10-07-2009, 01:39 AM
Even in the face of a situation Todd Haley called a “worst-case scenario” on Sunday, the Chiefs’ first-year coach is trying to stay hopeful and poised. The Chiefs are 0-4, and Haley acknowledged this week that there’s no changing that. There is one productive thing to do, though: Look toward a potentially more forgiving future with, as the coach hopes, a team strengthened by having to play a brutal schedule to begin the season. Baseball players swing a weighted bat in the on-deck circle, sprinters train with ankle weights in advance of an important race, and the Chiefs played three heavyweights in the first four weeks. Haley expects the team to have become stronger as a result.