Last Training Camp Practice Report

From St. Joseph, Missouri

It seemed only appropriate that the Chiefs final practice of training camp at Missouri Western State University would go down under sunny skies, high temperatures and muggy air. If there’s one thing this camp will be remembered for after the return to Missouri was the extreme weather conditions the Chiefs dealt with in practice.

They didn’t seem to mind much on Thursday afternoon as practice No. 23 went in the books for a two-hour session that was short on physicality and contact and long on mental reps and planning for Saturday’s pre-season game in Tampa against the Buccaneers.

“I was encouraged coming in Day No. One and I’m still encouraged so I would say we’re either on schedule or a little ahead,” said head coach Todd Haley about his team’s three-week stay on campus. “I haven’t felt any major dips.

The Chiefs seemed to work more on plans and plays for Saturday against the Bucs than they did last week in prepping to play the Falcons. It could be because of the outcome of that game, and especially the slow start that had Haley and staff working on more identification of opponent’s plays and schemes.

When the Chiefs leave for Tampa on Friday they will likely leave four players behind – QB Brodie Croyle, RB Kestahn Moore, FS Jon McGraw and G Darryl Harris.

Here are some observations from a hot afternoon:

– Haley said that Bobby Greenwood is now an offensive lineman, and will continue to work with that group throughout the rest of the pre-season. Greenwood moved from defensive end to guard/tackle on Tuesday. “This is a guy that learned the meaning of the more you can do,” said Haley. “That’s something we tell all the young players. I let them know right out of the game, the more you can do.”

– Personnel decisions for Saturday night will be made at a coaching staff meeting on Thursday night but most of the team’s starters will likely play longer than they did last week. “We’ve got to get these guys in and ready to play,” Haley said.

– The head coach did indicate that recently signed QB Bill Stull will probably get a chance to play on Saturday, largely because he’s come in and handled everything in a short week so well. Stull again looked very comfortable on the field, whether he was handling plays for the Chiefs offense, or demonstrating plays out of the Tampa Bay playbook. “I would think there’s a good chance,” Haley said when asked specifically if Stull would play.

– Here was the No. 1 kickoff coverage team on Thursday: CB Travis Daniels, WR Quinten Lawrence, LB Jovan Belcher, FB Tim Castille, RB Jackie Battle, K Ryan Succop, WR Terrance Copper, LB David Herron, LB Cameron Sheffield, CB Mike Richardson and SS Eric Berry.

– And here’s the No. 1 kickoff return unit: S Donald Washington, Belcher, Castille, Herron and Richardson across the front. The wedge is Battle, Sheffield OLB Andy Studebaker and TE Leroy Banks with Copper and CB Javier Arenas deep.

– Despite the practice being less physical than previous workouts, Haley kept stressing tempo to his team. If he said tempo once during the two hours, he said it 50 times. The head coach is determined to see his team start games quicker and not get caught with their tempo down at the start of the game.

– The Chiefs will have a walkthrough session on campus in the morning and after that they’ll break camp. Players and coaches will have a chance to get settled a little bit and then they’ll take a late afternoon flight to Tampa.

6 Responses to “Last Training Camp Practice Report”

  • August 19, 2010  - RW says:

    “Pre-season games and outcomes don’t mean anything”, is what we’ve heard over and over. To some extent that’s true if you’re truly looking to evaluate talent and decide on final rosters as a winning team would do.

    To a team with a 10 win 3-season on their resume`, winning ANYthing means a lot more. A LOT more.

  • August 19, 2010  - dan says:

    The heat and the lack of shade was to much for my wife and kids when we came up from wichita for the first weekend of tc…

  • August 19, 2010  - el cid says:

    Looking forward to saturday’s game, I got a idea. How about McCluster and Horne be the starting unit’s WRs? Bowe and Chambers can be 3 and 4. Then we could see if they have any ability to stretch the field (Bowe and Chambers cannot) AND Cassel can display his Weis instructed improvement at the QB position. Seem like a win, win to me.

  • August 19, 2010  - Edward says:

    I think we’ll see a much better game from Chiefs Saturday I’ll be at a wedding so I’ll miss it but I expect us to win and also expect Cassell to play well along with usual suspect Charles and Mcluster. Should be fun. As far as Cassell goes he’s got better weapons my concern is the o-line how much better is our o-line compared to last yr. If the pass protection is significantly better I expect Cassell to put 22-25 touchdowns and probably 11-12 picks preety good season with over 3000 yards passing. He has the weapons but will the o-line give him time to go through his progression and stretch the field. Chambers proved last yr he still can catch passes down the field and I think Moeki can do the same at the tight end position the o-line is the key to 2010.

  • August 19, 2010  - Michael says:

    I’ll give Cassel and the offense a little more time before I become pessimistic about their chances. Certainly more than one preseason game.

  • August 19, 2010  - Michael says:

    just a heads up…the Chiefs just put their depth chart up on

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