Q: Are you kind of in a hurry to get to Sunday to see how good this team is going to be, a road game against a good team, you’re 3-0 and not really sneaking up on the Colts. Do you just want to see how good this team is?
HALEY: “I’ve worked real hard at not looking at any game like that and will continue to do that here as we’re in this building process. To me what it’s all about is that we were better this Thursday than we were last Thursday and a little better than yesterday. I’m happy for all the time we have, I’ve said that a number of times, but I really do mean it, if we could slow down time that would be good because we are far from accomplished. We’re working to try to become a good team and that takes time, so I’ll take all the time we can get, especially when you start talking about a team like the Colts that like I said yesterday, has won 101 regular season games going back from this day to eight years ago, nine playoff games and Super Bowl appearances. You’re really talking about apples and oranges between the two teams and we’re just trying to get better so that we can go out there Sunday into their place and be competitive.”
Q: You said you have to work at not thinking that way. Is there sort of an itch that says you’d like to see but you have to stay on point?
HALEY: “No, I don’t think any itch that’s not there all the time. I think like I’ve talked about some, human nature is human nature. I think in this situation that we’re in, you’ve got to fight human nature – mine, the other coaches and all the players because it’s easy to get caught up in something you’re not. That’s what we’re focused on, trying to be something, and we are working really hard at that task.”
Q: You said yesterday and today that you just want to go in there and be competitive. What do you mean by be competitive and why don’t you want to go in there and win?
HALEY: “Because if we’re not competitive we’ll have no chance to win the game. Like I said, this is a team that’s won, going into this year, 99 regular season games in the last eight years. I don’t know what our total is but I know what it is over the last two and the last three I’m pretty aware of. We’re trying to move forward every day so that we can, at some point, be considered a good team. We’re not right now, we’re just not there and that’s just the way it is, that’s life. This team that we’re playing is a good team, in my estimation they’re a great team. I think I’m just trying to be realistic I think above anything else?”
Q: If you’re not a good team what do you consider yourself right now?
HALEY: “A team in transition. We’re transitioning from a not-so-good team to a trying-to-become a good team and I’m hoping that happens sooner rather than later. That’s the bottom line for me as the head coach and where we are.”
Q: When will you know if and when you’ve made that transition?
HALEY: “I would think that there’d be an ‘X’ or one of those symbols they put next to your team name down the road.”
Q: Made the playoffs?
HALEY: “The good teams have those next their team names instead of the other one that means ‘has no chance.’”
Q: You talked about counting snaps for the guys. Are there certain guys you’re a little bit disappointed that after three games that you haven’t gotten them enough work?
HALEY: “I don’t know that disappointed is the word, Adam. I think we’ve had good results. I feel good about the things we’ve done in the games and the way we’ve done them. We’ve had some difficult weeks scheduling-wise to deal with and some different things along the way, the bye week falling where it did those kinds of things. So I’m not disappointed at all. I feel very good about what we’ve done to this point. I just think to continue to try to become a good team, from various reasons, we’re going to have to get guys reps. Right now there’s too many one-or-the-others in my opinion. There are too many RB Jackie Battles who have 67 plays but 63 of them are on special teams and too many, say CB
Q: It seems like you’re saying now that you might need to get
HALEY: “Well, I just think you have to…excuse me. I sound like Peter Brady or Bobby Brady, who was the one who squeaked? Was it Bobby? Right before that continued Hawaii vacation Brady Bunch that we waited so long for the next one, part two. [Babb: You’re not helping yourself Todd.] [Fescoe: Was that your favorite TV show growing up?] Well, when there were only four TV shows, you’re too young probably to remember that – when you only had four channels and three of them were news, yeah you watched UltraMan, The Brady Bunch and whatever you could get your hands on. There wasn’t anything to watch besides listening to KDKA and the Pirates, the Penguins and the Steelers.
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Q: As you evaluated the team during the bye week, did you find that what you did in camp played a role in toughening this team?
HALEY: “I don’t know. I am all for that but I have always been about training camp feeling like training camp. That is just from growing up, being around it and watching it go on as well as being in training camps or spring trainings from teams that I have been on. I just like that. We have been a pretty tough minded team here but how much you give credit to that, how much you give credit to surviving last year in difficult times, how much you give credit to our off-season program, I don’t know. It is the sum of all the things we have done to this point and like I said, we are not there yet. We have a lot of work to do but I like that, I know that I have been on teams where we have had training camp up in Flagstaff (Arizona) where you are at 8,000 feet elevation, but the temperature is always 72 degrees and we made it to the Super Bowl before. I have been to Oxnard (California) with Dallas where the temperature is 75 degrees every day and a little mist comes in every day and doesn’t leave until 1 p.m. It was a pleasant temperature. I prefer it, I like it. I really enjoyed camp and I like extreme. If it is going to be hot, give me 110. If it is going to be cold, give me a blizzard. That is just the way I am.”
Q: Does being 3-0 change your view in this transition or what you think could be possible this season?
HALEY: “No, it really doesn’t other than that I am happy that we have been able to see some positive reinforcement. That is very critical to success and the thing I was so worried about last year was, I knew the guys we making progress, I knew they were listening, I knew they doing what we were asking them to do a lot of the time, but we were finding ways to lose games. Things were going wrong at the end and we weren’t making that one play. You can only keep talking about it for so long but eventually they need to see some results and they need to see that reward in order to build and feed off of that and start to say, ‘I knew this was right, but now I am seeing it is right.’ I think we have a lot of believers and I think winning the first three out of this quarter has not hurt that at all which is a good thing.”