Following Chiefs practice today in Kansas City, Todd Haley met with the media. Here are the highlights:
On the new signs hanging around the Chiefs locker room:
“Just words that are important. They might have been signs that I’ve had at other places or thoughts that we came up with as a staff. I think you’ll see more and more, you might see some you won’t see others – just little reminders to the players to kind of keep them thinking in the direction we think they ought to be thinking.”
Is there any reason in particular for putting them up at this time?
“No, no. I’ve got a coach assigned to signage and posters and he’s just been slow. I won’t say who it is.”
You say it’s for the players, but the poster was tweeted to fans and the media to see? Is there a message in there to the community and fans to see?
“Not intended to be. There is paint on other walls and I don’t want to make any marks on this nice new building. That’s a cement wall and the other walls are plaster. To me that hallway, even though you guys are in it, is still a sacred hallway and I don’t think it’s any different than you guys videotaping a guy walking down the hall naked or in a towel. So, me personally I think that stuff is off-limits. You get to see it with your eyes because you come through this area but I don’t think it’s any different of taking a picture of something else in that hallway.”
So you’re saying that sign is something we should not report on?
“That’s just my feeling. I understood that the media could see some of those things. We’ve had posters in hallways where media was in other places that we’ve been that really hadn’t been talked about. You all can make of it what you want but that’s for us.”
You talk about winning quarters of the season. How important would it be to get to 2-2 in this quarter?
“That’s huge to us and that’s all we’re focused on and all we care about and that’s in an effort to stay in the present tense and not in the past or the future. It’s right now and that’s the way you play your best football and the way you coach your best football, not getting distracted. Our focus is on the Jacksonville Jaguars.”
Does playing in Jacksonville which is experiencing small crowds give you an advantage on the road? Do you coach it differently?
“The last time I was in Jacksonville my last year in Dallas it was a pretty raucous environment. They have good fans and, like I said, they are a good team. We had noise out here yesterday and we had it today and we’ll have it tomorrow. We’re preparing for a road game in the NFL. Games are tough enough to win let alone going on the road. We’ve got our work cut out for us but we’re doing everything we can as coaches to prepare for this team to go into Jacksonville.”
What’s your favorite coach’s quote that you’ve heard?
“The most recent to me is from Sam Rutigliano, who is a favorite coach of mine, who sent me a Winston Churchill quote which I thought was very apropos to me and I appreciate it very much. Winston Churchill said, ‘the way you endure that which you must endure is more important than the crisis itself.’ Coach Rutigliano is a great motivational speaker, awesome to be around, great coach. I’ve always had great fondness towards him and he’s always kind of looked after me. Right now, that’s my favorite one.”
Can you see a percentage of players on teams that are able to do that given the experience with teams you’ve been around?
“I don’t know if I can say percentage but we are making progress. There is not a doubt in my mind. There are individual players making progress and our team is making progress. We just now have to do it a little more on Sundays and then we’ll have success and that’ll create a little confidence.”