Haley: “We Get To Enjoy This For 24 Hours”

It was just after 7 o’clock Sunday night when Todd Haley was on the phone and speaking with the media as the head coach of the 2010 AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs.

“Today was a good day,” Haley said. “It was our primary goal, that gives you a chance to get into the mix and obviously once you are in there, you never know what can happen. Today that came to fruition. It’s good for everybody involved. This is a day to enjoy and feel good about ourselves.”

Haley was at home, trying to watch the San Diego-Cincinnati game but was having trouble getting more than a play or two before being interrupted by children, his five and a visiting niece.

“This is my family time and I got to see a couple plays,” Haley said. “My wife’s sister came to town with my niece and people were going crazy around the house. But when my phone started ringing I knew good things were happening.”

The good thing was the Bengals victory over the Chargers that clinched the division title, something that came a bit faster than even Haley would have predicted.  

“You set your expectations high and you work hard and you push people to their limits,” Haley said. “Through experience I have learned you can get things going at least in the right direction. For us to get to this spot this quick is really great. I can’t say it was necessarily expected, I knew were had a lot of work to do, and I don’t think we are there yet. When you do have success and good things happen, it speeds the process a little bit. We still have our issues and things that we have to continue to work on.

“I don’t think anything has changed for us as a team. We have to try to get better every day that will give us our best chance.”

How the Chiefs will approach a now meaningless game against the Raiders is something that Haley and his staff will discuss Monday morning. But don’t expect them to do anything but prepare to win the game. “With our team and what we are trying to get done, our goal is to get to three wins in the fourth quarter of the season,” Haley said. “We’ll get back to work and try to get that done.”

As far as the once banned “p” word – playoffs, Haley made it clear it wasn’t going to be a regular part of his vocabulary:

“You can say whatever you want, but I probably won’t say it a whole bunch.”

11 Responses to “Haley: “We Get To Enjoy This For 24 Hours””

  • December 26, 2010  - Dave71 says:

    Wonder what that Rin Tin Tin guy has to say now. What a Jackass.

  • December 26, 2010  - Mike says:

    Congraulations to Haley, his staff, and his team. What an outstanding job of starting to turn things around. Another great draft will position us to make a serious run for all the marbles.

  • December 26, 2010  - MEDennis34 says:

    AFC WEST CHAMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • December 26, 2010  - matt says:

    Mike.. Why wait… Lets make a run Now. Everyone is not expecting us to do anything.

  • December 26, 2010  - Jonathan says:

    Dave71 Rin has been on the KC Star website under the name of Hermstheman and Sit Down Or Else sprouting off his bitterness but we can all laugh now. AFC WEST CHAMPIONS!!!! Let’s keep it going by beating Oakland and whoever we get in our first home playoff game and take it from there. GO CHIEFS!!!!

  • December 27, 2010  - Chiefs Win Game & Division – They Rule The AFC West | Chiefs Football at BobGretz.com says:

    [...] SIDEBAR: Todd Haley enjoys the division title. [...]

  • December 27, 2010  - Milkman says:

    Who’s to say that we can’t be this years Arizona Cardinals from a few years back? Or even last years Jets? As they say- anything can happen once you get into the dance.

  • December 27, 2010  - Albert says:

    I’d be happy if the Chiefs beat the Jets in the playoffs and get the “not won a playoff game since 1993″ monkey off their back. Even if they stall in the divisional round on the road against Pittsburgh or New England they can sign Larry Fitzgerald in the off season, pull off a little more free agent wizardry with some lessor known but situationally productive players, draft a nose tackle prospect and a couple of reserve but developing offensive linemen, figure out if guys like Thomas Jones, Shaun Smith, Brodie Croyle have it to come back next year and then hope there’s a season in 2011. If there is the Chiefs are Super Bowl contenders.

  • December 27, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    please dont mention rin…god no!! but I agree

  • December 28, 2010  - Rick says:

    Bob this isn’t a meaningless game. We need the number 3 seed!!! Number 3 seed means not playing New England until later. It also hold an outside possibility of playing the AFC championship game at Arrowhead.

  • December 28, 2010  - BigJimInWisconsin says:

    I am so proud of our Chiefs! AFC WEST CHAMPION CHIEFS!

    This game against the Raiders is not meaningless. It the Raiders! We need to beat them so they don’t run the table in the West and because they are the Raiders.

    I am more confident in this team then the bad luck 13 win teams.

    Go CHIEFS!

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