The Kansas City Chiefs couldn't get it done against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at the Lucas Oil Dome. The bottomline on the game is that the Chiefs lost but it isn't the same type of pitchforks and torches reaction that we're used to seeing. The Chiefs did some good things, mostly on defense.
Chiefs coach Todd Haley was willing to recognize the good things the Chiefs did against the Colts.
"I wanna take my hat off to our guys who in my mind really played their hearts out today, and played physical, which we knew was one of the keys to the game coming into this thing."
You usually don't hear this sort of thing from Haley. During his press conference (via KCChiefs.com), he seemed not content but calm with the way things turned out. I think you got the feeling that Haley was pretty happy with most of the Chiefs effort, despite the loss.
"When you hold this team under 20 points you should have a chance to be in the game until the end, which we were. Overall, I think our team, we need to execute in a couple areas a little better."
Haley couldn't say a whole lot of bad about this game. The team rarely criticizes Cassel so once you take him out of the equation, there's not a whole lot of criticism to be passed around (hello, Dwayne Bowe).
"To me, all things considered," he said, "we made progress today. I do not want our guys, our coaches, or players to think anything else. That's not blowing smoke. This team, in transition, made progress today."
If you keep with Haley's quarter theme then you realize this is the end of the first quarter and the Chiefs are 3-1. Keeping that in mind, then I can see how you would be content with where you sit a quarter into the season.