Haley’s Keys To Winning – San Francisco

From Arrowhead Stadium

Todd Haley was very clear in what he felt his team must do to win each weekend of the 2010 season. Here’s what he said:

“I know that we’re going to be a team that has to protect the football; this is not going to change. We’re going to have to protect the football at all costs, we will not be able to turn the ball over and win games right now. We are going to have to stop the run on defense. We’re going to have to win on special teams and that’s going to mean scoring points, more often or not, or putting our team in a position to score points. We’re going to have to cover on special teams and not allow big plays and on defense we’re probably going to have to create some turnovers – at least one or two a game. That’s what we have to do and that’s what we’re working hard to do every game.”

#1 – “WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TURN THE BALL OVER.”

Once again, the Chiefs did turn the ball over with the interception by QB Matt Cassel. But that was it, and the defense got one back with CB Brandon Flowers second interception in two weeks. They didn’t win the turnover battle. They tied. OUTCOME: Failure.

#2 – “WE HAVE TO STOP THE RUN ON DEFENSE.”

It’s pretty darn hard to imagine a better performance against a more talented back than the Chiefs holding Frank Gore to 43 yards on 15 carries. OUTCOME: Successful.#3 – “WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO WIN ON SPECIAL TEAMS.”

It was a fairly quiet afternoon in the kicking game as the Chiefs did not get the kind of field position plays they’ve had the last few weeks. But they gave up nothing to the Niners in the kicking game. OUTCOME: Successful.

#4 – “WE CAN’T ALLOW BIG PLAYS ON DEFENSE.”

Our definition of a big play is one for considerable yardage that ends up in the end zone. The defense gave up pass completions of 41 and 31 yards, but they did not allow those two plays into the end zone. They did not allow WR Michael Crabtree and TE Vernon Davis any big plays at all. The longest completion between those two weapons was 22 yards. OUTCOME: Successful.

#5 – “WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO CREATE SOME TURNOVERS – AT LEAST ONE OR TWO A GAME.”

They got their one turnover as Flowers continues his excellent play this season. OUTCOME: Successful.

The Chiefs blowout victory came on being successful in four of the five areas that Haley outlined, and even their failure could be called a push. Any time they hit on four categories, expect them to win.


5 Responses to “Haley’s Keys To Winning – San Francisco”

  • September 27, 2010  - johnfromfairfax says:

    While we experienced success with our game plan, Jimmy Raye not so much. After they took the defending SB champs to the wire the week before he became the first casualty for the lack of 49er success. He’s been coaching for 30 plus years in the NFL but paid the price. Expect more dominoes to fall. I’ve heard Marty Schottenheimer say often that the NFL is a production driven business. If you don’t show it you won’t be around long. Go Chiefs!


  • September 27, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    I was impressed with the 49ers against the saints, offense looked good. I dont know if the O.C. was the problem, sure there are more, and an average at best qb doesnt help. but i dont care!! go chiefs!!


  • September 28, 2010  - TX_ChiefAN says:

    Off subject here…but. Did anyone else recognize the diapearance of DJ in this game? He seemed a little flat footed a couple of times and wasn’t flying to the ball like the first two.


  • September 28, 2010  - dan in joplin says:

    Ya tex noticed DJ, I’ve been hoping he got out of his “yo-yo” ways!


  • September 29, 2010  - RickyP says:

    DJ played a significant role in Vernon Davis being held in check. DJ has always been accomplished in his coverage skills. Though he did not record the high tackle statistics as the previous games, he did contribute to the success of the defense IMO.




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