“Attack the Defense”… Haley lays out the defensive changes in Chargers vs. Chiefs

10/30/11 in NFL   |   KurtKingsley   |   1858 respect

As the Kansas City Chiefs host the San Diego Chargers at the Arrowhead Stadium on Monday, there will be a lot of questions flowing through our minds, however there will be one that tops them all, “Will the Chiefs be able to pull another flawlessly defensive night?”

After succumbing to defeat in the first 3 games of the season, head coach Todd Haley managed to turn around Chiefs’ form to win each of the following matches. Chiefs handed in an immaculate performance against the Oakland Raiders last week by defeating them 28-0. Fans will no doubt have their fingers crossed hoping to witness another spectacle.

Haley admitted making a couple of defensive tweaks before the match against the Raiders and reckons them to be the reason behind their success. Also, Haley has sometimes used Jonathan Baldwin as a tight end which brings us to the question if the usual wide receiver, Baldwin will play in his uncharacteristic role yet again.

When Haley was asked whether Baldwin was used as a tight end because of team injuries, tactics or to train him for a future role in that position, Haley responded with, “I see it as a little bit of both, plus because like I said earlier, I think Steve Breaston and Dwayne Bowe are playing at a high level right now. They’re making progress every week and I surely don’t want to disrupt them a whole bunch and start moving them around, so to speak. But at the same time, we want to get guys involved that we believe can help us and Jonathan is a big guy and has a bunch of ability, but it’s early on.”

Haley continued, “I think you’ll see us be creative in the way we use a number of guys, but first and foremost to attack the defense we’re playing. Last week it was something that we felt like gave us an advantage one way or another, so I think it was a good start for him. At the same time, we had him outside and inside, so like I said, I think you’ll see creative ways from our coaches in trying to utilize the abilities that we have.”

Haley also commented on what last year’s win against the San Diego Chargers meant for the Chiefs. Haley said, “I thought it was huge for us last year. Now, last year is last year; this year is this year. I understand the question and the importance of it to everybody. When you’re starting a season and you’re coming off of a difficult season and you’re able to play a division opponent at home on Monday Night Football, national television and get off to a good start like that last year, it definitely gave us a little boost.

“Like every other game, it was one game in a series of four that we like to try to stay focused on. Now, this is one game in a series of four that we’re really focused on and we know that last year has nothing to do with this year. We’ve got to go out there and play our best football.”
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