From the Truman Sports Complex
Boy, the room was pretty crowded Monday afternoon for Todd Haley’s weekly meeting with the media.
Lots of mini-cams, lots of sports talk types, lots of scribblers. We don’t normally see this kind of crowd for a 1-6 football team.
But then these Chiefs like to do things differently. Larry Johnson’s Twitter blast at Haley’s credentials to be a head coach was on everybody’s mind. So too, apparently were homophobic comments and tweets that have now been removed from Johnson’s Twitter.com account.
Haley had little to say about the situation, commenting only that the organization was looking into the situation. As much as the media tried, Johnson would not budge from his stance. The head coach handled himself very well in this situation, maybe better than he did in the first quarter of Sunday’s game when he called for a fourth-and-one play at his own 41-yard line.
This meeting with the media lasted 28 minutes, the longest of the season to date.
Here are the highlights:
On his background of getting into coaching without playing college or pro football.
I’m very proud of the route that I took to get to where I am right now. I’m very proud to grow up around one of the best football people there are, and to be around the team and players that I was around on a daily basis. I think that has given me great insight as I’ve progressed in the coaching field to know what good and great is supposed to look like.
“I think I’m here for a reason. I think I’ve earned what I’ve done in the NFL through hard work, through execution and results. I’m here to coach. I’m not here to play. That’s the bottom line.”
Would he be offended if someone questioned his coaching ability because of his background?
“Never. I would never be offended.”
On whether the Chiefs are making progress.
“The results don’t show it, but I believe we are making progress β¦ we obviously have a long way to go, but I’m encouraged with the direction the team is going when in week six or seven you can have your best week of practice. That’s usually in my experiences as a coach is a good sign.
“I’m not trying to sound like an idiot. We are 1-6, you are what you are. But at the same time I think there’s been progress made. There are more and more guys that are starting to get it and understand and it will only help us as we go forward.”
On whether he’s happy with the timing of the bye week coming his week.
“I was looking forward to the bye. The circumstances we are in as a team, most specifically offensively, we need the time. We need time without having to game plan or get ready for an opponent. We need to work on us.”
On whether the Chiefs inability to transfer a good practice week to the field of play on Sunday is a sign that this group of players has not yet become a team.
“That’s a sign that this is a process. I knew coming into this that there were a bunch of broke players, broke parts of the team that had to get fixed one way or another. That’s why this job was open. That’s I’ve gotten this phenomenal opportunity that I relish every day. A big part of my job is to try to fix it and that’s what I intend to do.”
Is he happy with the play calling he sees on the tape from Sunday’s game?
“No. Any time we lose I’m not happy with the play calling. I’m just like anybody else. There’s always things that you feel you could have done to be better. It’s something I have to learn from and understand the players that we have. As a coach and as a play caller, you have to understand what your players’ strengths are and what abilities they have and how you can best put those to use. If we lose the way we did yesterday β¦ I’m very disappointed with my performance.”