Following Chiefs practice today in Kansas City, Todd Haley met with the media. Here are the highlights:
Has the process of putting together an offensive game plan become a little smoother than it was a few weeks ago?
“I would say we’re making progress. I think each week that we’re all together I feel like we’ve made progress, sometimes it’s shown sometimes it hasn’t. It’s always the same problems of game planning and trying to put your guys in the best possible position to succeed and then executing on Sunday. I would say that last week after a little slower start – even though we actually started fast and converted a third down fairly early – we never really quite got going. Then, as the game progressed I thought we got into a good rhythm and were able to have some success in some critical situations which told me we’re making progress.”
Should you be surprised that it’s taken the offense this long considering the changes you’ve made before the regular season?
“We knew it was a major change and there was going to be some pain involved with that change. Would I have liked it to hurry up? Yes, but we also added some people to the mix that have kind of helped the process and have had to deal with injuries like everybody else, and a suspension now. But I think we all kind of knew that it would be a pretty big deal. But the thought process was we’ll be ahead of it here once we get through it, and be further along as a team and as a staff.”
Coming back after a day off late in the week, do you still feel it was the right thing to do?
“We’ll see. We’ll know Sunday whether it was a good thing or a not so good thing. I thought the guys came in pretty focused. We talked a lot about that, that we had to make this work. But, for the most part, I was pretty happy with the way the guys moved around and focused.
“Even myself, even though I came in [on Thanksgiving] here and got some stuff done, you’re so used to your routine. But then, some teams had to play yesterday so we’ll see. We’ll have an idea after the weekend is up and maybe this becomes a tradition.”
It was important early in the season to determine who the best players were. At this point in the season do you feel like you’ve got a pretty good handle on who gives you the best chance to win?
“I think it’s a good question. Injuries have forced us on some players and on others we’ve sort of forced ourselves, I think it is important that we find out exactly what we have. When an Andy Studebaker is forced into action and is able to show some of the positive signs that’s a good thing. There are some other positions that we’re kind of thinking the same thing.”
At the end of the season do you evaluate it and see if you need an offensive coordinator?
“I don’t want to jump ahead here, but I would assume and I know that all areas will be looked at it and evaluated to see how we can get better.”