Training Camp Q&A: Todd Haley 8/7


(photo via David Eulitt)

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

On making guys run for fumbling, even though it was raining all day:

“We might have to win a game in those conditions that means a lot to this team.  Who knows what it is down the road?  They aren’t going to cancel a game, they aren’t going to cancel the season, we have got to protect the football no matter what the circumstances are and I think the running is just a reminder to let everybody know that it’s not okay.”

Is the defense ahead of the offense:

“I don’t know, I have to go tally it up.  That’s my biggest adjustment as a head coach, as an offensive coach when the offense won you were happy, when they didn’t you were sad.  Every day, every play, one or the other wins.  That’s a big adjustment for me because now it’s the whole team and even though the offense looked great on a play that probably means that the defense didn’t look so good, or vice versa.  That’s been a little adjustment for me.”

Are you glad that it gets a bit competitive?

“That’s the whole idea; we’ve got to have a competitive group of men out there every day.  The whole idea behind some of these competitive periods is to try to bring that out and that’s what we want now.  When it gets a little overboard we have to remind them that the competition is great, but we are still a team and that we are still doing this together.  It’s a balancing act, but yeah, everything we do is to compete whether it’s in the weight room or wherever we are at we are trying to create some competition.”

On being more hands off with the offense:

“I’ll be honest; it’s tough when you have been doing something for a long time.  At the same time I’m trying to study my backside off on the defensive side.  I’m the head coach I have to understand what’s going on every play on that side.  That’s why you see me standing behind the defense so much to try to force myself to pay attention all the time because if I’m not careful I lose focus to the other side.  That’s why you see me back there so much on the defensive side is for that reason to stay on top of that.”

Tomorrow’s schedule:

“In the morning we have a walk-through where we will polish a bunch of different areas, go over some of these situations that we have been practicing, a situational review.  Then in the afternoon we will have some special teams, but it will be a controlled scrimmage where we’ll go different groups against different groups throughout the whole thing.  Each group will get about 12 plays each time out there and we will move the field and create different situations for them.  It will be as close to the real thing while still being in practice.”

On Alfonso Boone:

“I think Boone’s doing okay.  I saw him on the ground a couple of times today, we can’t have that.  I think that he’s another guy that got himself in as good of shape as he’s been in in quite a while.  He’s paying attention and he’s staying disciplined.  Again, I know it sounds like I’m saying the same things, but I do think that most of these position are making progress.”

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