“I’ve been telling these guys from day one,” Haley said, “and that includes just now when we ended practice, is we need you now. We don’t need you tomorrow, we don’t need you next week, we don’t need you next year.
If the rookie from Tennessee does something big in his NFL debut _ and he’s a big-play artist _ the Chargers only have themselves to blame. Philip Rivers’ 600 yards and five touchdowns passing last year made it painfully clear to K.C. that it needed serious help in its secondary, and in using their fifth-overall pick on Berry, the Chiefs think they have the NFL’s newest version of Ed Reed.
f Derrick Johnson can re-capture his rookie form, if Brandon Flowers can continue to improve, if Eric Berry plays at a high level, the defense could be one of the league’s best. If Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones play like they did last season, if Dwayne Bowe and Matt Cassel play like they did two years ago, the offense could be really good. Too many ifs, but this should be a team on the way up.