Chiefs Vs. Falcons Preseason: Todd Haley Not Discouraged By The Offense

ATLANTA - AUGUST 13: Head coach Toddy Haley of the Kansas City Chiefs questions a call against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on August 13 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

"We clearly have a bunch to work on in a lot of areas," Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said after a 20-10 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the first preseason game.

Indeed, the Chiefs have plenty to work on, namely the offense. Matt Cassel and most of the first team offense played four series which resulted in a three-and-out, turnover and two missed field goals.

So is he discouraged by their performance?

"No I think there was a bunch of things we could control to be better that would have helped us," Haley said. "A couple of those early runs it didn't look like we were blocking anybody but then we came back and it looked we were blocking some people.

"I know Jamaal on a couple of his tocuhes had real opportunity to make big plays, potentially. So, no, I wouldn't be discouraged.

"I was encouraged with the quarterback, most everything he did running the operation. I just don't want him to take a sack on a fringe. I'm going to get madder at that than the good stuff he did because we can't afford to give up points in any situation and he knows that and he'll learn from it.

"So, discouraged is a word I'm not using. I'm encouraged in a number of areas."

I think Haley's just being protective of his offense here because their performance was clearly discouraging. Cassel didn't have any range on his throws and took a third down sack in field goal range, Thomas Jones played just one series and the offensive line allowed a couple of critical pressures.

Other than Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster, there's not a lot to be optimistic about on the offensive side of the ball after that performance.

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