Chiefs-Bills Weekend Tidbits

Lately, Todd Haley has been talking a lot about complementary football. The Chiefs head coach says the ability of the offense, defense and special teams to play together will decide the success of the season.

Here’s an example of what he’s talking about:

Among NFL teams the average is 26 points given up after they’ve turned the ball over to their opponent. The Chiefs have four giveaways this season, but those have not led to any points for their opponents. The Chiefs have used their eight takeaways (like Eric Berry’s interception left) to produce 48 points.

“Points off of turnovers is a key stat in winning and losing,” head coach Todd Haley said.

Here’s what opponents got done with the Chiefs three interceptions and one fumble lost:  

  • Cleveland interception of QB Matt Cassel – Browns offense went three plays and out for three yards.
  • Cleveland interception of Cassel – Browns offense went three plays and the Browns tried and missed a field goal.
  • San Francisco interception of Cassel – 49ers got six yards on three plays before the Chiefs intercepted a pass by QB Alex Smith.
  • Indianapolis recovered RB Jamaal Charles fumble – Colts had four plays for 28 yards before turning the ball over on downs.

“I think that right now the top 11 teams are 20 or more games over .500, it might be top 11 in turnover differential might be 26 games over .500. That’s exactly what it is because the rest of the league from 11 down in minus 26. So,

“If you can score off of the turnovers your defense creates and basically not turn the ball over is the secret. That’s what we’ve talked about from day one last year, run the ball efficiently, stop the run and don’t turn the ball over and you’ll have a chance to be in most games.


It’s been a tough week for offensive coordinator Charlie Weis with the tragedy at Notre Dame involving the death of videographer Declan Sullivan. He died on Wednesday when a strong wind in South Bend, Indiana blew over the portable lift he was in.

“It’s an awful tragedy,” Weis said. “The kid worked for us for two years. I know that my family we’ve been a little bit in the tank about this for a couple days now. Obviously the Weis family’s thoughts and prayers are both with Declan’s family and the whole Notre Dame family.”

Weis also gave a rather cryptic update on his personal health. It’s been just over a month now when he had a procedure to remove his gall bladder a day after the Chiefs victory over San Francisco.

“Charlie’s doing fine,” Weis said. “I like it here in Kansas City. I like it here with the Chiefs. My family likes it here. Things have gone well and we just keep plugging along.”


Haley on what adding Weis to his coaching staff has brought his offense:

“We’ve been able to pick up where we left off from last year, that was a big, big item that we couldn’t go back and change again, not for our sake, but more importantly for the players’ sake – any of the players that have carried over. That was critical. It could not change, we had to just continue to build and that’s probably the biggest variable that I could pinpoint with Charlie.”


Rookie WR Verran Tucker had quite an NFL introduction last Sunday. He was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday, replacing another rookie Jeremy Horne. Come the game against Jacksonville, Tucker got on the field for 20 snaps on special teams and in the offense.

Turns out, Haley had his eye on Tucker long before last Sunday’s game.

“I’ve been kind of quietly excited about him from a week or so into camp,” Haley said of Tucker. “He’s got some unique skills that are not coachable.”

Each week Haley asks special teams coach Steve Hoffman for a list of five players who can help him the most in the kicking game. When Tucker turned up on that list, Haley decided it was time the University of California product got his chance.

“He’s working harder and harder each and every day and making progress each and every day and it was clear you could see the progress, first on special teams and then also on offense,” Haley said. “What I don’t want to do is take somebody to the game that we’re not going to use. We need guys contributing and he’s doing it a little bit in both areas but he’s got some skill as a receiver. I’ve been kind of quietly excited about him from a week or so into camp. He’s got some unique skills that are not coachable.”

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