Postgame Q&A: Todd Haley Week 13

Following the Chiefs 44-13 loss to the Broncos, Todd Haley met with the media.  Here are the highlights:

On the game:

“Disappointing that the game ended up in that fashion.  We went into that game knowing we would have to be efficient on offense and I thought the drops hurt us a great deal, obviously turnovers.  We knew after last week that we’re not going to be a team that has a chance to win games when we turn the ball over or have a lot of dropped balls.

“Defensively, we knew we had to stop the run first to have any kind of chance to win and when you have nine or 10 carries over 10 yards it’s probably going to be a long day.

“I thought the guys fought hard.  We had some guys that gave it everything they had.  You have a guy like Tamba [Hali] with the sacks and tackles who is playing all over the field along with some others who are playing to the final gun.  But effort wasn’t the issue.  It was about being efficient offensively, stopping the run defensively and we did not do either one of those things.”

On the fake punt in the 3rd quarter:

“It’s a play we practiced and felt good about, obviously.  The nature of the play is one we wanted to do in our end [of the field] where they wouldn’t have any kind of cover.  We missed a block, turned one guy free and then we’ve got to execute the play.  The ball was knocked down.  The guy who the ball was going to appeared to me to be open for a very big play.”

Was taking Matt Cassel out of the game a quarterback change or was the game out of hand at that point?

“To me, the game was at a point where it was going to be very difficult for us to even get in the game and it was a chance to get Brodie some snaps.”

So Matt’s your quarterback next week?


What did you see in this game and last week’s game that tells you that this team is making progress?

“This is a results business, so off the results it would be hard to say that.  I have to go by what I see all week long and as hard as it is to say it, I believe in what we’re doing, knew it was not going to be easy.  There have been some flashes of encouragement and some disappointing Sundays.  We’ve got to get back to work and believe in what we’re doing and continue to try to get this team on a more consistent basis.”

Did you see some signs of efficiency the first half or do you look at the whole afternoon and say we weren’t efficient at all?

“We’re not a team that can let opportunities go by the wayside.  I know that first possession we had a great opportunity.  Then on the long drive not getting seven points there is something that hurts this team.  We just need to take advantage of all opportunities.  When we do, I think we’re fairly competitive and when we don’t you’re going to have some games like this.”

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