Dennis Allen isn’t new to the AFC West so he’s familiar with the traditional rivalries. Of course now that he’s moved from the dregs of Denver to the home of football’s most faithful fans that is Oakland Coach Allen is getting a whole new perspective on pro football’s most storied rivalries. And if he wasn’t aware of how fierce Chiefs-Raiders can get then he got his first taste today.
Today Kansas City pass rusher Tamba Hali fired the first shot of this Sunday’s Chiefs-Raiders clash by calling the Silver and Black “dirty”.
“The Raiders, they come in, they cheap shot, they hit you. I’m not saying names. It is what it is. We’ve got to be ready to play and keep our composure, stay poised and be able to get this win. 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.”
Whatever “dirty” means exactly Hali didn’t go into detail. Did he mean cats like Tommy Kelly or Rolando McClain are from the Dirty South? Did he mean dirty in that so good they’re filthy kind of way? But that’s irrelevant. There is no way you can spin “dirty” in a positive way or even explain it in anything that resembles something less menacing than intentionally trying to injure or cheat in some way.
In reality the first Chief to take a shot at the Raiders this year was none other than Kevin Boss who was quickly castoff by Reggie McKenize. Boss wasted no time in trying to fire up Raider Nation by proclaiming himself to be “on the right side of the rivalry”. For the record Boss is out for the season and fellow former Raider Stanford Routt hasn’t exactly find greener pastures in Missouri.
Thankfully none of the Raiders, including Coach Allen, are taking the bait. Whatever Hali was hoping to accomplish I’m guessing he hasn’t gotten the desired result. The only result Raider Nation cares about is winning. So come Sunday there will be plenty of dirty fingers pointed at the scoreboard reminding Hali what time it really is.