Training Camp Q&A: Todd Haley 8/10


In between today’s two Chiefs training camp practices, Todd Haley met with the media.  Here are the highlights:

Did you get frustrated with some guys knowing their responsibilities?

“Yeah, I was definitely frustrated.  I didn’t think you guys would notice.  The situation is again what I’ve said: I want a mentally and physically tough team that’s smart, specifically situation smart and the game these days is almost all situations.  You’re either coming out (of the endzone), you’re in the Red Zone, it’s two-minute (situation), it’s the end of the half, it’s short yardage, it’s goal line, it’s four-minute.  The game is made up of a lot of situations.  In order to be a smart team you have to know what’s going on, you have to understand the situation and you almost have to do it without coaching.  So today was a lot less coaching to see what they know.  There were a handful of them that it was clear to me that had not studied and stayed up on the situation.  So, yeah, I was upset about that.”

On the linebackers:

“I think we’ve got some guys that can run and hit.  A couple of these young free agents, even this (Jovan) Belcher, Pierre Walters, they look like they can run and hit.  Looks like they should be good special teams players.  The corps of your special teams has to come from your linebacker position especially when you’re running a three-four (defense) and you have more of those on your roster.  I’m encouraged there.  I’d like to have all our guys back obviously.  We had Vrabel back today, so I think we’ve got a chance to be okay.  Corey Mays is another guy that has kind of surprised me every day – a guy that was brought in initially to be a core special teamer that looks like he could help us at linebacker.  I’m encouraged overall by the linebackers.”

On Corey Mays:

“He works hard, he’s very physical.  He’s smart.  When he’s out there he runs the defense.  He runs a tight huddle, a tight ship.  He’s not afraid to get on the guys and get them organized and get them lined up and be where they have to be.  Then, he runs and hits and I like guys who run and hit.”

One of the moments was when you went to run that field goal at the end of the clock and you didn’t have your long snapper out there?

“I’d say that’s a problem.  If you’re kicking a field goal, as important as any team out there, you must have 11 on the field and one of those should be a snapper and one should be a kicker for sure.”

On Dwayne Bowe working with the second team:

“Again, I’ve touched on this.  There is no spot taken right now.  We’re going to do everything we can to find players that do it our way and each day it may change.  We’re going to find guys that do it our way and who we feel give us the best chance to win.”

It might be super dry, but how about Todd Haley’s sense of humor?  Yes, coach, I would say it’s important to have the snapper and kicker out there for a field goal.  Well played.

Bowe slotting in with the second team is interesting.  Once again, it seems like an attempt to legitimize Haley’s “open competition” policy.  Though similar to the quarterback position, I don’t see how anyone currently on the roster can push him out of the top spot.

Great to see a couple of UDFAs in Walters and Belcher getting some love from Haley.  I’ve been signing Walters’ tune for a while now and Belcher has a fan in Bob Gretz.  Now they both have a fan in the most important person.

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