Haley: “We Are A Good Team”

From the Truman Sports Complex

The words finally came out of his mouth. After refusing to call his team “good” at any point during the team’s run to a 10-6 regular season record, Chiefs head coach Todd Haley is willing to use that word as they prepare for the first-round of the AFC playoffs.

“Each year starts fresh and you are defined by the experiences that you go through,” Haley said Thursday, after the Chiefs practice. “Each and every game we played in the regular season helped define us getting to this point and what we are right now.”

So right now, what is the definition of the 2010 Chiefs?

“I told the guys that we were a good team,” Haley said. “I think it’s hard to get into the NFL playoffs and not be a good team. There are 12 teams left. Now it’s win or you’ll define yourself a little quicker than you want too.

“We are a developing team, and that’s continuing. We are a good team.” 

Haley had been reluctant to characterize his team as good through the season because there were too times when they took a step backwards. They won three to start the season and then lost two in a row. They came back with two more wins, but then lost two more. A three-game winning streak ended with a thud there.

But when the team put together its 10 victory and won the AFC West title, it was time for Haley to acknowledge his team’s accomplishments.

Now, this inexperienced post-season team has to shift gears and do it quickly because it’s win or go home.

“I don’t think it decides the outcome of the game,” Haley said of his team’s lack of experience in the playoffs compared to Baltimore. “It still comes down to what happens in the game. It comes down to who plays best on Sunday, who responds in each situation the best and plays the best football.”

7 Responses to “Haley: “We Are A Good Team””

  • January 6, 2011  - el cid says:

    Traveling heard:

    Which Cassel will show up? He has been consistanly inconsistant.

    Are the Chief going into the playoff – just glad to be there or out to win games?

    If T. Jones gets turned loose, the Chiefs will win sunday. I say it makes sense, if Jones runs and runs well, Cassel will have time to pass and Charles will run crazy. Not sure what the answers are for the other questions.

  • January 6, 2011  - Niblick says:

    I think Casswll has been fairly consistent. I feel from the 2nd half of the Cleveland game through the Titans game, he had been very consistent. He didn’t have any really bad games until Oakland. I know he had some short spurts of bad play, but all QBs do. I don’t know what happened against Oakland. The offensive line was horrible as was Cassell. I think both he and the offensive line will play better this Sunday. Hopefully we can get a win.

  • January 6, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    You are what your record says you are.

    That’s normally used as a pejorative. But, it also applies to teams with 10 wins.

    The Chiefs record says they are a good team. And, they are.

    Being a good team includes the make-up of the coaching staff. The Chiefs have an exceptional coaching staff. They turned the Chiefs into a good team because the players bought in 100%.

  • January 6, 2011  - Edward says:

    Cassel has had an exceptional season. He struggled in last game due to pass protection. I think if that improves and we can have some positive runs offense should be fine Sunday. I definately think this team is hungry to win this game which led to them sleep walking last Sunday either way happy how the season turned out it certainly beats going 2-14 or 4-12. Think will find away to get this game at home with the 12th Man in full effect Chiefs Will!!!

  • January 6, 2011  - cupp says:

    First Bob admits he’s wrong and now Haley says the Chiefs are good? wtf?
    I guess it’s safe to assume the devil is building a snowman.

  • January 6, 2011  - Keith says:

    It’s not a question of which Cassel will show up. Rather, it’s a question of which offensive line will show up.

  • January 7, 2011  - Justin says:

    Cupp, nice one.

    Keith, I think you are a lot closer to the truth. the line goes from looking stellar to getting manhandled.

    Cid, I hear that a lot here in Chicago – The Chiefs are game fodder as they are just happy to be in the playoffs. It would be nice to silence those yappers.


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