A Chiefs Grab Bag … Saturday Cup O’Chiefs

From the Truman Sports Complex

There have been NFL teams over the years that like to stir the pot a bit, especially when playing one of their division rivals.

It’s never a surprise to see say the Baltimore Ravens sign a fringe player to the roster or practice squad, a guy who spent previous time with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Also was seems to come about two weeks before they play the Pittsburgh Steelers. The New York Jets and New England Patriots have done the same thing over the years. Back in the 1990s, there was constant movement in the AFC West between the Chiefs, Broncos, Raiders and Chargers, as players and coaches switched sides on a yearly basis.

How much of that was a factor this week with the addition of former Jaguars DT Atiyyah Ellison to the Chiefs roster, the same week they happened to be playing Jacksonville?

The Chiefs say no and it’s not hard to believe that. But it’s fun to speculate, especially since the Jaguars have a wide receiver on their practice squad that knows a lot about the Chiefs – Lance Long. He was part of the team last year, and was with the club through the off-season, training camp and the pre-season. He was released on August 31st. Long was signed to the Jaguars practice squad on September 22nd.

So, have the Chiefs had to make changes in offensive calls and the like because of Long’s presence in the Jags’ building?

“I wouldn’t let anybody know regardless from a competitive standpoint but like I said, I’ve seen it work both ways,” said head coach Todd Haley. “We just have to worry about us and what we’re doing and how we’re going to do it and then just try and do it better than Jacksonville. Generally if we do that we’ll win the game.”

But believe me, it’s been discussed in the coaching meetings earlier this week and if there were calls or signals that needed changed, bet they were altered. That doesn’t keep coaches teams from reacting to that type of situations, or maybe overreacting. Haley said he’s seen teams overreact to the idea of inside information being exposed.

It’s all over-rated according to the head coach.

“Variables change every second and you’ve got to be able to adjust and you’ve got to execute regardless of what happens, whether you’ve prepared necessarily for it or not because we’re human, they’re human, it’s not computers playing computers,” said Haley. “Different things are going to happen.”

 GREENWOOD’S A GUNNER & OTHER SPECIAL TEAMS INFO

WR Terrance Copper has moved to the top of the tackle chart in the kicking game, as he’s been credited with six tackles in coverage on punts and kickoffs. LB Corey Mays, LB Andy Studebaker and S Reshard Langford are next with four tackles each. Langford got his four tackles in the first two games; he’s not played since because of an ankle injury.

Those coverage units have not allowed a return of more than 30 yards on kickoff returns and 13 yards on punt returns. No other team has long return numbers as low as the Chiefs. They are the best coverage units in the league.

Last week in Houston, the core of the four major special teams units was Mays, Studebaker, Copper, Jackie Battle, Charlie Anderson, Javier Arenas and Cory Greenwood.

Greenwood is serving as a gunner on the punt team. That’s one of the two players split wide who are usually the first ones down the field in coverage. Normally, this is the province of speedy cornerbacks, safeties and wide receivers. The 6-2, 235-pound Greenwood is an inside linebacker.

It’s seldom a spot where a linebacker is seen, but Greenwood has the speed to make plays down the field.

“I was surprised when they moved me out there, but I knew it was just another chance for me to show them what I can do,” said Greenwood, a rookie free agent out of Canadian college football. “It’s fun when they have only one guy out there blocking me, not so much when there are two. I’ve had to get creative with some of my moves. Those are things I’d never seen before.”

Greenwood was a real surprise to make the final roster and he’s determined to do whatever is necessary to stay with the active roster. “The more you can do, the more ways they will find to use you,” Greenwood said. “I just want to play and if they want be to be a gunner, I’ll do that. I’ll do anything they want on the punt team. I can (deep) snap, I can block.”

But can he punt?

“No, but give me a couple weeks,” Greenwood said with a smile.

CASSEL’S PASSER RATING STARTING TO CLIMB

Last year, QB Matt Cassel finished his first season as the Chiefs starting quarterback with a 69.9 passer rating. That placed him in the bottom 25 percent of starting QBs in the league. That number was better than only a few

But over the last three games, his overall passing numbers have been improving and so has his passer rating. We’ve bunched up the numbers to make it easier to understand how much progress that Cassel has made.

 Year

 

Att.

 

Cmp.

 

%

 

Yds.

Avg

Att.

 

TD

 

INT

 

Rating

Career

1,183

698

59.0

7,721

6.53

46

32

80.2

2009

493

271

55.0

2,924

5.93

16

16

69.9

2010

135

78

57.8

851

6.3

7

3

84.5

Games 1-2

50

26

52.0

244

4.8

1

2

55.8

Games 3-5

85

52

61.2

607

7.1

6

1

101.5

THE GUY WHO GETS HIT UNDERSTAND IT’S TOUGHER FOR THE HITTERS

Cassel was asked this week about the conversation of the week in the NFL, about helmet-to-helmet hits and what sort of penalties those types of plays should bring.

“It would be hard for me as a player to change the way that I have been playing for a long period of time or coaches to change how they have been coaching for a long period of time,” Cassel said. “Football is football and I am sure guys are going to go out and give 100 percent effort and things are going to happen regardless whether the rule has changed.”

Was Cassel ever the hitter, rather than the guy getting hit?

“I did in high school. I was a safety,” Cassel said. “I wouldn’t necessarily consider myself a head-hunter. I always hoped to run behind the guy, grab his jersey and pull him down as quickly as possible.”

When asked if any hit he’s taken was more memorable than another, Cassel had a quick answer.

“The one that I remember was Albert Haynesworth last year when he landed on me,” Cassel said. “He is a big man and it knocked the breath out of me so that kind of scared me for a second.”

NFL PERSONNEL FILE FROM FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22

  • BENGALS – activated S Tom Nelson from the reserve/PUP list
  • BILLS – released S Cary Harris; activated LB Jon Corto from the reserve/PUP List.
  • COLTS – placed TE Dallas Clark on the injured-reserve list (wrist) ending his season.
  • DOLPHINS – placed DE Jared Odrick on the injured-reserve list (fractured foot) ending his season.
  • PACKERS – released LB Kenwin Cummings.
  • RAVENS – activated S Ed Reed (hip) and LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (quad) from the reserve/PUP list; placed OT Jared Gaither on the injured-reserve list (back) ending his season.
  • TEXANS – three players were each fined $5,000 for actions in the team’s victory over the Chiefs last Sunday. G Wade Smith was fined for a leg whip, DE Adewale Ogunleye was clipped for a late hit and SS Bernard Pollard was dinged for his late hit on RB Thomas Jones out of bounds.

5 Responses to “A Chiefs Grab Bag … Saturday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • October 23, 2010  - el cid says:

    Not about anything but what is with the girl on the advertising on this page? Does she look surprised or what, by what?

    ESPN interviewed M. Grundy, OSU HC, and behind him was some kind of personnnel roster of the Chiefs. Anyone know what that is about?


  • October 23, 2010  - bhive01 says:

    I like this Greenwood fellow. Maybe it has something to do with growing up in Greenwood, MO, but I like his attitude and I like is ability to tackle as well.


  • October 23, 2010  - bhive01 says:

    @ El Cid, her mouth says she’s surprised by the Chiefs’ record this year, but her eyes are expressing the disappointment of that loss in Houston.


  • October 23, 2010  - el cid says:

    Sort of figured she was frozen from watching the second half, looking for that one defensive stop.


  • October 23, 2010  - Rand says:

    Now that’s funny!




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