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Whether his team faces Palmer or Boller, Haley’s overriding message is that the Chiefs can’t be consumed by Oakland’s change at quarterback.

“First and foremost, we have to stop one of the best running attacks in the league, one of the best backs (Darren McFadden) in the league,” Haley said. “If we don’t do that, it will be a long day for us. It won’t matter really who’s playing quarterback. We’ve got to stay focused on the specific strengths of their team.”

Johnson agrees that all the Palmer talk will merely become a subplot if the Chiefs’ defense fails to take care of its primary goal of taking away the run.

Carson Palmer is a guy who can beat you with his arm. He’s a guy who’s very seasoned at the quarterback position, but they run the ball,” Johnson said. “That’s their bread and butter.”