KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 27: Head coach Todd Haley of the Kansas City Chiefs watches a replay during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 27, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The Kansas City Chiefs are 4-7, they've lost their starting quarterback (and running back and tight end and safety) and they're in the midst of the toughest stretch of the season.
But Chiefs coach Todd Haley says they're not out of it yet.
"We are in this race even though it may not appear so," Haley said on Monday (via KCChiefs.com). "If we can play a little better but do a lot of the things that we've been doing the last couple weeks against a copule of really good opponents, if we can do the things we've been doing and just eliminate some of the things that hurt us in addition to getting it in the end zone a couple times someway, somehow we can get ourselves into a spot where we can be pretty happy with the result."
I mean....technically, he's right. The Chiefs could run the table, finish 9-7 and get some favorable tiebreakers within the division to be declared AFC West champs.
But realistically? It's over. You could sell me on 5-6 but not 4-7, not with such an unknown at the most important position in sports.
Haley has no choice but to show faith in his team. The head coach can't give up, not publicly or privately. I'm sure he realizes the reality of the situation, the odds stacked against him so it's not like he's ignorant of that.
Haley plans on "being in this thing to the end" but each week seems like an elimination game (and they keep losing those).