Todd Haley Postgame Comments

Posted Nov 13, 2011

On today’s veterans’ recognition: “First and foremost, it’s a very important day for our country and I just thought our stadium operations and military and everybody involved did a terrific job and that’s what’s most important. In this country those are the men and women that give us the opportunity to come out here on a Sunday and watch, play and coach football. I do want to recognize the men and women who put their lives on the line for us to be able to enjoy this great country.”

On the game: “There’s not a lot to say here. We did not play very good in any aspect of the game. We were unable to stop the run. Give the Denver Broncos and Coach Fox and his staff a bunch of credit. I thought they had a terrific plan and it just took us too long to figure out how to get the run stopped, whoever was running it, whether it was the quarterback, or the backs, or the receivers, we knew it was going to be a great challenge and didn’t do a good enough job there stopping the ball offensively; too many things that keep you from being in the game, too many things that keep you from moving the football and scoring enough points to win, whether it’s dropped balls, protection, execution, all those things. We wanted to come out and play sharp offensively, especially early in the game, and there were just too many negatives to put us in a position to succeed. It was not a good day. We’re 0-1 in this quarter of the season, that’s the bottom line. A lot of people will assume the world has ended for our team, that the season has ended, but we’re 0-1. Like I said, it’s a four-horse race. The season’s going to continue on and we’re in a position where if we can come out and play better football, we will be right in this as we are right now. The bottom line for us is getting ourselves ready to go for this week; it will be a big, big game for us, going on the road to New England. We’ve got to play better football and get back to 1-1. I know our guys aren’t feeling sorry for themselves; they’re upset, angry that the result wasn’t better for us, but at the same time they’ve been through some adversity and how you handle these situations really tells you a lot about what you’re going to be and where you’re going to go. I’ve got a great deal of faith in our guys and they will bounce back.”

On replacing QB Matt Cassel with Tyler Palko late in the fourth quarter: “He was beat up there at the end; he was unable to go physically. We’ll have to see as the week goes on, but it was physical in nature.”

Did Matt Cassel have a chance out there with the way the Broncos defense was playing against the Chiefs offensive line? “Without seeing the tape, I refrain from isolating what exactly happened. As you watched and saw the game, there were a number of things in all areas that kept us from being more productive offensively. I thought we showed flashes, but whether it was sacks, dropped balls, I don’t think anybody’s free of accountability. I know all those guys are upset and angry with the result but they have great resolve to bounce back and be better, but it’s going to take everybody.”

On the Broncos offensive play selection: “I don’t know the exact statistics, but I know the ball wasn’t thrown a whole bunch, yet when they did they were effective enough on one play to stop what little momentum we had and had the game kind of going in a better direction and it cost us. So, they threw it enough. They sure ran it well and we knew that was going to be a great challenge. We had a Plan A, B, and C on how we were going to try to stop the run because it is a numbers issues. No plans ended up working quite the way we needed them to.”

On the role of the Chiefs defense during Denver’s second pass completion, resulting in a touchdown: “It was a little bit of everybody. It was a zone coverage, so it was a little bit of everybody. It wasn’t just Branden [Albert], it wasn’t just Reshard [Langford], it was everybody in that particular play. We needed to do a better job.”

On the team’s preparation these last two weeks and its effect on long stretches: “We can’t worry about stretches. We have to worry about one game at a time. There’s been times this season when if you put too much stock in some of the things that we’ve done you might say there’s no chance. We’ve seen enough positives out of each and every area of our team….The key word is team. These guys have had their backs against the wall. I don’t think that they’re going to decide to give in at this point. All through practice this last week our guys understood how we’re capable of playing, we just haven’t done it the last two weeks. So we all have to do a better job. It starts with me and our staff. We need to do a better job of playing on Sundays. It doesn’t matter how you look, how the practices go, how encouraged you are, you have to go out and do it on Sunday, and we haven’t done it the last two weeks now. The good thing is I know we can and we’ve done it against quality opponents and we’ve got some quality opponents coming. We have to go out and do everything possible to be ready to play much better than we did today. If we do that I believe we will be able to get back to 1-1. It’s a four-game season and we’re 0-1.”

On having a longer week to prepare for New England: “It gives you additional time to get guys healthy; we had a number of guys that came off, struggled off the field. That was a physical game across the board. It gives you time to get healthy, it gives you time to make sure you understand the game plan. The good thing is, we were able to handle that longer week earlier in the season a few weeks ago and I think our guys will understand what we need to do to get ready to go up there and play a lot better.”

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