Trailing 24-7 at halftime against the Eagles, Chiefs coach Todd Haley made a surprising strategic decision to start the third quarter.
He started to emphasize the running game. This caused much teeth-gnashing in Kansas City, with the impression that the Chiefs gave up on winning the game.
“It was in my gut because of the way we performed early in that game and ran for three yards,” Haley said, looking exhausted Monday. “I got to halftime and
I thought to myself, what are we doing? We need to make some progress in this game. I just felt like our best chance
offensively to make progress was to figure out what we wanted to do.”
While Haley was admittedly thinking ahead to the next week, the Chiefs also pulled a number of trick plays out in Philadelphia. That’s not a sign of a coach that has given up.
“It was, in my gut and as the head coach that something had to be done to benefit this team,” Haley said. “Not in that particular
game but to benefit this team as we go forward, to establish our mindset and to lay it out there. Let’s see who’s got
“I think you started to see some signs of guys deciding whether they were going to lay down or they were going to
fight. I saw some positive signs despite the outcome of the game.”
Haley is facing a lot of heat, but the Chiefs played hard in their first two games before the Philly meltdown.
Unfortunately, playing hard isn’t likely to be enough with the Giants in Kansas City this week.