CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Running back Thomas Jones #20 of the Kansas City Chiefs dives for a first down against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19 2010 in Cleveland Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Leading 16-14 and facing a fourth and one on the Browns 36, Haley's choices were to punt the ball, attempt a 53-yard field goal or go for it.
"All we knew was we were going to let the clock run down and whatever the coaches called..." Chiefs RB Thomas Jones said after the game. "Obviously a lot of the guys wanted to go for it because we take an opportunity to work on those plays all the time during practice so that was a good opportunity to see how well we practiced it."
The result: Ding! Ding! Ding! The Chiefs gave the ball to Jones for the fourth straight play and got the first down after a challenge upheld the original call.
"It says a lot," Jones said of Haley's decision to go for it in that situation. "That's a crucial play in the game. We could try to kick a field goal, punt it, whatever...but for the coach to have that much confidence in you that you can go out there on fourth and one and get the fourth down, it says a lot."
It says a lot about what Haley thinks of the Chiefs run game but it also says a lot about what he thinks of the defense. Haley had to weigh the consequences if he didn't get it. That would give the Browns the ball with less than two minutes left on their own 36-yard line.
Assuming Haley thought this all the way through, that means he had enough confidence in his defense to risk giving it up with decent field position. I think that's a good sign that he can make that call.
KCChiefs.com has some nice video of post-game player quotes from Jones and others.