Following Chiefs practice today in Kansas City, Todd Haley met with the media. Here are the highlights:
On Jamaal Charles:
“I think Jamaal, as I’ve made pretty clear, is a guy that is starting to get it or has made a lot of progress. He’s gone through some adversity this year. He hasn’t cracked. He’s continued to fight through and get better. He’s got play-making ability and I’m excited about Jamaal and his ability.”
On if he tells his players to stay out of trouble with a weekend off:
“I said earlier in the week how these guys conduct themselves is very important to all of us.”
How important is it with as much as you demand from these players that you give them some time off to come back re-charged?
“I think it’s very important and as a coach it’s hard coming off the way our game went Sunday. We talked about this as a staff and had a plan for what we wanted to do this week. Again, going into that game we felt we had a great chance to win the game. It didn’t go that way and the knee-jerk reaction is let’s go back to work. But I do think it’s important that these guys have the ability to re-charge their batteries because they’ve been going very, very hard and effort has not been a problem.”
You said Jamaal hasn’t cracked. Is that learning your system or adjusting to your practice schedule?
“Little bit of everything but Jamaal, specifically if you remember, he had a fumble in the pre-season game against the Rams. He fumbled a kickoff and there are some things that happened to him where he could have gone in the tank. To me, when you go in the tank you’re cracking a little bit. He’s fought through some adversity and he’s already ready and always ready to go in when his number is called. He practices hard and has been meeting every morning at 6:30 with Coach Carthon – every morning. He’s showing signs of a guy who has gotten better.”
As far as play-calling have the last three or four days been helpful to you?
“Without a doubt because protecting your liabilities is important and as a play-caller there may be ways you want to call the game or ways you’re used to calling a game and you can’t. I felt like I made adjustments but after sitting for a week and studying us it’s clear there are more adjustments that need to be made. So, this has been a good week for anybody.”
What’s the status of the offensive line and the injuries?
“I think injuries are part of the game and something you have to deal with. In two games we did a really good job of dealing with it: the Dallas games and some of the moves we had to make once Branden [Albert] went down, and in the Washington game. What injuries force you to do is they force you to put some people in that maybe you wouldn’t put in and they get some great experience and you get to learn a little bit more about them in game situations. As tough as it is, it’s a fact of life. The games are going to go on. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of adjusting on the fly and finding solutions and that’s what it is all about.”