Kudos From The Coach … Thursday Cup O’Chiefs

More than likely it’s something he acquired from his time working for Bill Parcells. When it comes to verbal bouquets for his players, Chiefs head coach Todd Haley throws them around like manhole covers.

Its part of the mentality that believes pumping up a player does nothing but pump up his ego and that makes it that much harder to coach him because the player thinks he’s somehow “made it”. Uncomfortable is generally what NFL head coaches want the bulk of their players to feel on a 24/7 basis.

So it was an interesting moment the other day when Haley met with the media horde for a wrap-up chat on the loss to Baltimore and the 2010 season. His comments on the Chiefs season stayed on point through most of the session, as he talked in big picture views of how the team had improved from 4-12 to 10-6 and a division title.

But then Haley was asked if there were any specific player that made great progress and really stood out in the just completed season.

“There are just so many,” Haley said. “The coaches did such a great job of turning some unknowns to knowns. When you go into the draft and into the off-season you want to say ‘we would like to take care of this, this and this’ but you just can’t do it. That is why the development of players becomes so paramount to your success as a team.”

Normally, this is where Haley would head off in another direction, changing the subject without mentioning specific players. But this time, he named names.

“I could down the line, I don’t want to offend anybody, but Brandon Carr made such huge progress. Derrick Johnson made such huge progress. Glenn Dorsey made huge progress. Ron Edwards is a guy that has been in the league a long time and made progress for us and was a big factor in us having success.

“Tamba Hali went from not a lot of people thinking this was a defense he could have success in, to being a big part of us playing pretty good defense for the majority of the year.”

Among those names, the surprise to most fans would be the inclusion of Edwards. The 31-year old, 10-year veteran seldom draws attention to himself or his play and his numbers were nothing record-breaking as he finished as the team’s 15th leading tackler with 22 total tackles and two sacks. But the Chiefs defense did not give up a lot of the big yardage runs that were seen regularly during the ’09 season. In that year, they finished No. 31 in rushing defense. This year, they improved to No. 14.

Haley wasn’t done.

“I don’t want to leave guys out but Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles, Matt Cassel, Branden Albert, Barry Richardson, even some of the new guys that we brought in through free agency developed,” Haley said.

“I saw Casey Wiegmann continue to get better week in and week out which is amazing. He is an amazing player and an amazing person.

“I give credit to the players for their sacrifice, their work ethic, their desire to be part of this and credit to the coaches for developing our roster. Now the thing is that is has to continue.”

Haley did likely miss a few names, but it’s also interesting some of the names he didn’t mention. First, leave out the ’10 draft picks and the free agent signed because he was asked about players who developed the most from ’09 to last season.

Names not mentioned included DE Tyson Jackson, OLB Mike Vrabel, ILB Jovan Belcher, FS Jon McGraw, CB Brandon Flowers, S Donald Washington, LB Andy Studebaker, LB Corey Mays, LB Demorrio Williams, DE Wallace Gilberry, FBs Mike Cox and Tim Castille, WR Quinten Lawrence, TEs Leonard Pope and Jake O’Connell, C Rudy Niswanger, OT Ryan O’Callaghan and WR Chris Chambers.

Some of those names were forgotten in the moment. Others were not mentioned for a reason – they didn’t improve. Figure Flowers and Gilberry as being forgotten, the others less so.

Haley always preaches the mantra that it’s development of second, third, fourth, even fifth year players that improves a team’s talent level. As the players head into the off-season, those names are not hard to pinpoint – Jackson, Belcher, Washington, Studebaker, Gilberry, along with second-year players like WR Verran Tucker, G Jon Asamoah, TE Tony Moeaki, WR Dexter McCluster, LB Cory Greenwood, CB Javier Arenas and Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis at safety.


  • BRONCOS – interviewed Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter for their head coaching position.
  • BROWNS – will name Pat Shurmur their new head coach on Friday. Shurmur was the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams.
  • JETS – placed starting RT Damien Woody on the injured-reserve list (Achilles); signed WR Patrick Turner off their practice squad.

17 Responses to “Kudos From The Coach … Thursday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • January 13, 2011  - Rick says:

    “Tamba Hali went from not a lot of people thinking this was a defense he could have success in, to being a big part of us playing pretty good defense for the majority of the year.”

    Wait, what? No way, Haley doesn’t like Tamba. :)

  • January 13, 2011  - Chuck says:

    BOB; It would be interesting to hear your take on who you think might be cut between now and next years season. Here are a few names that I would NOT KEEP: Mcgraw, Vrabel, Chambers, possibly look at who is going to be our CENTER of the future, Jones,(sorry about this one, but the last few games he just seemed to mail it in). Possibly Cox too. Also the OL has to be “more scrutanized” as the last 2 games Cassel had to “run for his life”. Come on now, you experts, 9 for 18 and a QB Rating of 20???? Give me a break!!!!!

  • January 13, 2011  - el cid says:

    Cannot mention everyone, even if some forgotten. Depending on coaches choices more may step up in 2011.

    Rick, had senior moment, completely forgot “franchise tag” is available for Hali. I still question signing DJ over Hali but give Haley what he wants.

  • January 13, 2011  - Husteak says:


    This is the second most secure website that I visit. My BANK being the first. Is this necessary? Log in EVERY WEEK???? Really??
    Can you please make the login credentials last longer than a week?

  • January 13, 2011  - el cid says:

    Husteak, think it is your computer. Mind seem to know me, but not a computer type, so probably wrong as usual.

  • January 13, 2011  - Rick says:

    I don’t have that problem.

  • January 13, 2011  - Jimbo says:

    Coach Haley is not as predictable as the press would indicate. Bob included. There are many doubters lingering on every word Haley says. It is not difficult for me to understand why he is always hesitant to say anything of substance to the press. I know it is their job or they think it is, to interpret the meaning or intention of every noun that he utters.

    I understand we all have our routines. During the week we try and go to bed and wake up at the same time or we stop at our favorite drive thru for the identical cup of coffee and sausage biscuit. Then we throw a wrench into our routines by sleeping in or having hot chocolate and jelly donuts.

    Haley makes no apologies for his actions or verbage. As he should. If he wants to brag on somebody… then for Christs sake let him. Why does the press have to make such a big deal out of everything he says. My interpretation of Haley is simple. He works hard every day and that is what he expects from those that get paid to do too. He practices what he preaches with his no nonsense approach. Mamby pamby cry babies need not apply nor will be tolerated around him. His way or the highway. I like it, I like it alot. The 2010 Chiefs are a great example of how effective his approach and personality really are.

    The end of this season was brutal for many of us. Not so much the loss to the Ravens but the “way” we lost to the Ravens… that really stung and still does. Regardless of who or what to blame for the last couple of games we can all look forward to having a coach we can count on (maybe even with a certain amount of predictability). If anyone can make pros out of mortal men, it is him. He may not be the most popular man as he steps into the locker room, nor maybe even the smartest, but I’ll bet he is the most respected and revered in that room.

    Love him or hate him. Praise him or piss on him. I believe he is the right man to lead the Chiefs and all their fans to a place we haven’t been to since January 1970.
    Go Chiefs.

  • January 13, 2011  - PAChiefsFan says:

    Bob, wanted to get your thoughts on a question. I asked it earlier in the season but with all the questions you get I know its easy to miss one. With the talk of a lock out looming again and arriving at a CBA in a reasonable timeframe in question, how do you think if will affect a team like the Chiefs? While a lost season or a shortened season will not benefit any team do you think the effect on a young growing team like the Chiefs will be a little, a lot, or not at all?

  • January 13, 2011  - Devin says:

    Jimbo, well said.

  • January 13, 2011  - Flyboy26 says:

    Jimbo, very well said. You took the words right out of my mouth. It’s so sad that we can’t get writers and other media to listen and take heed.

  • January 13, 2011  - Nate says:

    Jimbo Let me add my amen! You nailed it!

  • January 13, 2011  - Rick says:

    I noticed in the Star, that Coach Haley has won the 101 AFC Coach of the Year award. Congrats Todd.

  • January 13, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Jimbo speaks for many in Chiefs Nation. I’m not quite sure what the half empty crowd expect in one year’s time. We just had 101 “experts” agree our coach did the best job of any coach in the NFL. I say not bad and that should earn the organization time to see if they can keep moving it forward. Time will tell but I’m a believer and hope for company on the bus. Go Chiefs!

  • January 13, 2011  - Edward says:

    Preach Jimbo!!!! Preach!!!!

  • January 13, 2011  - Jerry says:

    Jimbo ditto’s !!!!!!!!
    Haley has a plan and is sticking with it. Good for him. Congrats Todd!!!!

  • January 13, 2011  - Dennis says:

    I’m with ya Jimbo.

    Kudos to Pioli for hiring Haley. Guess he might know a good coach when he sees one?

  • January 16, 2011  - bleifer says:

    You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

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