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The methods behind Haley's occasional madness

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

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TAMPA, Fla. -- There was no shouting at Todd Haley's interview table Thursday morning, an upset for those who know the Cardinals' offensive coordinator only through those now-ubiquitous video clips of his sideline shouting match with receiver Anquan Boldin.

Haley showed his lighter side to the eight or 10 reporters gathered around him for roughly an hour. He reflected on his father, longtime NFL scout Dick Haley, and his relationship with coaching mentor Bill Parcells. I came away with a better understanding of the methods behind Haley's occasional madness.

On whether he and his father are polar opposites:

Todd Haley: He's got another side to him that doesn't show up very often, but it has shown up to me plenty of times, and still does, but on a regular basis, yeah, we're polar opposites. But if you can get to him, which I've been able to, he's got another side to him. I think I just let mine out more.

On the key to bringing out your father's more combustible side:

TH: That's too hard to say. I've done it too much. I don't know what, acting up, as he would say. Acting like an idiot. He doesn't swear, but I've heard "idiot" and "clown" plenty of times in my life.

On managing relationship with players:

TH: I think I've tried to stay true to myself and I tell them right up front how I am and how it's going to be and I try to ask, I don't want to disrespect anybody in any way. That is not what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to get the most out of you. I think the fact that I stay consistent and stay true to my personality, that the players understand.

On his first shouting match with Parcells:

TH: We were in the draft room after the [1998] draft and there was a guy that I had gone to scout named Chris Brazzell, who has had a very productive career in the Canadian Football League. I have to add that, for sure, because I was fighting for him. And Bill didn't want to have anything to do with him, so I was fighting for this guy, I had gone down, I had worked him out one-one one with a deflated football, I might add, in San Angelo, Texas. Flew in one of those little planes, and if you've been down there, it's kind of a desolate place there in San Angelo, Texas, but I really liked the guy. He was fast and could jump. He was a great long jump, explosive guy. I was fighting for him. [Parcells] wanted nothing to do with him and I kept pushing and it got to the point where he definitely, he was doing a lot more shouting than I was, but we ended up taking Chris Brazzell in the seventh round and we kept him around for a couple years and he made a couple plays in the NFL, but then he went to Canadian Football League and had a productive career.

On potential fallout from that argument:

TH: I thought I was getting fired, No. 1, after it. But I think Coach appreciated the fact that I stood up for what I believed in. I think that is a common thing with him. I don't think he wants a lot of yes-men around that are just telling him what he wants to hear. I think he wants guys that stay strong in their beliefs.

On his most heated sideline exchange with Parcells:

TH: That one was public. I don't want to bring that one back up. That was the one where he took a little mini-swing at me in Seattle. I think I was yelling and screaming at officials and he told me to shut up, which I needed to do. That was it. He was right 100 percent, I was wrong.

On what he learned from Parcells:

TH: There are so many things I've learned from him, but it just keeps coming back to how you have to continually push the players. That guys can't stay comfortable and that goes for us as coaches. He didn't want us as a coaching staff to get comfortable because I think it's human nature to relax and feel good about yourself. He always just taught me and taught us by doing the same things to us of just continually pressing the players, your coaching staff, whatever it is, at all times, and not really letting up.