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Tribal Warfare
09-21-2010, 10:29 PM
Haley hopes Chiefs can prolong sense of urgency (http://www.kansascity.com/2010/09/21/2241874/haley-hopes-chiefs-can-prolong.html)
By KENT BABB
The Kansas City Star

It’s unfamiliar territory, all this talk and swagger of being one of the NFL’s eight undefeated teams.

The Chiefs are hardly used to being 2-0, their hottest start in five seasons. But now a preseason of optimism and two weeks of triumph are behind them, and coach Todd Haley is trying to convince his team that this is a nice start and all, but that there’s much further to go.

“We’re 2-0 for a reason, because we’ve played better than our opponents in each game,” Haley said. “And I will continue to try to impress upon these guys of what it takes to continue to do that.”

Haley set a personal deadline for his own celebration, and it expired at 5 p.m. Monday. That was a solid and festive 24 hours after the Chiefs used defense and special teams to defeat the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon.

After that, Haley said, it was back to work.

“As soon as that ended yesterday and you felt that little bit of jubilation and sense of accomplishment,” Haley said, “there’s no bigger game than San Francisco coming this Sunday.

“That part of it is difficult.”

But some things are easier. Haley said that after victories, players are more willing to listen to their coaches and absorb their lessons. He said coaches see these times as opportunities to be more critical than usual.

“Their force field isn’t up quite the way it is when you’ve not had the success, and the sensitivity level gets high,” Haley said of players. “It’s a little more doable.”

That’s when coaches, at least in theory, can point out quarterback Matt Cassel’s shortcomings and hope for some noticeable improvement. They also can work with the defense and keep its rookie safeties, Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis, from looking so often like rookies. And it’s a time to fine-tune some things before a brutal stretch of the schedule begins, if not this Sunday then the week after the Chiefs’ open date, when the team goes on the road to play Indianapolis and then Houston.

It’ll be in these coming weeks that the Chiefs prove whether their fast start was a fluke or an early signal that a playoff appearance might come sooner instead of later.

There is, of course, plenty to work on, and Haley is repeating a strategy he used last year: breaking the season into four segments, which he calls the season’s “quarters.” The Chiefs are 2-0 in the first quarter, and Haley said the team’s goal is to win at least three games per quarter, because 12 wins is a strong indicator of a team’s path toward the postseason — another unfamiliar place. The Chiefs haven’t made the playoffs since 2006.

“Our primary goal,” Haley said. “To get into the playoffs so that we have a chance to play in big games for bigger games.”

For now, those hopes seem a long way off, even if they have at least drawn closer. The Chiefs have plenty to work on, and that’s why Haley said he hopes his players continue the breakneck pace and urgency they brought to practices, meetings and workouts the last two weeks.

During those two weeks, anyway, the Chiefs were determined and focused. They listened, persevered and performed.

Now everyone wants to know how long the Chiefs can keep this up. Haley said the team will help decide its fate with how it responds to these previous victories, and whether it remains hungry for more.

“That’s what our goal is for the week,” Haley said, “for each and every one of these days, for us to make a little progress, knowing that if we do that, good things will happen.”

Saccopoo
09-21-2010, 10:43 PM
Three games per quarter? With this roster and this quaterback?

That's some serious mother fucking optimism.

KCrockaholic
09-21-2010, 10:55 PM
This will be the most difficult game for us on the season thus far.

DaneMcCloud
09-21-2010, 10:59 PM
Three games per quarter? With this roster and this quaterback?

That's some serious mother fucking optimism.

With their upcoming schedule and IF they can work around the QB position, stranger things have happened in the NFL.

It doesn't mean they'll be a good team, much like the '95 Chiefs, but wins are wins.

BigRock
09-21-2010, 11:19 PM
Three games per quarter? With this roster and this quaterback?

That's some serious mother fucking optimism.

It's his goal for every season. It doesn't mean he actually thinks it'll happen this year.

Mr. Flopnuts
09-21-2010, 11:25 PM
I honestly think this team could win 10 games if they continue playing with this intensity. I mean, the schedule is pretty easy this year, and they're only going to get better. It's absolutely not out of the realm of possibility for this team to be 5-3 or even 6-2 at the halfway mark. That said, I'm also not dumb enough to think they couldn't be 3-5 at that point. They have to keep finding ways to win in the end like they have here of late. And it will be interesting to see how they respond after 2 incredibly difficult road games in Indy and Houston.

San Fran
Bye
@ Indy
@ Houston
Jax
Buff
@ Oakland

teedubya
09-22-2010, 12:08 AM
We may lose this week, but I guarantee we don't lose next week.

teedubya
09-22-2010, 12:08 AM
We go 4-2 or 3-3 in these games.

San Fran
Bye
@ Indy
@ Houston
Jax
Buff
@ Oakland

Hog Farmer
09-22-2010, 04:48 AM
Or 0-6

Rausch
09-22-2010, 04:58 AM
With their upcoming schedule and IF they can work around the QB position, stranger things have happened in the NFL.

It doesn't mean they'll be a good team, much like the '95 Chiefs, but wins are wins.

If somehow between luck and easy schedule we were able to sneak into the playoffs...wow....that's more than any fucking fan would have ever expectd.

Huge HUGE improvement...

LaChapelle
09-22-2010, 05:23 AM
He gave himself enough time off to knock up his wife again
the sound proofing hasn't been completed and the kids were scared shitless
I'M GOING TO FUCK THE EVER LIVING SHIT OUT OF YOU YOU CUNT

beach tribe
09-22-2010, 06:30 AM
With their upcoming schedule and IF they can work around the QB position, stranger things have happened in the NFL.

It doesn't mean they'll be a good team, much like the '95 Chiefs, but wins are wins.

C'mon dude.

Are you really comparing this team to the 95 Chiefs?

That team was missing a few offensive pieces, but.........it's really not even a comparison.

Not that I don't think this team could win 9 games.
But, then again, I said 8 before the season started.

beach tribe
09-22-2010, 06:36 AM
Hilarious. Before the season started, Dane would have called you the dumbest person alive to consider this an 8-8 team. We beat the The Chargers at home on Monday night, and the Browns, and now stranger things have happened than 12-4?LMAOLMAO:hmmm::hmmm:

King_Chief_Fan
09-22-2010, 08:12 AM
let's just don't pull a Denver........to end up at .500 after a 6-2 start was an epic failure...I wish them many more.

boogblaster
09-22-2010, 08:30 AM
id settle for 5-3 at the halfway mark