Chiefs Update – 11/22

From the Truman Sports Complex

The Chiefs arrived back in Kansas City around 4:30 Tuesday morning from New England and their 34-3 loss to the Patriots.

Todd Haley gave the players Tuesday off and they’ll report later on Wednesday as they get ready for the start of preparation week for Sunday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium.

The coaching staff was hard at work dicing up the tape of the Monday night drubbing and starting game plan structure for the Steelers. Haley did speak with the media Tuesday afternoon and touched on several different subjects:

OFFENSIVE COACHING – Not only did coordinator Bill Muir move from the coaching box to the sideline for Monday night’s game, but Haley took over the duties of giving QB Tyler Palko the play calls over the coach-QB communication system. “I felt strongly that where we are r ight now, we have to do whatever possible to get better,” said Haley. “I thought having Bill on the field, he talks to the offense all week long. I just wanted to get a little closer connection within the game.

“Bill is still the primary play caller but what changed (Monday) night was I took the coach to quarterback communication. I was the only speaking to Tyler. That was strictly with the environment we were going into and Tyler being the first time around as a starter. We had some efficiency issues, so I thought the most direct line of communication would help us and free coach (Jim) Zorn up to focus on Tyler and what he was doing in the game.”

Haley again stressed that Muir remains the primary play caller. “It’s a collaborative effort,” Haley said. “All the coaches are involved.”

TIPPED PASSES – Expect this week work with Haley and his receivers about tipped passes. Two of those went for interceptions Monday night against New England as first Jonathan Baldwin and then Steve Breaston tipped balls at the middle of the field that were grabbed for interceptions by the Patriots.

“There is clear cut technique that in my opinion there are things you can do and things you can’t do and there’s a better way to do it,” Haley said. “I know that ball being tipped up in the air, especially between the numbers, generally lead to problems, and big problems.”

RYAN LILJA – The LG was removed from the Monday night game late in the third quarter with what the Chiefs described as a head and neck injury. Haley said he’s optimistic that Lilja will return soon. “I think he’s going to be OK,” said Haley. “He took a big hit and didn’t want to come out, but we thought it would be better if he came out.”

ROOKIE G RODNEY HUDSON – The second-round draft choice got about 20 plays with the offense in the fourth quarter as he replaced Lilja and Haley said he was happy with the performance. “He got a bunch of work this week in practice for other reasons,” Haley said. “We are excited bout Rodney and what he can bring to the team.”

16 Responses to “Chiefs Update – 11/22”

  • November 22, 2011  - Blake says:

    I wouldn’t put all the blame on the WR’s when it comes to tipped passes, Baldwin tried to reach out to catch the off target pass, it wasn’t his fault Palko couldn’t hit him, I think it was the exact same thing with Breaston. Palko just isn’t accurate enough to be a starting QB. It is as simple as that, Stanzi has more accuracy than Palko…

  • November 22, 2011  - Niblick says:

    I just saw where Denver released Kyle Orton. I’m just wondering whether the Chiefs should put in a waiver claim or just stick with Palko and Stanzi. If this year is lost I guess they should just stick with them.

  • November 22, 2011  - ED J says:

    Im with u blake breaston ball was behind him. Put Stanzi in there we’re going look back on this realize it was waste to put Palko in there only to get blown out because of his weak arm and lack of accuracy

  • November 22, 2011  - ED J says:

    Secondly i felt play calling went smoothier last night why didnt Haley do that all alone. Jim zorn doesnt know terminology as well as Todd so he shldnt been involved in relaying plays from day one. No one is perfect but clear mistake by Haley. Lessons learned by young head coach

  • November 22, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Powe got some playing time. Looks like a quick first step, but was on the ground a bit. It will be interesting to see if he continues to be active.

    Was Dorsey missed?

    It’s a shame Palko isn’t more accurate. He’s obviously a smart guy.

  • November 22, 2011  - Chuck says:

    I hope we don’t go after Kyle Orton. Waste of money to pick up his expensive contract. He would not be the long term answer as he is worse than Cassel.

  • November 22, 2011  - ED J says:

    Agreed Chuck don’t think will go after Orton. Hopefully at some point Haley puts Stanzi in preferrably after Steelers game. Its time we find out what this kid can do.

  • November 22, 2011  - Slide says:

    What I saw from Rodney Hudson in the 2nd half was better than Lilja has given us all season. He wasn’t being bowled over in pass protection, and got to some guys quickly, latched on and kept his motor going. One embarrassing play was Studdebaker trying to drive block Julian Edelman on a kick return, getting his weight and momentum to far forward and getting thrown aside by a 5-11, 195 pound WR/KR/DB. How do the Pats find these guys?
    Ninkowski, Arrington, Edelman (7th round), their two rbs, various players on DL and OL are all FA or retreads and they all look like Pro Bowlers, well at least against KC — and the Jets.

  • November 23, 2011  - txchief says:

    Orton is certainly no worse than Cassel. He also knows the Broncos offense, and there is another game against to Donkeys to play. He’s also worth a compensatory pick in the draft if he’s released in the spring.

  • November 23, 2011  - el cid says:

    Orton is a deal if the Chiefs intend on trying to win another game this year. Forget get him if they are going to draft a QB in first round in next draft or if they want to run up the white flag and see what they have in Plako and/or Stanzi. For me I wish they could grab Orton and trade him to Chicago for a draft pick (not allowed, I know).

    As for Palko, I have seen enough, Haley loves him but no arm strength, don’t know why the Chiefs are not working on this, maybe never thought he would play as tough as Cassel has shown himself and is a Pioli guy.

  • November 23, 2011  - el cid says:

    I have been saying the Chiefs have decided Hudson is no Center, he is a better fit at Guard. I first heard this after the second game. I would guess a free agent C in 2013, Weigman until then.

  • November 23, 2011  - ED J says:

    I doubt it el cid i think Hudson will be center and lija start at guard next season. He jus filled in at guard bcs he backup for both positions. As for Orton trade deadline has past we jus need to ride it out with Stanzi and see what he has Palko is waste in starts if he was any good he would at very least made in ufl or canadian league. I think we need see what Stanzi can do we can find out if we need him compete wit Cassel next season or do we need draft RG3 landry jones or matt barkley

  • November 23, 2011  - leonard says:

    Of Course Tyler was inaccurate. How much has he worked with the receivers. You have to give the kid a chance. Did you think he was going to be this great Passer in his first start ever? Mann, you guys are just whiners. Big Time.

  • November 23, 2011  - ED J says:

    Leonard you dont have to be working with guys for weeks to be accurate i mean either you are or you’re no one is whinning we’re being honest. There is a reason this kid gets cut everywhere he played football. CFL UFL and NFL im sure he would make good coach not going help him as player. Why do fans hate when other fans just being honest. Its like some Broncos fans want to tell is Tebow is a good Qb

  • November 23, 2011  - RW says:

    As to the reasons for putting a claim in on Orton:

    1) He’s a FAR better option than scout team QB Palko and a rook that’s seen no PT thus far.

    2) If he somehow sticks around, gets a new deal from the Chiefs at the end of the 2011 season, Orton will provide a genuine competition at QB and PUSH Cassel for the job which Cassel hasn’t had and needs.

    3) Jobs are on the line all the way from the guys without long term deals/guaranteed money to many if not all members of the coaching staff and on into the front office. Getting a few more wins and maybe even finishing around .500 WITH Orton as opposed to 4-5 wins probably saves a lot of jobs which in turn, maintains continuity.

    4) Orton is not an elite QB but neither is Cassel so let the best man win which again, is a better solution near term for 2012 than drafting a raw rookie QB in the premium rounds.

    5) If Haley and his coaching minions can’t turn it around with a veteran seasoned QB at the helm for the final 6 games, a clear course of action will open for hiring a new head coach with prior experience.

    Add it all up and putting a claim in on Orton is a no-brainer. And what if Orton refuses to report? The Chiefs are no worse off than they are now so why not put Orton on the clock and in play?

  • November 23, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    I am shocked we just claimed Orton off waivers. It will cost us $2.5 million. It shows how bad they know Stanzi is.

    Here’s a new QB for the haters to hate…

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