Q: Do you expect them to vary their game plan to go up against you guys or do you think they’re going to do what they do best?
HALEY: “They’re a game plan team. I’ve seen enough versatility or variables in the way they’ve done things in all areas, offense, defense and special teams for that to be clear, that they kind of have a plan for each team they play. That’s part of the deal, you have to come out and part of playing better than your opponent is figuring out fast how they’re trying to defend you, attack you and so forth.”
Q: Would you consider yourself a game plan team?
HALEY: “Absolutely. It’s been enough years but we might have some crossover lines in us but generally you’re a scheme – we do what we do team – or you’re a game plan team. You have your base scheme offensively and defensively and special but by saying you’re a game plan team, you’re going to make adjustments and have different looks and routes and defenses and pressure for each week that you play. It’s probably an overrated term but I’ve just always known that the way that I was brought up was a game plan coach, as most of the guys on this staff are.”
Q: Would you say that you’re more a game plan team defensively than you are offensively?
HALEY: “No, I think across the board. I see all the meetings so I’m able to be in all of them or visit and spend time where I choose but we’re game planning across the board, special teams included.”
Q: Is that a situation where you come up with your game plan for Houston, then how much time is spent sitting around the table saying ‘If we do this, they’re going to do this?’ How far down the chessboard do you go?
HALEY: “I don’t think you go too far. You definitely think that way. You have a plan, that’s part of your plan, we’re going to do this, this and this and then we’re going to do this, this and this. If they’re doing this, then we’re going to have to do this. That’s part of the deal. That’s why those Mondays and Tuesdays seem like they go on forever but then yet you never have enough time; you’re scrambling right up until Wednesday meetings. It’s one of those things.”
Q: Is it like some general said it, but people spend months putting a battle plan together and then it’s gone after five minutes on the battlefield.
HALEY: “You try not to end up being that way but if you have to, you have to so you better be able to adjust. That’s the number one thing I think with this great sport – the players that are able to adjust on the fly the quickest, because it’s never the same, and the coaches ultimately that are able to adjust the quickest I think generally have a real good chance at success if they have enough ability. That’s what makes the game great.”