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Todd Haley indicates Chiefs won’t rest starters

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The Kansas City Chiefs have clinched the AFC West but can’t earn a first-round playoff bye, so it might make sense for them to rest some key players in Sunday’s regular-season finale to make sure they’re healthy for their first postseason game a week later.

But Chiefs coach Todd Haley says that’s not the way he does things.

“We’re a transitioning team,” Haley said. “Maybe some teams can look at games differently, but I know our group right now — with where we are in our development — we need to approach them the same way, which is get ready to win and put everything into [Sunday’s game against the Raiders].”

Haley didn’t come right out and say starting quarterback Matt Cassel will play the entire game on Sunday, but that seems to be the team’s plan. And even though the Chiefs can’t earn a bye, Sunday’s game could determine whether they’re the No. 3 seed or the No. 4 seed in the AFC — and being the No. 3 seed means that if they win in the wild card round, they don’t have to go to New England in the divisional round.

From all indications, Week 17 is shaping up to have a lot of good games, and even the teams without much of anything to play for are planning to play their starters. In years past we’ve been treated to the likes of Colts quarterback Curtis Painter and Saints quarterback Mark Brunell in Week 17, but this year we’re going to see plenty of first-string football.

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13 Responses to “Todd Haley indicates Chiefs won’t rest starters”
  1. randolph32 says: Dec 28, 2010 10:14 AM

    This is the smart play….teams that rest seem to lose their edge imo

  2. sportsdrenched says: Dec 28, 2010 10:14 AM

    “The Week 17 must be divisional games” rule is brilliant. In this instance, even though the Chiefs are already in the playoffs, they’re playing an arch rival in the Raiders. No one is sitting for that one.

  3. xli2006 says: Dec 28, 2010 10:37 AM

    The Chiefs don’t have the 3rd seed locked up either. If the Colts win and the Chiefs lose, the 3rd seed would be Indy’s. Given the fact that the Wild Card teams could be formidable opponents, that 3rd seed is worth playing for.

    Regardless of what you think the Colts did or didn’t do last year, after resting their starters they dismantled the Ravens and took care of the Jets in the AFC Championship. It was nearly 5-6 weeks between the final weeks of the season and the Super Bowl. It had no bearing on the Super Bowl loss this Feb.

  4. JSpicoli says: Dec 28, 2010 10:55 AM

    All these coaches postering like they will play it normal. BS. The starters will start, but watch how they get pulled by the 3rd quarter. Watch.

  5. joetoronto says: Dec 28, 2010 10:57 AM

    Alright, bring it on!

    This will be one of the dirtiest games in recent memory.

    I can’t wait.

  6. burntorangehorn says: Dec 28, 2010 11:20 AM

    This is Raider week for the Chiefs, and time to avenge the earlier-season loss. Oakland is one of KC’s two biggest rivals, and I don’t think the fans, coaches, or players would be happy if the plan were to do anything but go full-throttle against Oakland until the outcome is no longer in doubt. If KC goes up three scores in the third quarter, it’s possible they might put in Croyle to just feed the ball to Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles, with the occasional PA to Moeaki and Bowe. That’s just clock-burning, though, and cannot be the initial approach.

    Also, Oakland is 7-0 in the AFC West. If I recall correctly, no team has gone undefeated in its division and not made the playoffs.

  7. haleyistheman00 says: Dec 28, 2010 12:35 PM

    Oakland is 5-0 in the division. Other than that I completely agree with you burn.

  8. commandercornpone says: Dec 28, 2010 12:41 PM

    oakland is 5-0 in the afc west this season. seattle is in the nfc west now, and oakland did not play seattle twice this season. once was enough.

    then… teams dont usually go to the playoffs when they are 2-8 outside their division.

  9. zimmyman says: Dec 28, 2010 12:46 PM

    JoeToronto “can’t wait for a really dirty game.”

    Typical comment from a Raiders fan when they have nothing to play for which seems to be the case year after year. I’m sure the Raiders will play dirty.
    Its what undisciplined teams that can’t win do.

    Hope you enjoy the playoffs Joe while your team sits home AGAIN.

  10. raiderinpa says: Dec 28, 2010 1:50 PM

    Great! Hope their starters DO play, so they wont have any excuses when they LOSE!!

    And dont worry zimmyman, we’ll save a seat for you for next week when your team is eliminated from the playoffs as well…. in the out-house…

  11. raiderapologist says: Dec 28, 2010 8:54 PM

    KC has nothing to gain from resting their starters. They’re young and untested, and need to keep some continuity going. Oakland has been inconsistent, but they’re playing for a division sweep. They have enough talent to get it done, and you know they’re going to try. If the Chiefs hope to make any noise in the playoffs they will need to show up Sunday. Besides, it’s Oakland’s last game, and joetoronto would appreciate a friendly divisional slugfest. Me too.

  12. joetoronto says: Dec 29, 2010 7:09 AM

    zimmyman says: Dec 28, 2010 12:46 PM

    JoeToronto “can’t wait for a really dirty game.”

    Typical comment from a Raiders fan when they have nothing to play for which seems to be the case year after year. I’m sure the Raiders will play dirty.
    Its what undisciplined teams that can’t win do.

    Hope you enjoy the playoffs Joe while your team sits home AGAIN.
    *******************************************************
    Awe, are you gonna cry now, zimmy?

    Your gonna need a full sized sheet of paper to mark down all the injuries to your team.

    And I’ll be right here, laughing, while you cry.

  13. backuppunter says: Dec 30, 2010 12:33 AM

    a couple years ago I thought they should give herm edwards another year. Then I thought it was a bad idea to get rid of thigpen and bring in cassel. I also thought charlie weis was loser, and i didn’t think much of todd haley either…..

    I guess i was wrong

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