Johnson and the Chiefs can expect to see a lot of the option on Sunday when the Broncos play at Arrowhead Stadium in the first of two meetings between the teams this season. The Broncos changed much of what they do on offense since replacing former starting quarterback Kyle Orton with Tim Tebow three weeks ago.
“He may not have the traditional way (of) standing in the pocket and delivering certain (passes),” Johnson said. “But as long as you win, it doesn’t really matter.”
Q: How odd is it preparing for a read-option team at the NFL level?
HALEY: “I think it’s a great challenge. Like I said, we’ve had to do it here because the wildcat really is a lot of what you see at times, but the difference is that generally the guys running the wildcat aren’t the quarterback. So, you’ve got the quarterback running the option, which then makes it a triple threat. The running back is running, him running or throwing the football, so I think it’s going to be a great challenge. We have a plan and you need to have a plan for the plan, and then we need to make sure we go out and execute and do it the way we need to do it.”
Players said they were ready to move past last Sunday’s result as quickly as possible and begin a second half of the season with the goal of repeating as AFC West champions.
“It’s was big for us to get that losing taste out of our mouth and just move forward against the Denver Broncos,” RB Dexter McCluster said. “This game coming up against the Broncos can really be a turning point for us in the second half of the season in getting us feeling good in the locker room again and helping us do what we want to accomplish, which is to win the AFC West.”
Haley was still wearing his lucky beard Wednesday, proving that his superstition is stronger than one loss. He began growing the beard after the Chiefs’ narrow loss at San Diego, letting it grow wildly as his team won the next four games.
“My grooming habits have nothing to do with the performance of our team,” he said with a smile. “That’s my own obsession, compulsive disorder, whatever they call it. You don’t get to see me when I’m picking up pennies and how I do it and what pocket I put them in.”