Following Chiefs practice today in Kansas City, Todd Haley met with the media. Here are the highlights:
Will you approach this game any differently as far as giving some players more time on the field?
“No. I think we’ll do the things that we think we’ll give us the best chance to win. We’ve been forced to by circumstances. A lot of these guys have had their play-time accelerated because of the situation. There are some negatives surrounding that because we’ve lost some guys but the positives are there are guys getting a lot of quality practice time and playing time in a lot of cases. But again, we’ll play the guys that give us the best chance to win.”
When did you realize you had something in Ryan Succop?
“We had something in that we chose to use a draft pick, number one. But pretty quickly when you saw his demeanor and the way he kicked it. Coach (Steve) Hoffman thought pretty early that there were a bunch of little things he could do to help him and he showed that he could take to coaching that way and has responded. I think the demeanor and it was pretty clear that this Mr. Irrelevant stuff he wasn’t affected by. He was here to try to win a job and show that he could be a quality kicker in the league or better.”
On Jamaal Charles potentially getting 1,000 yards?
“The 1,000-yard milestone is one that has been around for a long time. Obviously, as the season expanded and got longer I don’t think it’s quite where it was. But it’s still a milestone that has kind of stood the test of time. At least the teams that I’ve been around, that if you can rush as a team for a certain amount of yards you generally have a chance to be pretty competitive. But this is about winning number one and any of those milestones or individual standards that are set are more about feeling good when the season’s over.”
History would say to beat Denver you have to stop the run. Would you agree?