Postgame Q&A: Todd Haley


Following the Chiefs  17-13 loss to the Vikings in Minnesota, Todd Haley met with the media.  Here are the highlights:

Opening Statement:

“Not the result we wanted.  There were some things that I was really interested to see how it would go in this game, especially with the circumstances going in this game.  One of those was how we handled the noise as an offense specifically, which I thought was a positive.  I wanted to start faster offensively, which I felt that we did even though we put the ball on the ground a couple times early.  We were able to overcome a couple of those mistakes and get on the board and get a lead, which I thought was critical after last week. We had to be better offensively on third down, which I thought we were.  We hurt ourselves with penalties on offense and turnovers.  I think we were minus two in the game.  That was an area we wanted to get better in and were not.  We did not cause any on defense and we fumbled it four times and they got two.  Defensively, big plays on third down were killer for us.  Unawareness, got hit by a couple of screens and then the big play down the middle of the field on third down.  In the end we had a chance to win the game.  I thought Jed Collins was going to get it in there on the flat, then we had a chance at a fade, which we didn’t execute.”

You were more aggressive on both sides of the ball with the starting groups.  Was that because you wanted to look at some things or you wanted to get things going?

“A little bit of both.  We didn’t do much more offensively.  We may have thrown the ball down the field.  Defensively, used some pressures we had in the last game that we didn’t get to.”

Was there progress with the starting groups?

“I think so.  Some of the areas were better.  I have to look at the tape.  I don’t think we were very good up front from what I can tell.  We hit the one run with Larry Johnson.  Other than that I think they were handling us too much inside.  Without watching the tape, I can’t tell you for sure.  I thought the quarterback play across the board was better . All three quarterbacks looked like they had a handle on what was going on.”

What did you hope to accomplish on defense, linebackers in particular?

“As a defense, as a whole, everybody doing their job and filling their gap responsibility was critical to us.  I think we were okay.  I think overall we did a decent job in the area.  I think there were a couple that were where they weren’t supposed to be.  I was looking to see guys tackle, get some pressure on the quarterback, which I thought we did.”

Was it part of the plan to put more pressure on the quarterback?

“We weren’t totally sure who was playing.  Some of those guys you have to play a little differently . Like I said at camp, we want to be able to pressure the quarterback, whoever it is. I thought we created some pressure, we just have to keep working on it.

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