Q&A: Todd Haley On Training Camp Day 2


Following the Chiefs second day of training camp — first in pads — Kansas City head coach Todd Haley met with the media.  Here are the highlights:

On today being different:

“You have the OTA’s, and it’s not a lot different.  But you have the pads on and it’s a little longer practice and the fans definitely add to it.  I was definitely nervous and forgot to blow my whistle a few times.  You know, as an assistant coach you are not allowed to wear a whistle.  The head coach gets it.  That’s something I’ve got to get used to.”

If Bobby Engram will help with the younger players:

“That’s why we brought him here, but we expect him to be able to play.  But that was a big part of it.  I’ve known Bobby all the way back to 2001 and he seems genuinely excited to me.”

On Larry Johnson’s turnaround in attitude:

“As a coach, the way I’ve been taught is to go by what I see.  When I said clean slate for everybody I meant it.  Going by what I see I’m excited about the player.  It was nice to see him out there.”

Expectations for Mark Bradley:

“There’s no doubt Mark has ability and needs to just be a consistent player.  He’s had some ups and downs in his career to this point and had some injuries and nicks.  It’s not a one day you’re in and one day you’re out thing.  He’s got to show he can be out here every day and be the same guy every day.”

The team’s comfort level with Ryan Succop after releasing his only competition:

“I don’t know if I was necessarily comfortable.  The numbers have to come from somewhere to get all these rookies signed.  You may only have one field goal in a game in the pre-season.  This was the best direction to go right now.”

On Matt Cassel:

“Matt’s Matt. He’s this way every day.  He’s got great enthusiasm.  He’ll be standing by me and I’ve got to tell him to be quiet five or six times.”

Bobby Engram is the forgotten man on this defense to me.  Obviously Dwayne Bowe is the potential star, but after that people talk about the Chiefs receivers like they are question marks.  Engram is anything but.  If there’s one guy who I’ll trust to catch a pass on 3rd and 7, it’s Bobby Engram.  I have no doubt he will help Bowe to take that next step, especially when it comes to being a professional off the field, which is a big part of the package.

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