Chiefs coach Todd Haley cut the final minicamp practice short which meshes with the most recent Associated Press article about the coach. Haley's mellowed out.
"He’s more comfortable," Brandon Carr told the Kansas City Star. "He knows what to expect. Just like as a rookie coming in, you’re kind of feeling your way through. You’re a fish out of water. He’s kind of settled down."
At his afternoon press conference, he continued with the company line the Chiefs have employed since day one: Just continue to make progress.
One of those guys making progress, Haley says, is rookie TE Tony Moeaki, who was out for much of the OTAs with an undisclosed injury.
"He's moving in the right direction," he said of Moeaki.
Another position that may not have demonstrated last year the type of progress the Chiefs need was linebacker. Haley called them one of the hardest working position groups last year but conceded, like all positions, there needs to be improvement. Specifically, he says, they need to do a better job of playing the run.
The Chiefs were 31st against the run last year.
He says a few of the guys will make a leap from just being in the system for a full year while other guys -- like Demorrio Williams and Corey Mays -- are healthier heading into 2010.
Meanwhile, Haley also pointed out the running backs as a group with good competition. Thomas Jones of course is becoming the leader of that group and that's the reason he was brought into Kansas City. Haley says Kestahn Moore -- previously thought to have little chance to make the team -- is following Jones around. In fact, Haley says he rarely sees Jones without Moore a few feet away.
Those are the parting words from Haley as the Chiefs wrap up the final day of mandatory minicamp.