KANSAS CITY MO - OCTOBER 24: Running back Thomas Jones #20 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball up and over while trying to score during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on October 24 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley talked this week with Mitch Holthus on the HyVee Chiefs Insider show (airing Sunday morning before the game). As expected with a game like this, the conversation shifted to the running game and Haley talked about the difference between the Chiefs No. 1 rated rushing attack and the second rated Oakland Raiders ground game.
"They're a little different in that they have some backs that each have different pluses," Haley said. "They're all very good backs and they have a full back that's unique also."
The Raiders are the No. 2 rushing team in the league so this isn't all coach-speak from Haley. They're legitimately a very, very good running team. Darren McFadden is doing his best Jamaal Charles impression at 5.5 yards per carry.
Both good rushing attacks. What does Haley like about the Chiefs'?
"The good thing about our guys is that they're interchangeable," Haley says, "which has given us great versatility and flexibility going forward. We're just trying to build on that and do the things we know we have to do to run the ball efficiently."
This is such an underrated aspect of the Chiefs running game. We're not privy to the play calls but both Haley and OC Charlie Weis have said that they don't have to change the play calling depending on the running back. Basically, you've got one running back that's fresh basically all the time.
"Stopping the run will be a priority this week and not turning the football over will be another priority."
Just like it is every week.