Postgame Q&A: Todd Haley

Following the Chiefs third preseason game — and loss — Todd Haley met with the media.

On Tyler Thigpen:

“When you’re one of 10 on third down you’re not getting it done at quarterback, there is just no way.  Even if there are breakdowns at other places it’s the quarterback’s responsibility to move the chains and there wasn’t much good happening.”

Why didn’t Brodie Croyle play?

“That was our plan.  With four (QB’s) there is going to be an odd man out and that was just the direction we decided to go.”

On Matt Guitierrez

“I would say there were a couple of positives early but taking sacks in two-minute situations and throwing interceptions…I thought it was a step back for the entire group.”

On Special Teams:

“It’s discouraging, disappointing.  Change is hard.  Change is painful and this is one of those painful moments and I’m sure there will be some painful moments this week.  Change is not easy.  Ryan (Succup) has been a positive throughout camp and the pre-season.  Tonight he line-drived a kickoff we don’t want and he missed a field goal he probably should have made.  But he did bounce back and hit one and I thought the end of the half it was a good kick.  It was not a negative in any way.  He had a good kickoff after the miss.  I’m not going to beat him up too bad.”

Is this the worst thing that could have happened the way this night went?

“I told you I want to win.  We need to learn how to win and right now we’re three preseason games without showing the ability to win or finish or do the things we had to do to have a chance.  That’s where we’re at, but we’ll start to find out who has some staying power now.  It’ll start to be pretty clear.  I said at the end of the week this is the toughest part of the year in football because there is a lot of stuff going on.  This is when you get some guys that may show what you are.  I’m looking for 53 who have some staying power and that means those who are mentally tough and can overcome adversity.”

Was it your plan to get your running game working tonight?

“I don’t think we’re going to be a high-powered group right now, so we’re going to have to find ways to win games and running the football is something we’re going to have to be able to do.  I thought if there was a positive early it felt like we were moving the ball on the ground a little bit.”

Haley sounded upset and rightfully so.  Just a terrible performance on what is supposed to be the most important game of the preseason.  Obviously losing Cassel on the first drive doesn’t help matters any, but that isn’t why the O-line was porous and the special teams coverage units were even worse.

I promise you we see plenty of roster movements early on next week, maybe even tomorrow morning.  No one is safe.

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