Q: Have you guys discussed how much the starters will play Thursday given that you have 11 days off?
HALEY: “In general terms, but we’re going to do that this afternoon.”
Q: Everything okay with WR
HALEY: “As far as I know we’re in good shape. We’re doing a lot of different things with a lot of different guys right now so I wouldn’t read too much into anything.”
Q: Because QB
HALEY: “Adam, I think we’re going to discuss that more in-depth but I think it’s a fair statement that he’s missed a considerable amount of time that adds up pretty quick for a quarterback. I think snaps that he can get will be positive, that’s for sure.”
Q: When a quarterback isn’t playing during the regular season, how much does regular season practice benefit him? Can a backup quarterback get a lot better if he’s not playing during the season?
HALEY: “I guess it all depends on the quarterback. I’ve seen some guys that were pretty beat up that couldn’t do a whole lot but could still come out and execute on Sundays. It’s all part of the developmental process. He’s one of those guys that every rep that he’s out there for practice I’ve got to believe is a positive one for him, whether it’s running cards on the show team which I’ve seen really fine-tune guys in the past or executing our offense. I know he’s been paying attention, I know he’s been doing the mental side of it as best as he can, he’s a pretty diligent worker, appeared pretty focused and for the most part like I said yesterday, he hadn’t appeared too rusty. I think today down there in the Red Zone period or it might have been the period before the Red Zone, it was a third-down situation and he made a really nice throw out there to the boundary that’s not an everyday throw. I think he needs to get back into the swing fast and he understands that and he understands there’s competition on both ends and I know he’s trying to be the best he can be.”
Q: What do you like about S
HALEY: “Well I know you’re talking about him specifically but I think the group of guys is a unique group for a lot of different reasons. They’ve continued to kind of show through the latter part of the preseason. But with this kid, you can’t ignore some of the background stuff on Kendrick. Without getting into his personal life, to manage some of that Hurricane Katrina stuff and all the things that have kind of gone on, that’s a lot of people, but he’s a guy that survived a pretty difficult situation to continue to excel and make it to a division one program and so far make it in the NFL, but it appears he’s got the chance to be a good player. He’s tough-minded, he’s smart, he’s got real good football savvy, but again, I put that whole young group into that category and I think that’s what’s given them a chance to have some early success, all of them across the board, which will ultimately help the Kansas City Chiefs and our team.”
Q: What do you think of him as a player? He seems like he’s been on a pretty good rise? What does he do well?
HALEY: “I think he’s got a chance to be a complete safety. It looks like he’s got good football sense and feel and instincts. When you see a guy, I might have mentioned it before, but when the ball tends to come to defensive players, however it happens, it’s usually a pretty good sign. Sometimes it looks like it’s luck, sometimes it looks like it’s skill but when the ball consistently ends up going to a defensive player, that’s a good sign. To me there are a bunch of those guys that the ball likes to come to them and that’s a good thing. That’s where we are right now with 13 days. We’re getting close. We’re in that process of trying to get ready to play the regular season and our next big step is Thursday night.”
Q: How do you feel about your right tackle spot?
HALEY: “Like I said yesterday depth is always going to be an issue and that’s just the way it is at most places. Those types of players are difficult to find, particularly at the tackle position, right or left. I don’t think they’re just producing them off a conveyor belt. To be successful and continue to try to transition into being a good team, we need to do a lot of things right and one of those things is going to be staying healthy on a full-time basis because depth otherwise will start to become a problem. What I do feel good about is that a guy like T
Q: Are you any closer to figuring out those inside linebackers and who your guys are going to be?
HALEY: “Are we any closer? Well I hope that in all areas that evaluation process continues to go on. I think that the real good thing is there is excellent competition in there and none of those guys are shying away from the competition. That’s going to be a very good thing for them and for us because it’s just the way it works, when there is good competition and you’ve got competitive guys and you watch those guys compete, even today for instance, LB
Q: Are you any closer today to figuring out who those two starters in the middle will be than you were at the start of training camp?
HALEY: “We have more information, if that’s what you’re asking. We have more snaps, but fortunately we’re going to have more snaps because those guys are all fighting, they all want to play, it’s like a couple other spots. When that’s happening when you’re going into the last preseason game and guy’s are fighting like that, that’s a good sign for your team, it is a good sign. In the end somebody’s going to start, somebody’s not going to be able to start but generally in some of these real good competition spots, I think and I believe that most of those guys will end up being on our team and then they’ll have significant roles one way or another and be a part of us winning. We’re just in this; we’ve got two days until we play a really good Green Bay Packer team that can hurt you in a number of different ways and a number of different areas, both offensively, defensively and special teams. That’s our next step. All we’re trying to do is get a little better each day across the board and like I said yesterday, if we continue to do that, I think good things will begin, start and continue to happen.”
Q: You’ve talked a lot about the need for your special teams to win. We can see K
HALEY: “When the game the other night ended I don’t know whether I said it, I know I said it to a bunch of our coaches is that it looks like we’ve got a bunch of guys or a bunch more guys that look like they like to run down the field and hit people. When you have more competition at positions, specifically when you start talking about the linebacker position, the secondary position, tight end and running back position, those are good signs for your special teams because those are the guys that the majority of which are going to be contributing for you. Like I said, we’re a team trying to transition into a good team so I don’t think you’ve seen everybody that is going to have to be out there for us to make that transition. I’ve made it pretty clear to all the guys that there’s going to be frontline, second line, whoever we’ve got to put out there to win on that special teams unit we’re going to do. So you’re seeing a lot of guys practice but the encouraging thing is it looks like in the return game we’ve got at least a couple of guys that if you can block for a little bit you’ve got a chance to make a real good play for us. On the cover teams it appears that we have more guys that can and want to run down there like a ball of fire and hit people in the mouth and I think it really showed up the other night. It’s got to continue to show up and that’s a good thing because that area we have to be real good.”
Q: Are you any closer to figuring out who is going to start at center?
HALEY: “We have more information, more snaps but we’re going to get more and that’s a good thing for us. That’s another good, good competition. We’ve got at least a couple of guys that aren’t shying away from competition and competing their butts off and that’s a good thing for them and for us.”
Q: Are these competitions at inside linebacker and center better than what you expected them to be?
HALEY: “This LB