Following the Chiefs 27-16 loss to the Giants at Arrowhead Stadium, Todd Haley met with the media. Here are the highlights:
On the game:
“We played a very good New York Giants football team. Not the result we wanted in any way, shape or form. The first quarter of the season is now over with. We’re starting the second quarter of the season. We obviously have to improve in a lot of areas. One thing that I think was clear though, I believe that the guys fought it out there until the end. They rushed the ball for too much against us and we were awful on third down again, which has to improve. Now, we converted some fourth downs which I think fall into the same category [as converting third downs], in my philosophy.”
On Matt Cassel:
“He was under a lot of duress. That is a good front seven and they can bring it and I’d like to look at the tape and see more closely. But I thought he fought it out and competed.
You tried some fairly creative things. Was that just an attempt to get something going?
“Yeah, we gave up a possession right out of the gate with the fumble on the kickoff return and you’re trying to steal one back. I’ve kind of made that clear. We’re trying to win these games and we’ll do anything to try to do it. We didn’t get the onside kick and we’ve got to execute better. It was an effort to steal a possession back and try to get back in the game.”
What are the positives in the first quarter of the season?
“I think running the football has been an encouragement to me. We set out today to try and run the football a little bit and I thought we did that some. We had to eliminate the minus plays and I thought we did that better in the first half; not so in the second half. I would say running the football is starting to show up as something we can do.
On other phases of the game:
“I don’t think right now we’ll be able to live throwing 40 passes a game or survive doing that. Defensively, in some areas [we did] some good things; in other areas not so good. But I want to watch the tape. Could it be better? Yes. Would that help our confidence? Would winning the Oakland or Baltimore game have given us a little boost? Yes. But that’s not the way it went, so we are where we are. We’ve got to stick together as a team, which I think our guys are doing very well. We’ve got to pull together and start becoming a team much like that team across the field from us today.”