially THIS year) is down right absurd. It’s an ongoing tradition that the Ref’s are against most AFC West Teams, and most would agree that the Raiders top that list (The past 12 years proves that in leading the league in penalties). If they play dirty, then why on Earth have their penalties this year gone down so much? (To say the least). Sounds just like another whiny (moderated) player who’s(moderated from being spanked for the past 5 games (Me thinks). So sad Tamba-Thumb, just shut up & play the game like a man & (moderated).

    • Patrick Allen

      The Raiders seemed to have gotten it together a bit this year but Tamba hasn’t played them this year so he is obviously drawing on his past experiences. I doubt he’d say it if there wasn’t some truth to it.

      I can see arguing the point of whether the Raiders are dirty or not but please leave the homophobic/sexist comments out of it when commenting here please. We love a little friendly fan trash talk (in fact Raiders fans stop by every year) but keep it somewhat civil please.

  • Rigo Gutierrez

    Sounds to me like Tambutt Hali is crying because he knows his. Chiefs are gona loose again in their house to the Raiders for the 6th time. What a loser. Lol Raider Nation for life.

    • calciomoti

      no one cares what a fan of a retarded pirate who’s CLEARLY gotten his ass kicked 55 times by the Chiefs, thinks

      Go back to your own boards bitch

      • Rigo Gutierrez

        Sounds like another sore loser to me.

  • Rigo Gutierrez

    We should just paint Arrowhead stadium silver and black and rename it Black Hole 2 Stadium. Raiders home away from home.

  • Nathan Spearman

    Raiders are nothing but low rent wanna be’s.

    • radrss

      Low rent wanna be’s? Whats that make you then cause we always kickingv your butts in your house!!! GO RAIDERS!!!!!!

  • Chiefswatch

    I think the Raiders are not so much dirty anymore as they are just stupid.

  • andrew mcbroom

    Its about time someone in red and gold woke up. The Raiders are a good team and play physical. Look how they played against the Falcons. KC needs attitude and to be physical during all 60 mins. Hopefully Hali’s words turn into play on the field sunday.