04.Feb.2012 Ryan Leaf Calls Mike Riley “an Idiot”…
Leaf isn't exactly a great source, but interesting comments nonetheless.
But he holds back nothing when assessing Mike Riley, who was Chargers head coach from 1999 to 2001. He laments what he described as Riley’s lack of discipline and wishes he had been allowed more time with Kevin Gilbride.
“I know the Chargers made mistakes, but I made a bunch of mistakes myself, and I’ve got to take responsibility for that. I mean, Mike Riley is an idiot, but I can’t do anything to change that. He wasn’t supposed to be a head coach in the NFL. Why was he there?”
Most interesting bit is the lack of discipline comment. I've written many times Riley pays no attention to detail. Now confirmed by an ex player.
On a similar note, this is what Riley has to say about the new coach:
“In this hire the priority is what they can do in coaching,” Riley said. “Then, how they can aid in recruiting, how they fit in with the staff and if they buy into the philosophy of what we are trying to do.”
Personally, I think there are enough good coaches on the staff. Recruiting should be the priority. But hey, what do I know, I'm just some idiot, right?