But with a few days left to prepare for the teams first exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there are still a lot of questions surrounding his football team. And honestly the only way in which Haley and the rest of the coaching staff is going to answer them, may have to come from what they see over the next four games.
Anyone who has witnessed a Chiefs training camp session will tell you that it's anything but entertaining. In fact, it's very boring, monotonous and if you're not sure what to look for; you'll miss a lot.
Further, outside of one practice, the one that occurred last Friday a day after all players were allowed to participate, the hard hitting sounds of summer had not been heard or felt.
After that hard-hitting practice last week players were fatigued, exhausted and their bodies were rejecting the pace of Haley's afternoon workout. This week the practices will get a little more intense. And the increased contact required to get in NFL shape, should be something the player's bodies can adjust too in the summer heat.
But as far as playing a football game on Friday night goes, most of them aren't ready for that. In fact it's doubtful, and we'll banter about this all week, that many of the teams superstars, free agents or draft picks will see much if any action against Tampa Bay.
For all practical Friday's game versus the Bucs will consist of guys who won't make the final 53-man roster for either team. And sadly some of them are going to be playing the game as sacrificial lambs. But that's not anything new. It happens every August. That's why NFL rosters expand to 80 players in the summer and as part of new CBA this year, the ability to carry 90 players.
The problem with that is most NFL teams aren't even close to that number this summer. At the moment, the Chiefs are carrying just 84 players.
So as fans, don't expect much on Friday night and understand that most teams are going to treat this weekends games like a glorified scrimmage. And those that don't, might find themselves in need of having extra medical staff in attendance.
In retrospect, the NFL should have probably pushed the exhibition season back a week. The NFL could have just moved up week one games to the end of the season, pushed back the start of the playoffs and taken out the extra week before the Super Bowl. That way they would have given the players and the coaches an extra week to insure that injuries don't mount in the preseason.
But to do that, the owners and players would have lost some significant coin. And as we all witnessed this summer with the lockout, that's not something either side had any interest in doing – even if it was the best thing for everyone.
So on Friday night when you come to Arrowhead, bring your best BBQ and welcome your defending AFC West Champions back home. Because the ‘Home of the Chiefs' theme during the national anthem, might be the loudest you hear the stadium get all evening long.
And you know what, that's good enough for me. I'm just glad football is back!
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So what are you expecting on Friday night when the Chiefs play their first exhibition game?
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