Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley spoke to reporters on Monday and the topic most of us wanted to hear the most was what he had to say about the loss of S Eric Berry, who is done for the season with an injury, in the Buffalo Bills game on Sunday.
I caught the audio of Haley talking on 810 WHB (listen to it here). Here's what Haley said:
Confirming the injury: "I won't go into details but I will say that it appears he's gonna be out for the season."
More on Berry: "I think Eric is a special, and will continuie to be, a special individual and player. That's one of those that really digs you deep. First and foremost, just from a standpoint of....I know how hard he's worked. I know how much it means to him. I know he was really excited. He was named a captain by his peers, voted on to be a captain by his peers and, you know, it's devastating for him. That's the biggest heartache for me."
On injuries being inevitable: "On the other end of it, I've said it a million times, injuries happen. People are going to go down. I'm sure yesterday, across the league, a number of guys were lost for the season. I don't know that to be fact, but I'm guessing. I think the teams that are able to handle that and have guys step in and up.
On who will replace Berry: "In the case of Eric's, I believe it's not just going to be one person. I think it's going to be every special teams player, every defensive player, and every offensive player that will have to elevate their game to counter balance the loss of a pretty unique, great kid who I think is going to be a great player in the league."
On whether the block by Bills WR Stevie Johnson legal: "I just know we lost one of our best players and that hurts."
On what the rule is of a block like that: "Again, I'm more concerned with us and what we're going to have to do to just make sure we don't let yesterday, in any way, shape or form, drag down our ability to have a successful, exciting season and to accomplish our goals."