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Haley defends going for it on fourth down

The Kansas City Chiefs aren’t a very good team, so it’s no surprise that they don’t lead the league in very many statistical categories.

But they do lead the league in one: Fourth-down conversion attempts. The Chiefs have gone for it on fourth down 27 times this season, converting 13 of them. And although it might seem like the Chiefs’ 3-10 record should cause coach Todd Haley to re-think his approach to game-day decision making, Haley says he’s confident that more often than not, he’s made the right call.

“There are a lot of different factors that come into those decisions,” Haley said, per the Kansas City Star. “You go with what you feel. . . .

“Those are decisions you’ve got to make and you’ve got to make off what your team is doing on that particular day. I don’t think it’s anything you can necessarily predetermine what you’re going to do because you don’t know what the situation is going to be and when it’s going to be upon you.”

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was widely criticized this season for his decision to go for it on fourth down deep in the Patriots’ territory in a play that ultimately set up the Colts’ come-from-behind win, but Haley hasn’t faced much criticism for his fourth-down decisions — probably because the Chiefs haven’t been in any big games.

And Haley says even the times when it didn’t work — like a failed fourth down late in Sunday’s loss to the Bills, when the Chiefs were in field-goal range — he thinks he did the right thing.

Said Haley about that failed attempt against the Bills, “I have no regrets about the decision.”

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9 Responses to “Haley defends going for it on fourth down”
  1. Skippy20008 says: Dec 19, 2009 4:55 PM

    We should celebrate coaches who have cajones. And it looks like more and more have some these days.

  2. Favre On HGH says: Dec 19, 2009 5:05 PM

    They also play from behind a lot, probably just had the same feeling in the Bills game.
    3-10, 4-9, neither is going to the playoffs so might as well have some fun.

  3. Captain says: Dec 19, 2009 5:15 PM

    Chuck Norris never has 4th, 3rd or 2nd downs. He always scores on his first play from scrimmage whether it is on offense or defense.

  4. Brewster says: Dec 19, 2009 5:17 PM

    Haley sounds a lot like Josh McDaniels defending his 3rd & 4th down decisions that have failed.

  5. Mean D says: Dec 19, 2009 5:29 PM

    Wish that or idiot in Tampa had the guts to try it more often.

  6. redsquare says: Dec 19, 2009 5:32 PM

    A 3-10 record is exactly why he should be going for it on 4th down. What does he have to lose? The reason the Chiefs are 3-10 is not 4th-down attempts. Every time I see them kick a weaselly field goal when they’re behind by 7 or 10, I think I’m seeing the problem.

  7. Quagmire says: Dec 19, 2009 5:34 PM

    Maybe he doesn’t get as much criticism for his fourth-down decisions because none of his have been from HIS OWN 29 YARD LINE.

  8. spliffbunker says: Dec 19, 2009 6:37 PM

    @ Quagmire :
    he went for it against Denver from his own 28…
    4-8-KC 28 (14:08) (Punt formation) 12-B.Croyle pass incomplete short left to 43-T.Gafford.
    i have seen a few KC games this year & IIRC he has gone for it on 4th down several times in his own end of the field & fairly early in the game

  9. bbq says: Dec 19, 2009 7:46 PM

    I kinda like it. Sometimes I get so mad when a coach decides to punt on 4th and inches when they can get it… looks like I won’t be having that problem as long as Haley is around.
    But, for the record, I still think Todd Haley is a piece of crap head coach who has made tons of terrible decisions already.

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