Training Camp Q&A: Todd Haley 8/17

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

On Saturday’s game after watching the tape:

“It’s always a case that with the tape it’s never quite as bad as you thought it was or when it’s good it’s never quite as good as you thought it was.  I thought there was some positive out there – specifically defense starting on the short field and keeping them out of the end zone for most of the night.  I thought on third down the defense was excellent other than that one drive.  I forget specifically what the percentage was – 18% or whatever it was – that’s generally pretty good.  So I thought defensively there were definitely some positives.  Offensively, again with the game plan and how we went into it, the turnovers are probably what had me down in the tank the most on the flight back up here.  We can’t make those kinds of mistakes and have a chance to win.”

On the wide receivers:

“I thought there were some positives.  Again, once you evaluate the tape you saw some terrific blocks out there, specifically #14 (Lawrence) I think you all noticed two plays in a row.  Now, there were some we missed that probably would have sprung big, big runs which we didn’t have in the game.  We never broke a run other than the quarterback.  Overall, I would say they were okay.  They made some plays in some difficult conditions which I thought was a positive.  Again, on offense we’ve got to be better.  We’ve got to start faster; we can’t turn the ball over and we need to improve this week.”

What does Ashley Lelie have left?

“We’ll see, but Ashley Lelie had a very good workout with us last week.  I think he’s healthy and he’s a little different than anything we have.  He’s a long, lean guy with some speed, with some potential top end speed.  I thought it was a chance to get somebody in here that’s a little different than what we had.”

On getting more production in the return game:

“Return game has got to improve and we’re going to change some guys up this week.  We’ve got some other guys getting a shot at it because we’ve got to find somebody who will take it up in there.  We had a couple blocked that had a chance for a big return, but if for a muffed catch or one thing or another it kept us from springing one.  We didn’t have any complicated returns by any means.  We had one return in the game plan but it still appeared we should have hit a couple.  Overall, I though the front line blocking was okay.  We just need to get the returners to catch the ball first and find the hole and get up the field.”

On Dwayne Bowe:

“We’re still a work in progress.  But like I said after the game, I was encouraged with what Dwayne did in the game.  There were some highlights and there were a couple of things that weren’t noticed that need to be better, specifically in the run game.  Like I said, we’re going to get it right but I thought that was a positive first step for him as it was the last couple of days of practice.  Today, I thought he had good energy and looked like he knew what he was doing.”

How much more difficult is it evaluating personnel in a pre-season game as opposed to practice?

“It just gives you more information.  Like I said last week, you see some guys that when the lights are on maybe cower a little bit and maybe you see some other guys that when the lights are on they all of a sudden show up, which I think was the case in the game.  It’s a huge part of the evaluation and I’m grateful we’ve got four of those games to do it.”

No coaches like to show too much this in the pre-season, but with a new quarterback and parts of your offense are you tempted at all to maybe bulk up the game plan these last three games to maybe build that confidence?

“I think there is always that temptation, but on a short week where we’re still actually installing offense and to go overboard on the game plan portion could get you in trouble.  You could just have information overload if nothing else and then you’re unable to evaluate the guys because a guy may not just be able to handle it mentally enough.  At the same time, we’ve got to learn how to win and we’ve got three more practice games to do it.  We’ve got figure out ways to get the ball in the end zone and keep them out of the end zone.”

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