Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley had a quote on Thursday that if you took out of context would look a little funny.
"This team we're playing on Monday we're not nearly as skilled as they are," Haley said. "It's not close. That's no disrespect to our players. It's just the way that it is."
Realistically, he's right. The Chargers are consistently been referred to as one of the most talented teams in the league
to never win a Super Bowl.
But what Haley was talking about was the difference between players that are skilled and players that are talented.
"Skill is skill but it doesn't come down to the most skilled player," he said. "There are a lot of skilled athletes that have missed their opportunity to be in the NFL or whatever sport we're talking about. Skill is skill but I think it's the other variables that separate the skill from the talent and truly talented players."
Haley and Chiefs GM Scott Pioli have talked about this often. Finding the best football players -- not the most skilled football players. They say often that the they're building a great team -- not a collection of Pro Bowlers.
I think most of what Haley says is correct. However, at some point you need skill. The Chiefs are getting there with guys like Brandon Flowers, Tamba Hali and Jamaal Charles.
We'll see if those types of guys are enough to beat the Chargers on Monday night.