Friday 11/26 Practice Report-Update2

From the Truman Sports Complex

It has been a week of experimentation and what ifs this week for the Chiefs coaching staff when it comes to replacing CB Brandon Flowers.

Flowers appeared to be the only player ho was not working at all in Friday’s practice, the last of the week in preparation for Sunday’s game in Seattle.  He was in the rehab area riding a stationary bike and he’s not participated at all in this week’s practiced. Figure him as one of the eight inactive players on Sunday, although the Chiefs did not declare him out of Sunday’s game; he was designated doubtful.

But how do the Chiefs go about replacing him? That’s what’s led to a lot of discussion and ideas between Haley and his defensive coaching staff. That there’s not an obvious answer is one of the problems the Chiefs have with their roster right now.

“Injuries for us of any kind are going to be an obstacle for us at most spots,” Haley said on Friday. “What we need is for guys to be ready for the call to duty so to speak. That’s part of the development of your younger group.”

The possibilities include rookie nickel back Javier Arenas, first-year man Jackie Bates and veteran journeyman Travis Daniels. It would seem the obvious choice would be Daniels, but last week when Flowers left the game with his hamstring in the fourth quarter, Daniels did not go on the field. Instead safety Ricky Price moved over to that corner.

“He was having a little issue (injury),” said Haley. “It was just one of those things. He tightened up or something and we just had to make due.”

Daniels is not on the team’s injury report this week and seemed to practice all three days. On Friday he was working in the team’s nickel package.

But there’s a chance that the Chiefs go in a completely different direction in this game.

“We have a couple different plans in effect each and every week,” Haley said. “Some may involve a smaller nickel package. We’ve prepped a bunch of different scenarios to be ready one way or another. This (LB) Cory Greenwood shows some skill as a nickel backer. Demorrio (Williams) has nickel backer ability, focusing in on that portion. We’ve practiced a bunch of different scenarios to make sure we have all bases covered.

Would the coaches be more likely to leave Arenas in his nickel back role, rather than move him into Flowers spot?

“That goes with the theory of don’t weaken two spots,” Haley said.

The team went through their final practice of the week Friday morning under sunny skies but in chilly temperatures.It was the third outdoor practice of the week for the Chiefs and they should be very prepared for the game-time weather conditions in Seattle. The National Weather Service forecast for Sunday is a 40 percent chance of showers, a light wind from the south with a high near 40.

LT Branden Albert (hip) appeared to be the only other player on the injury report that was watching and not working. When the offensive line went through their position drills, it was Barry Richardson at left tackle. RG Ryan Lilja (foot) was back with the No. 1 offensive line, after essentially watching the last two practices.

WR/RB Dexter McCluster (ankle), TE Tony Moeaki (concussion) and FS Jon McGraw (knee/head) all appeared to be participating.

All of those players were listed as questionable on the Chiefs official injury report to the league.

For the Seahawks, they declared G Chester Pitts (ankle) , TE Anthony McCoy (knee) and DT Colin Cole (ankle) out of the game. Listed as questionable were WR  Mike Williams (foot) and FB  Michael Robinson (foot). Listed as probable were G MIke Gibson (ankle), WR Golden Tate (ankle), C Chris Spencer (finger), QB Matt Hasselbeck (wrist), WR Brandon Stokely (calf), DE Chris Clemons (ankle), MLB Lofu Tatupu (knee) and CB Marcus Trufant (concussion).

4 Responses to “Friday 11/26 Practice Report-Update2”

  • November 26, 2010  - rufus says:

    hi bob, thx 4 the report. who play CB during practice with Carr? Did they slide Carr to RCB and use Travis D at LCB ?? Did Don Washington play CB at all ??

    thx 4 all you do

  • November 26, 2010  - rufus says:

    lol … k thx

  • November 26, 2010  - aPauled says:

    So Haley is insinuating that Greenwood or Williams will take a nickel OLB position and drop into coverage. The fact that he said that makes me think that it won’t happen…much.

    I don’t see Arenas taking a lot of snaps in the base D. We need Arenas fresh for returns and shouldn’t expect to much from McCluster in the return game in his first game back. Daniels and Price better be ready to go.

    On the other side of the ball, it will be nice to see McCluster and Moeaki back. If Seattle puts 8 or 9 in the box, we will have the flexibility to get the screen and short passing game going for some big plays. Pull the extra man and the running game should get going.

  • November 26, 2010  - Michael says:

    I would be tempted to move Arenas in for this game, but Emmitt Thomas knows best. I believe the CB’s name is Jackie Bates, NO.41. Travis Daniels has the most experience, so you would think he gets first shot at playing in place of Flowers. Bates is smaller, faster and more athletic. I liked what I saw of him last year and this past preseason. Donald Washington was a corner coming out of Ohio State, but he’s been transitioning to safety, and doesn’t look like he needs to be any more confused at this point. Who knows, maybe they’ll use three safeties when they go to nickel instead.

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