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first_imgYet, I still couldn’t see his face. Not even from just tenyards away, which is where I was standing at the end ofSuper Bowl 43. Time had just run out. And I ran backbehind the bench to pick up my broadcast gear. Suddenly,with all the players and coaches at midfield, I was thelast person on the Cardinals sideline. Just Paulie Pigskinand the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator – who stillhadn’t moved an inch.Todd Haley just stood there. Staring straight down at hisshoe laces. Music blaring. Confetti blowing. And Haleylooking without blinking – past his play sheet anddirectly into the Tampa turf where James Harrison hadraced past two hours earlier with… well, we all remember.The clock had just expired. On a Super Bowl ring. AndHaley’s coaching career with the Cardinals. Forever. Or sowe thought. Turns out, here in 2012, Haley might be standing on theCards sideline again – although he rarely stands in oneplace. Instead, Haley alternates between barking outplays, tearing off headsets, and pointing fingers intofacemasks. In other words, he cares. And for those of us outsideprofessional sports (fans, media, etc.), it always seemslike we care the most about the people who really do care.Truly care and share the passion, minus the paycheck, forthe game itself. Because, to the rest of us, it’s not ourjob, it’s more like an addiction. Somehow, our DNAdictates that we can’t help but care. Right? Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Which is what made that Super Bowl snapshot so memorable.For once, Todd Haley wasn’t saying anything. And thatresonates louder than anything else I remember. With that in mind, if what my NFL sources are sayingproves accurate – that Haley has the “Cardinals atop hislist of non-head coaching opportunities” – then we allneed to break out the ear muffs like Vince Vaughn’s kid in“Old School,” because the volume is about to be turned upagain this season. So, my lasting impression of Todd Haley? Beyond thatimage of the lone person left on the Cards Super Bowlsideline is that Haley really cares. Deeply. As wereported before the Super Bowl season, deep enough to callLarry Fitzgerald a “One-Trick Pony.” Deep enough to helpresurrect Kurt Warner (I still remember what he told melate in 2008: “We took the cowboy out of him” –referring to what Whisenhunt & Haley did to transform KurtWarner from the risk-taking/turnover prone QB with the NYGiants to the “Gloved One” with the Cards.) Speaking of Whisenhunt, I still remember Haley as one ofthe only guys with the carte blanche to readily refer toCoach W as “Kenny.” And, as long as we’re running the no-huddle down memorylane, there’s the Anquan Boldin sideline confrontation,which I’m still asked about to this day. The real untoldstory isn’t what the cameras didn’t catch, it’s that youcould usually set the over/under on sideline smackdowns atthree – per game! And at least one of ‘em wouldinvolve Kurt Warner. (Heck, I still remember a game in DCwhere even Paulie Pencilneck had to hustle out of the wayas Haley stormed the sideline ready to go Lou Piniella ona 5th round rookie named Steve Breaston, who had messed upa route on 3rd down and killed the drive.) 0 Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img Top Stories You couldn’t hear a thing. And, in hindsight, you didn’tneed to. The look said it for him and, at the same time,said it all. Not the look on his face, mind you. In truth, youcouldn’t see that. All you really could see were theslumped shoulders, along with the single bent knee bearingall his weight. But what you really saw was utterdejection. And although you knew it would fade, you alsorealized right then that losing a Super Bowl lasts alifetime. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img

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