Following the Chiefs loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia, Todd Haley met with the media. Here are the highlights:
How long will be until this team is competitive against a team like the Eagles?
“Well, we’ve got to be better than we were today, no doubt about it. I expect to be competitive every single week. I had high hopes coming into this game that we had a good chance to win the game. You know, when you play the way that we played and coached the way that we coached, you probably don’t have much of a chance. But I will say that the week of practice leading up to this game I was optimistic that we had a chance to come out here and win the game.”
On the penalties:
“Penalties are something that we coach hard, and we talk to them about it a lot. We have to do it more. We have to do a better job as coaches because when you have that many penalties two weeks in a row that falls on me. Like I said last week, that is not the team that we are going to be or want to be and that comes back to me. You cannot expect to win games in the NFL with penalties every other play, which it felt like.“
Why did the team run the ball so much?
“I think to be the team that we want to be we are going to have to be able to run the ball even when they have too many up there. We are trying to win the game, but at the same time we are trying to establish an identity around here. Three yards of rushing offense at halftime, to me, is unacceptable. It was not something that I thought at the time I could let go at the wayside with our offense. Again, we are trying to establish an identity around here. You can call it conservative if you want. I think it had a purpose as far as myself and the team goes, and I will leave it at that.“
Do you believe that the Chiefs have the personnel to compete with the best teams in the NFL?
“I thought we were playing a pretty good team in the Baltimore Ravens, a team that will have a lot of wins when the year is over. With two minutes to go we were in that game, so we competed in that game and we did what it took to have a chance to win that game in the end. We didn’t do that. Today, did it appear that way? No. But, as I said, after a week of practice, preparation, and knowing what we were going to get because I don’t think they did anything that was unexpected, I came into this game optimistic that we had a chance to compete and win the game.“
How have you managed to keep your composure on the sidelines?
“I think that I have said from the start that I am a very emotional person, ask my family. That’s me. That is something that I have to work on at all times. The leader of this team cannot lose complete composure a significant amount of time, although it is something that’s hard for me. It is part of me. I think it is part of what has gotten me to where I am right now, but now that I am the head coach I have to work on that all the time. I have to work on it driving down the road when somebody cuts me off. I work on that all the time.”