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Old 06-07-2009, 12:58 PM  
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Q&A with TODD HALEY - 6/7

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Q&A with TODD HALEY - 6/7
Jun 07, 2009, 1:00:26 PM

MINI-CAMP

TODD HALEY: We concluded our mandatory mini-camp today. I thought we made very good progress as a team. We were able to get a lot of installation in. We got to the Red (inside the 20-yard line) Zone today, as you saw. We worked some of the Red area in both our seven-on-seven and our team which is very good.

It was clear to me that the effort was excellent, that each day we got a little bit better. Thats what were looking for. Now, we continue on immediately tomorrow with OTAs. It wont be a lot different.

Q: Are you where you had hoped to be at this point so far as conditioning and getting things installed?

HALEY: Ive hit the conditioning a lot and I think weve made great progress there. Now that weve got some football under our belt and have gotten into the Red Zone and got to work some of that, then you start to really feel youre in football mode. It almost had a training camp feel to me, these last two days, the two-a-day aspect of it, them having to take care of their bodies a little more than theyve had to. Weve been able to teach them a little bit more about that using the cold tubs, and hydrating and doing the things necessary to keep them healthy and refreshed enough to come out and practice a second time.

It was all with a purpose and Id say Im happy with where were at right now, although we have a long way to go.

Q: Has there been anybody whos stood out in these three days to where youre surprised?

HALEY: Not so much from that standpoint, but a guy that stood out to me is Branden Albert. Hes a guy who came in way out of shape that we were all pretty disappointed in. He kind of let himself go when the season ended and probably in-season a little bit. But the guys got his nose to the grindstone and hes lost a lot of weight and is getting much stronger and practicing with technique. Im pretty excited about what the possibilities are for Branden.

Now there are a lot of young guys that I didnt know a lot about specifically on that defensive side of the ball some of the linebackers and those guys who are changing positions that Im encouraged by.

Q: What are your impressions of Jamaal Charles?

HALEY: Jamaal was a player that I liked a lot coming out (of college) and as Ive gotten to know him. He probably underperformed to the extent he wanted to last year. I think with Jamaal hes gaining a little confidence. Theres no doubt he has ability but if he can get confidence in himself and raise his expectations up to where they should be I think Jamaal will be all right. But hes done a great job in the off-season; hes learning how to work. Hes getting bigger, stronger; hes already fast. I think hes starting to understand offensively what were trying to do running and in the pass game, specifically protection.

Q: Do you get any sense whos ahead: offense or defense?

HALEY: Theres such a long way to go. We made strides on both sides of the ball, I really believe that. I was encouraged defensively, especially since its a brand new scheme and new positions for guys and that those guys definitely in these last couple of days made strides and made marked improvement.

Now, theres no pads. A lot can change but as far as without pads and playing techniques and doing the things that theyre supposed to do, I think they made strides and that got me a little excited.

Q: What do you see from special teams especially the return game?

HALEY: Special teams is going to be big around here. Ive made that clear to everybody and everybody says it. But really, the easiest way onto the team is to be one of those guys. Were definitely going to have two roster spots devoted to a special teams player and Im not talking about a snapper, but a true cover guy, an impact player in that phase of the game. So, I think there are a lot of possibilities and a lot of potential.

Weve got a big back in Jackie Battle whos fast and big and time will tell when we get to the games and into the padded practices. But to me hes a guy you look at and say, he should be a heck of a special teamer. Or, one of our young free agents, Jovan Belcher is another guy a run and hit guy who looks like when the pads go on and you start covering kicks he could make an impact. A couple of those guys are going to make the team because of their special teams ability. I just try to educate them all on that fact. Thats real life; Im just not talking. If we can get a couple of impact guys in that area of the game that can change a game for us they will be on the team.

Q: What about returners?

HALEY: Well, weve got a lot of guys doing it right now. Weve got some guys who have done it in the past, weve got some guys who can catch it real well who Im looking for to see how they actually return it; and weve got some guys that probably are pretty good returners but are struggling catching it. Weve got a lot of options and well have to weed it out. Well start to figure that out as we get closer to training camp.

twitterQ: Is Rudy Niswanger a capable return guy (laughs)?

HALEY: Oh, you saw the (mock punt catching) drill? (laughs) It was our little competition that saved them a (post-practice) gasser. I was impressed by Rudy; I was impressed by Mike Goff. He said he had never caught a punt in his life. Then the pressure was on Zach (Thomas) to keep the score tied and he made it. He double caught it and said if the pads were on that one would probably have bounced out.

Q: What are your thoughts on Brad Cottam?

HALEY: I think Brad has a year under his belt so hes probably a lot more comfortable than he was last year. He seems to know whats going on. Now, were all new but hes doing all the things that weve asked him. Hes working hard. He hasnt missed a workout. Hes obviously big and I think that gives you positives and negatives. He fell down a couple of times today. Hes a guy whos got to work on technique all the time being as tall as he is: keeping your knees bent and using proper fundamentals to give yourself good leverage.

But hes a confident receiver and I think when the pads go on hes got a chance to be a pretty good blocker. But I like our competition right now at tight end, I really do. Weve got a couple of young guys in OConnell and Crabtree who I dont think its far off to say that they could be in the hunt somewhere along the line. Then there are a couple of guys Im familiar with in Tony Curtis and Sean Ryan, who are different types of players. So, we went from being thin to having a nice competition at tight end which I think should play out favorably for us.
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Old 06-07-2009, 01:00 PM   #2
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Wow, interesting on Albert. That's the sort of thing Herm would never say.
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Old 06-07-2009, 01:09 PM   #3
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Q: Has there been anybody whos stood out in these three days to where youre surprised?


HALEY: Not so much from that standpoint, but the thing that stood out to me is Branden Albert's gut. Hes a guy who came in way out of shape that we were all pretty disappointed in. He kind of let himself go when the season ended."


Q: What are your impressions of Jamaal Charles?


HALEY: He hasn't been charged with assault yet.


Q: Do you get any sense whos ahead: offense or defense?


HALEY: Theres such a long way to go."


Q: What are your thoughts on Brad Cottam?


HALEY: He's no Tony Gonzalez .






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Old 06-07-2009, 01:27 PM   #4
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I like how honest Haley seems to be. It's refreshing.
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Old 06-07-2009, 01:28 PM   #5
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I like how honest Haley seems to be. It's refreshing.
I think I've read the same exact post with every new incoming head coach.
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Old 06-07-2009, 01:29 PM   #6
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as you saw.

I thought the media was only allowed to be a couple of time zones away from the action on the field?
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Old 06-07-2009, 02:17 PM   #7
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Wow, interesting on Albert. That's the sort of thing Herm would never say.
Yea, First of sorts we have had heard from Todd.
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Old 06-07-2009, 05:26 PM   #8
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So, we went from being thin to having a nice competition at tight end which I think should play out favorably for us.
Good thing we got rid of Tony Gonzalez. The TE position was sooooo thin when he was in there.
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:32 PM   #9
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Good thing we got rid of Tony Gonzalez. The TE position was sooooo thin when he was in there.
I'm glad also.

Maybe now we can figure out that WRs are the real playmakers in the passing game and actually find a couple in the next couple of drafts.
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:35 PM   #10
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i think Charles might be much more productive with Haley as head coach. He is much more suited to a pass first offense.
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I think I've read the same exact post with every new incoming head coach.
I never would have said that about Herm. I hated the choice from day one. The guy had either no plan, or a plan that was just not realistic given the team he had.
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Good thing we got rid of Tony Gonzalez. The TE position was sooooo thin when he was in there.
Haley's offense will not rely on the TE position for receiving, as much as it does for blocking. Right now it sounds like Cottam has some work to do in any case. We are going to have a big need for coaching up players all across the board. This is a real bad team coming in. Some of these guys are going to have to step up or they'll be cut.
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Q: What are your impressions of Jamaal Charles?

HALEY: Jamaal was a player that I liked a lot coming out (of college) and as Ive gotten to know him. He probably underperformed to the extent he wanted to last year. I think with Jamaal hes gaining a little confidence. Theres no doubt he has ability but if he can get confidence in himself and raise his expectations up to where they should be I think Jamaal will be all right. But hes done a great job in the off-season; hes learning how to work. Hes getting bigger, stronger; hes already fast. I think hes starting to understand offensively what were trying to do running and in the pass game, specifically protection.
That right there seems to be what we all, or most of us, feared was happening with Squirm. Players like Hali who were drafted by Herm his first year here are basically ****ed and have been set back 3 years. I wonder how many careers Herm is responsible for prematurely ruining with his stupidity and lack of a clue...
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