Haley pleased with unbeaten Chiefs’ attitude

The unbeaten Kansas City Chiefs seem eager to stay that way.

Just minutes after Sunday’s 31-10 rout of the favored San

Francisco 49ers, many players were already looking forward to this

bye week – but not in terms of fishing trips and Vegas

vacations.

Instead, they were looking ahead to their next game at

Indianapolis on Oct. 10.

”I think the bye week is coming at the best time,” said

cornerback Brandon Flowers, who made a game-turning interception

for the second week in a row. ”That means we can get extra film

study, extra time to get ready for going against the Colts and

Peyton Manning, and that high-powered offense. That can take us a

long way.”

The Chiefs (3-0) had just played their finest game in many

years. Yet, their celebration seemed mixed with a determination to

keep the success flowing.

”This is my ninth year and it’s only the second time I’ve been

3-0,” said safety Jon McGraw. ”Now we have to buckle down and get

ready for Indianapolis.”

To coach Todd Haley, that sort of attitude is another sign that

a new day is dawning for a down-and-out franchise which had won

only 10 games the three previous seasons.

”That’s a critical part of this,” Haley said Monday. ”A

critical part of becoming a good team is the ability to focus on

the task at hand, not getting too caught up in the past or the

future. I think there’s some definite good to that.”

No other player personifies the transformation of the Chiefs

more than Flowers.

Taken in the second round out of Virginia Tech three years ago,

he struggled his first season and made progress his second. But

this season, with Romeo Crennel installed as defensive coordinator

and valuable experience to draw from, he seems to be reaching a

peak. He had an interception return for a touchdown against

Cleveland last week when the offense failed to score a

touchdown.

And his athletic interception of an Alex Smith pass on Sunday

was immediately followed by Dexter McCluster’s 31-yard

catch-and-run TD that put the Chiefs on top for good.

”I think Brandon has from last year through this year and this

offseason continued to do the things that put him in a position to

really help our team,” Haley said. ”Brandon has a chance to be a

real good player in this league. He’s doing the things you have to

do to potentially be one of the real good corners in the

league.”

The film study, with Crennel pointing out the nuances of the

49ers offense, made the difference in the interception, Flowers

said.

”I’ve seen that route on film a lot,” he said. ”I told myself

before this year that I just have to be more opportunistic. If I

get my hands on the ball, I’ve got to come down with it. So I

did.”

Another defender who’s been singled out for praise the past two

weeks is defensive end Shaun Smith. Filling in for injured Tyson

Jackson, Smith helped hold the 49ers to just 43 yards rushing.

But also for the second week in a row, Smith was accused of

grabbing an opponent below the belt.

Last week, it was Cleveland center Alex Mack, who was so angry

he started to chase Smith down. On Sunday, 49ers tackle Anthony

Davis made the complaint.

Smith has denied he’s a ”dirty player,” and Haley said Monday

he had no idea what anyone was talking about.

”I think these officials are the best of the best, as far as

sports goes. No disrespect to other sports. But these guys are

really good at what they do and I’m sure when we do things that are

outside the rules, a penalty flag will be thrown. And when that

occurs it’s brought to my attention. But that’s really all I’ve

got.”