Q&A: Todd Haley 10/16

Before heading to Washington to take on the Redskins, Todd Haley met with the media in Kansas City.  Here are the highlights:

On Branden Albert:

“I’m still not ruling him out because of the position he plays.  He’s making huge strides.  He’s doing everything in his power.  He’s walking and getting around and doing things he wasn’t able to do.  Each day has been big jumps for him, so I want to just keep it alive. ”

What are the chances of T Barry Richardson being activated?

“I would say there’s a chance of that, too.  We just have to evaluate today’s tape and see where we’re at and try to make the right decision.”

How do you define toughness?

“That’s a good question.  I define toughness as a guy or a person that’s able to overcome adversity, whether that’s mental or physical adversity and be dependable.  I’ve talked about receivers.  To me, mental toughness covers it all, because if you’re mentally tough and the ball is thrown over the middle, you’re not thinking about anything else but catching the ball.  If you’re not mentally tough, you’re thinking about the safety that’s coming and what happens when he hits me.  Some people separate those two.  To me, if you find mentally tough guys that are unaffected by the variables around them, whatever they may be, then you generally have a chance.  You have to have some talent.  You can’t just have a bunch of mentally tough guys that are bricklayers.”

Some quarterbacks respond differently in different types of situations.  The last drive of the fourth quarter against Dallas, was that QB Matt Cassel’s type of situation?

“I think that as you watch the game and you saw him in that situation and you saw him excel, I don’t know that you’d say that’s what he needs or that’s him in any way.  I think that’s a positive sign.  The great ones are all able to do that.  I haven’t known a great QB that couldn’t do that.  There are some that can do it that aren’t great.  Just because you can do it doesn’t mean you’re automatically great.  But the great ones, the great QBs in this league are able to with their backs against the wall, get the job done.  I think that’s a good sign for Matt (Cassel), that in a very difficult situation with a lot of different negative variables going on, he led the team the length of the field and scored a TD.”

Would it be fair to say that despite the disappointment in the loss, that drive was one of the most encouraging things you’ve seen out of your football team?

“Without a doubt, without a doubt.  And again, if it’s something we can build on and now take another step it will be big for us.”

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