Following today’s Chiefs practice, Todd Haley met with the media. Here are the highlights:
For your evaluation process do you like the pre-season game or do you like having the guys out here on the practice field where you are a little more in control?
“No, I think you have to have the game. I think the game is very important to the evaluation process as is every day of practice. Like I’ve said, every day these guys are being evaluated and really every night how they are in the meetings. It’s a 24-hour evaluation but the game is a big part of that and will play a big part in how things turn out.”
On the new long snapper, Thomas Gafford:
“Again, Thomas (Gafford) was with us the whole off-season and when we released him we told him to stay in shape and the competition was open. It’s kind of like that (place) kicking deal I was talking about. Having to be at 80 (players) this year put a squeeze on some positions and those were the positions that got squeezed. It’s a chance to bring Thomas in with the pads and in a game situation and get a look at him.”
How much will the quarterbacks play Saturday?
“I would guess it would be in the quarter or quarter-and-a-half range for most of the guys.”
Is there a philosophy when you have a new quarterback, a new team and a new system that maybe you’d want to give him more reps in actual game settings to get used to his teammates?
“Again, you’re trying to evaluate all the guys and we’ve got four (quarterbacks) right now that we’re trying to evaluate. You try and get at least three of them in each game. Then whoever the odd man out is you hope you can get in the next one. There are a lot of factors that go into how long a guy plays, especially quarterback and what line you have in and what receivers. Matt is a guy who hasn’t played a lot . I’ve stated that. He’s played really 15 regular season games in the last seven years. All the seasoning those types of guys can get the better.”
First game, bright lights, I’m sure you’ve seen some guys who you think can play and then they walk on the field and it’s over.
“Seen it go both ways. I’ve seen some guys that when the lights go on they hit the deck and some other guys when the lights go on you say, ‘hey, this guy’s got something.’ I’ve seen it work both ways a number of times. Once you get out there, and it’s as close to the real thing you’re going to get here for the next three or four weeks, it’ll tell us a lot about the majority of these guys.”
Do you think the pre-season is too long?
“I think if you ask most coaches you’d like to have as many games as you can get. Now, the players are going to have a different answer. As far as I’m concerned, the more practice we can get the better.”