Talking points with Todd Haley

August, 17, 2010
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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- I wanted to get some quick thoughts from Kansas City coach Todd Haley’s presser. No Kansas City players were available prior to practice.

Haley was evasive when it came to how long backup quarterback Brodie Croyle would be out with an arm injury. The team has signed quarterback Bill Stull to help carry the load in practice and potentially in Saturday’s preseason game at Tampa Bay.

''Whether [Croyle’s injury] is a month long, one week, two day, one day, we had to get an arm in here,” Haley said.

Haley was asked if he ever considered not having a physical training camp.

“It’s all I know,” Haley said. He said other coaching philosophies are fine, and perhaps one day he could change his stance, but staying physical is what he’s most comfortable with.

In other news:
  • Center Rudy Niswanger played some guard in camp Tuesday and Haley said Niswanger’s versatility could allow him to do that during the season.
  • Haley praised the play of linebacker Mike Vrabel, who turned 35 Saturday.
  • Haley stated the importance of special teams. He said he told his team that some players will make the 53-man roster and play on game day based on their special-teams performances in camp and in the preseason.
  • Former Kansas City great Tony Gonzalez said there is a 50 percent chance this is his final NFL season. Gonzalez was traded to Atlanta prior to last season.
  • It’s a cloudy and fairly cool day here. The Chiefs are enjoying this weather after dealing with extreme heat and humidity for much of camp.

I hope to have more after practice.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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