Haley said his team has to take advantage of its chances, which so far have resulted in little more than near-misses. One of those came last week, when nickel corner Javier Arenas came around the edge and nearly brought down Detroit’s Matt Stafford.
“As much as anything else,” Haley said, “we have to take advantage when those opportunities arise, when the ball comes loose or the ball is thrown inaccurately or in a direction that we can make a play. Things will happen.
Thomas Jones, RB, Chiefs (37, 30): I get PR reports from the NFL teams, and they always include positive stats about players. Every once in a while I’ll use one, like “so-and-so has three 100-yard rushing games versus the AFC” or that sort of thing. I haven’t used one yet in this article. Because they are from the team, they are always positive stats, so if I ever use them, they’re in the “love” section. Anyway, here’s all Kansas City could come up with for Thomas Jones: “Thomas Jones (1,980) needs 20 receiving yards to reach 2,000 for his career.” Yeah. Just because Jamaal Charles is out doesn’t suddenly turn back the clock for Jones, who is still old, still has Dexter McCluster to share touches, still on the road at an angry San Diego host, and still plays for a team that has yet to score a rushing touchdown this season.
HALEY: “First off, like I’ve said, this has been a group effort to be where we are right now, and it hasn’t been a very good group effort as a team. I’m not looking at it as the defense gave up this amount of points because when the ball is turned over and a lot of the things that have gone on, I don’t know that you can necessarily put your defense in some of those positions on a series-after-series situation or in series-after-series plays, which happened in the last game especially. As far as how we get ready to go each week, it’s very much like the offense. We do a lot of talking and discussing, especially about how to utilize our ability versus some of the things that they’re doing. I have great faith in [Romeo] and the entire defensive coaching staff. Much like the offense, we do a lot of talking about it and just try to get it right.”