Chiefs Update – 10/17

From the Truman Sports Complex

The Chiefs were back to work on Monday after their four-day bye week hiatus. Head coach Todd Haley wasted no time getting them back up to speed.

The morning featured a conditioning session in the weight room and indoor facility. There were meetings at lunch time and then a walkthrough practice was held in the afternoon, as the Chiefs got an early start to their preparations for facing the Oakland Raiders this coming Sunday.

“As a staff we felt like going with a mental day in preparing for the Raiders would better serve us than having another full practice,” Haley said. “The guys came back with good energy and it seemed the best way to jump back into preparation.”

Despite having a two-game winning streak put on pause with the bye, Coach Todd Haley said the week off was scheduled perfectly for his team. “This time helped a number of guys get closer to feeling good physically,” Haley said. “I’ve heard from them today that the bye came at the right time and they feel better.”

Coming off their 2010 bye week, the 3-0 Chiefs lost two straight to Indianapolis and Houston. “I don’t think the bye week had any influence on those games,” Coach Todd Haley said. “We played a good Indy team and played them tough right to the end. We didn’t lose any momentum due to the bye.”

Haley and his coaching staff used the bye week to basically catch up with themselves. Because of major injuries at the start of the season to key players like SS Eric Berry, TE Tony Moeaki and RB Jamaal Charles, the coordinators on both sides of the ball had to revise their plans and strategies on the fly.

Berry was a huge factor in how the Chiefs planned to play defense this season, especially with his ability to cover receivers out of the safety spot. Moeaki was to be a major key in the offensive scheme as the coaches worked in the offseason building in more tight end opportunities along the lines of what the Colts do with Dallas Clark. Charles was simply the No. 1 factor in an offense that is built on the running game.

“I feel like we know a lot more about our team,” Haley said of the bye week pause for introspection. “We were able to do a bunch of research internally. We did some very good research projects in some key areas and some interesting things came to light.”

As the players returned on Monday, the team’s overall state of health appeared good. As they left last week, FB Le’Ron McClain (neck) and RB Jackie Battle (head) were the only known injuries from the Indy game. Both players may be limited in practice early in the week, but they are expected to be available for the game in Oakland.


2 Responses to “Chiefs Update – 10/17”

  • October 17, 2011  - el cid says:

    Not that it matter but only Marty understood what the fans feel about the raiders. Season did not matter, records did not matter, you beat the raiders.


  • October 17, 2011  - ED J says:

    All of the above you mentioned should matter. Beat Raiders along with winning the division




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